Are India's Trade Policies Hurting Its Growth Prospects?

June 25, 2013
The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will present “The Elephant Stumbles? Are India's trade policies hurting its growth prospects?” as part of its Georgetown on the Hill series, which brings the center’s work to Capitol Hill for tutorials on public policy issues. 
India’s economy has slowed from a 10-year average of about 8 percent growth to 5 percent growth, and its trade deficit has ballooned to $191 billion. The value of the rupee has tumbled, and foreign investment has fallen 40 percent. Struggling to inject new life into its manufacturing sector and to create jobs, India has adopted protectionist policies that require foreign firms to source inputs locally. At the same time, it is blocking a consensus in the WTO to make ports more efficient and refuses to participate in the international services agreement (TISA) being negotiated by countries representing more than three-quarters of world trade in services. The forum will discuss the role of open trade and investment policies in spurring renewal of India’s economic growth. 
Speakers include: 
Swaminathan Aiyar, columnist for the Times of India
Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Nelson Cunningham, president of McLarty Associates
J. Bradford Jensen, professor of international business and economics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and senior policy scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Chris Moore, senior director for international business policy, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Bob Vastine (moderator), senior industry fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Follow the discussion on Twitter, #gcbpptrade.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served. 
Rayburn House Office Building
Room B-318 
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20003
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or
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