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Is India advocating protectionism to defend globalisation? Natasha Agarwal analysis the announcement of import tariffs in the Union Budget 2018 and conclude that the very absence or lack thereof of accurate complete interoperable trade data is where India’s protectionism lies.

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Policy World

Export Credit Agencies and a changing climate

Natasha Agarwal argues that by having progressive targets and ensuring that the targets are met, Export Credit Agencies can facilitate greater availability and accessibility of tools needed to tackle a changing climate.

Policy World

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”.

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From the Newsroom

Natasha Agarwal with Florian Habermacher 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.

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From the Newsroom

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,”

She says

“Having worked with the US data portal, and trying my luck with India’s, I can say we are not even close.”

 

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