As India continues to liberalise the implemented eVisa programme, Natasha Agarwal highlightS how these liberalisation measures only adds confusion creating procedural bottlenecks in the system. If boosting tourism is on the agenda, fixing the existing premise of the eVisa programme remains imperative and needs to be dealt with imminently. Afterall, as World Travel and Tourism Council states an “easy and hassle-free availability of visas is one of the basic ingredients for attracting foreign tourists”.
Natasha Agarwal with Florian Habermacher in their column at Mint argue that the arguments proposed by India’s Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Subramanian, supplementing India’s Economic Survey’s black box calculations are superficial in economic reasoning, biased in supporting the case of coal against renewables. Consequently, policy recommendations are vague and exaggerated, and the government should exercise caution before adopting them.
Natasha Agarwal speaks to Hindustan Times on India’s Open Government Data
“For my use cases, I often find incomplete data sets on the data portal, making it almost impossible to use it for research whose outcome can then be used for evidence-based policy-making,”
“Having worked with the US data portal, and trying my luck with India’s, I can say we are not even close.”
India has taken a slew of measures in an attempt to attract FDI in the single-brand retail segment. However, the multi-brand retail segment continues to remain restrictive. Natasha Agarwal looks at international evidence to understand the impact of FDI in multi-brand retail segment and suggest that the Indian government should not only go beyond its current status quo but also invest in itself to benefit from incoming FDI. After all, a restrictive protectionist regime shall only hurt the Indian consumers, Indian producers, and the country in all.
United States and the fight against climate change: A greater role for the US EXIM Bank?
The future of the Export Credit Agency (ECA) of the United States, the US Export Import Bank (EXIM bank hereafter), has been a controversial subject for the past presidential terms as proponents and opponents have been unable to agree on whether the Bank actually promotes US exports and generate American jobs. Of particular interest is the question of the environmental impact of the credit granted. In this policy brief, Natasha Agarwal and Louis Dupuy examine the political complexity behind the role of US EXIM Bank in promoting climate compatible development in the past decade and offer insight into its potential future contribution to climate related actions.