India-Pakistan Trade Normalization
At SDPI, we have been advocating that peace is a dividend of enhanced economic cooperation. That’s why, the institute always advocated for trade normalization between India and Pakistan. Sponsored by DFID, the study aims to support the track-I initiatives through, a) developing B2B India-Pakistan Trade and Marketing web portal that can facilitate the traders’ community in both the countries to come together online; b) revisiting and updating sector-specific NTBs faced by India and Pakistan; and c) taking the advocacy of India-Pakistan trade to a new level through joint track-I and track-II discourse.
- To create an information resource unit to facilitate Pakistan’s exports into India and at the same time encourage targeted Indian services into Pakistan, with the view of facilitating and guiding Pakistan’s SME and the young upcoming entrepreneurs.
- To develop alternative sectors for India–Pakistan trade, with a view to promoting niche, long-term product lines suitable for SMEs and young entrepreneurs.
- To revisit and update existing stock of knowledge on the tariff and non-tariff barriers particularly with respect to non-traditional items in India-Pakistan trade.
- To go beyond the standard estimations of changing producer margins in trade and evaluate how consumers an gain from easing of restrictions in India-Pakistan trade.
- To identify trade costs on account of some particular logistic-related non-tariff barriers (for select set of goods) and recommend (from the point of view of freight-forwarders) how to reduce them.
- To identify venues through which Track-II efforts can compliment Track-I in strengthening trade ties between India and Pakistan.