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Rare Earth: Has US Lost the Technology Battle Against China?

“A Chinese company bought Magnequench,” “Not only did the jobs go to China, but so did the intellectual property and the technological know-how to make those magnets…. I’m not comfortable with the fact that we now have to buy magnets for our bombs from China,” said the exasperated Senator Hillary Clinton in a speech in Pittsburgh on April 14, 2008.

Webinar on “Indian Economy – Today and Future Prospects”

Key Takeaways On 07 August 2020 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Vivekanand International Foundation (VIF) jointly organized a panel discussion on Indian Economy – Today and Future Prospects. The session deliberated on the following issues: Overall economy & sectoral perspectives Immediate, short term and medium-term measures needed from the government to boost growth How can Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan support the recovery and help the economy sustain the medium-term growth?

Decoding Atmanirbhar Bharat with Dr. Anantha Nageswaran

The Vivekananda International Foundation organized a virtual interaction with Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran to discuss the Special Economic “Atmanirbhar Bharat” Package announced by the Government of India in the wake of COVID-19. Dr. Nageswaran is a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He is a Distinguished Fellow at VIF and a senior economist with a vast body of work in the financial and management sector.

Virtual Vimarsha on 'Global & Indian Economy'

A special virtual edition of Vimarsh was organized on Global & Indian Economy in the Post-COVID era by the Vivekananda International Foundation on June 8, 2020. The public webcast brought together an eminent panel comprising of Sh. S. Gurumurthy, Chairman, VIF and Independent Director, Reserve Bank of India; Member of Parliament [RS] Sh. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Vice Chairman, Centre for Economic Studies; Ambassador Prabhat P. Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF and veteran diplomat; and Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF.

Achieving Global Competitiveness-Improving Ease of Doing Business

Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on ‘Achieving Global Competitiveness-Improving Ease of Doing Business’ on 14 February 2020. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, opened the floor by laying the purpose of the roundtable, which was to analyse the general conditions of doing business with a focus on Steel Industry and the Strategic Sector of India. Amongst the participants were Mr. Binoy Kumar, Steel Secretary, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President – Corporate Services, Tata Steel Limited and Mr.

Interaction with Dr Anantha Nageswaran on Union budget 2020-21

The Vivekananda International Foundation recently organized a talk by Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran on the Union Budget 2020-21 and the macroeconomic challenges that the country faces. Dr. Nageswaran is a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Committee. He is a Distinguished Fellow at VIF and a senior economist with a vast body of work in the finance and management sector.

Vimarsha: Panel Discussion on Political Stability and Transformation of Union Budget

A special edition of Vimarsh was organized on Political Stability and Transformation of Union Budget at the Vivekananda International Foundation on February 15, 2020. The public event which marked the launch of the newly set-up VIF Centre for Economic Studies, brought together an eminent panel comprising of Sh. S. Gurumurthy, Chairman, VIF; Member of Parliament [RS] Sh. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Vice Chairman, Centre for Economic Studies; Ambassador Prabhat P. Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF and Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF.

Interaction with Dr. Anantha Nageswaran

"The Chinese Economy: Trump Effect, Deleveraging, or Both?"

After Withdrawing from RCEP What Next?

… should other members of RCEP be more accommodative towards India’s needs, and signal their willingness to discuss a win-win deal for India, that should be welcome ... the decision to join should be based primarily on whether it can significantly contribute to doubling India’s exports in the next five years, ... whether we can keep our imports within manageable limits, and whether it will be possible to integrate RCEP within our domestic reform process ...

Priority issues for India in External Trade

Four broad concerns capture the current context surrounding India’s external trade. First is our sluggish export performance for the last several years owing to global slowdown and also due to our declining competitiveness. With a share of 1.65 per cent in world goods exports today, India ranks 19th among all countries that is way below its size or GDP. India’s merchandise imports has also gone past US$ 500 billion now. The trade deficit at US$ 176 billion in 2018-19 as a result is over 50 per cent of exports. The need for a strong push for manufacturing exports is compelling.

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