Won’t join RCEP trade pact, India reiterates

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    Won’t join RCEP trade pact, India restates

    Over the weekend, 15 countries of the region signed the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership RCEP trade pact.


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    Upgraded: Nov 16, 2020, 01: 21 PM IST

    India has restated it will not sign up with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Collaboration RCEP trade pact. Leading sources, validating to WION, New Delhi’s constant position on the issue over several factors. India was one of the initial 16 getting involved nations of the RCEP however had actually withdrawn in 2015 over numerous reasons, among which was Chinese items flooding the Indian market.

    Over the weekend, 15 nations of the region– China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and all 10 members of the ASEAN pact signed the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Collaboration RCEP trade pact.

    Previously last week, asked if India will sign up with RECP, Secretary East in Ministry of External Affairs Riva Ganguly Das stated, “Our position is well known, as far as India is worried, we did not sign up with RCEP as it does not address the impressive issues and issues of India, nevertheless, we remain dedicated to deepening our trade relations with ASEAN”.

    While they signed the pact on Saturday, member nations of the economic pact announced that India can participate in the group’s activities as an observer member and left a window open for India to join it on a future date.

    The joint declaration after the signing of the mega pact had an unique Ministers’ Declaration on India’s involvement in the pact. It said, ‘At any time previous to its accession to the Agreement, India may participate in RCEP meetings as an observer” and in “economic cooperation activities carried out by the RCEP Signatory States” under the RCEP Contract, “on conditions to be collectively decided upon by the RCEP Signatory States.”

    The summary of the agreement leaves an unique exception for India to sign up with the pact later on. Chapter 20 of the pact states, “this Agreement is open for accession by India, as an original negotiating State, from the date of its entry into force”. The pact is the most significant financial pact which accounts for 30% of international GDP and 30% of the global population.

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