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SAARC

SAPTA TO SAFTA

ANSHUMAN GUPTA

Year : 2002

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136 pp

ISBN : 8175411074, Price : $70.00 Add To Cart

About the Book

The book explores the potentialities of economic cooperation among the countries of the South Asian region under the aegis of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It underscores the imperatives of forging a successful Regional Trading Bloc (RTB) in the region in view of the increasing trend in favour of such groupings the world over. It examines at length whether the regionalism and multilateralism under World Trade Organisation (WTO) are complementary to each other or contradictory. It critically studies the progress made so far in carrying out the work of opening up the economies under SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) and the time and work required to upgrade it into South Asian Free Trade area (SAFTA). It also draws a comparison between the regional trading blocs among the developed countries, like EU, NAFTA etc., and in South Asia, comprising the developing and least developed countries, in terms of trade cooperation. Finally, it attempts to are recommend some measures to step up economic cooperation among the members countries.

About Author

Dr. Anshuman Gupta, acquired his Ph.D Degree in International Trade and Finance, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Over the years, he has published a number of articles in reputed national dailies and journals. Having had a brief stint initially as an Economic Journalist in a financial magazine, he worked with the 'Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)', New Delhi, as an Economist. Currently, he is associated with Apeejay Institute of Management and Information Technology as a Senior Assistant Professor.


Contents

Contents - Introduction, Regional Cooperation under SAARC (1985- 95), Regionalism versus Multilaterism, Anatomy of SAARC Preferential Trade Agreement , SAPTA: A Balance Sheet, Conclusion

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