The Indian rice trade is keen that the cereal is included as part of the agreement as it could help boost exports.
The farmers from Mandya, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Hassan and other districts staged a massive protest against the proposal as they are apprehensive that the duty-free import of milk products will affect their livelihood.
India is increasing its engagement with Africa. Since 2014, there have been 32 outgoing high-level visits from India to Africa.
The All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) will organise protests, demanding the Union Government to withdraw from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Those who oppose RCEP fear the pact will allow China to get access to the Indian market, especially because 90 per cent of the products are expected to have tariff free movement in the region over the next 15 years.
Shivamogga Milk Federation along with milk producers staged a protest against the inclusion of milk in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has decided that the party will stand against the free trade agreement, and is planning to protest the "anti-farmer" trade deal both within Parliament during the winter session.
India has bargained a nearly 10% advantage over China in tariff elimination during the ongoing RCEP discussions in a move aimed to placate the domestic industry and pave the way for New Delhi to conclude negotiations.
Trade minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said India and the US have agreed on broad contours of a trade package. And Goyal hinted India may not rush to sign the RCEP trade pact
Activists of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch on Friday urged the the central government not to take the proposed free-trade agreement, the RCEP forward.
Indian negotiators are in Bangkok trying to insert crucial provisions in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact.
India’s difficulty in acceding to the mega regional free trade agreement RCEP is reflective of a deep malaise in not just its trade policy but also domestic economy.
Negotiators representing 16 countries have been tasked with arriving at an agreement on the controversial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by October 19 but trade unions say the deal has grave consequences.
At a media interaction in New Delhi, experts from civil society organisations enumerated damages that could be caused to various sectors of the Indian economy if India signed the deal.
Over the past few years, one of the few bright spots in trade that has been in the spotlight is the RCEP. While the initiative continues to receive a lot of headlines, obstacles remain to it becoming a reality.
Real lives and livelihoods are at stake. That is why people are saying ‘No’ to RCEP!
If India is going ahead with RCEP negotiations, India must insist on rules of origin mandating significant domestic value addition in the country of the final exporter as well as strengthen bilateral mechanisms for ensuring compliance.
National co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch Ashwani Mahajan tells ThePrint that from dairy sector to steel, chemical and automobile, no one wants RCEP.
PM Narendra Modi will take up India’s unresolved issues in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement at the leaders’ summit next month if the 16 members are unable to resolve them over the next few days.
RCEP meet: India had proposed certain tweaks in the negotiating text of electronic commerce during the 9th Intersessional Ministerial Meeting.