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 speak 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.”
Natasha Agarwal tells Global Trade Review (GTR)
“The real question is: ‘Is the support generating dollar value to the US? All things constant, is US support to American companies to export to India generating greater exports to India?’ Great that you are giving more money to countries where you have a low export share but is this money actually generating exports? This is what we are trying to test.”
A US EXIM Spokesperson tells GTR
“Given that such gaps predominantly exist only for certain goods (such as capital goods) to specific markets (less developed countries) and for specific times (for example, the global financial crisis), it is quite appropriate that US Exim authorisations show no correlation to trends in overall US exports. US Exim support is generally driven by the specifics of each case. Accordingly, there is no real feasibility of conducting any level of correlation analysis on US Exim activity.”
Political complexity of the US EXIM Bank in promoting climate compatible development
The US EXIM Bank has been a controversial subject, and the very reason being that proponents and opponents have been unable to conclusively debate on whether the US EXIM Bank actually helps generate American jobs by promoting US exports. Nonetheless, the biggest loser in this debate continues to remain the environment.