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About CRT

The Centre for Regional Trade (CRT), an autonomous Think-Tank, has been established recently by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

CRT is mandated to focus on policy-oriented research while viewing India's economic engagements with the global economy through a regional lens. Broad areas of research, capacity building and outreach programmes cover Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Technology and developmental issues.

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Head CRT

Dr. Ram Upendra Das

Ph.D. and M.Phil. (Economics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Honorary Fellow, Academy of World Watch, Shanghai, Non-resident Fellow, Hazar Strategy Institute (HASEN), Istanbul. During 26 years of research experience supervised studies for ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO, EXIM Bank, SAARC Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCAP, World Bank. Contributed to inter-governmental Joint Study Groups (JSGs), international negotiating processes on behalf of Government of India. Most recent books: Perspectives on Rules of Origin, Palgrave-Macmillan: UK (2011) and Regional Trade and Economic Integration, World Scientific: Singapore and New Jersey (2012).

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