Diplomatist Magazine Diplomatist April 2018 - Page 3

Publisher’s Note Welcome to the April edition of Diplomatist! Vol. 6 • Issue 4 • April 2018 Edited, Printed & Published by Linda Brady Hawke Owned by L.B. Associates (Pvt.) Ltd H-108, Sector 63, Noida - 201301 U. P. India In the world of globalisation, it is imperative for countries to have free markets to strengthen economic infrastructure which will, thus, pave the way for the overall betterment of nations. In this context, our cover story on ‘India’s engagements with FTAs: Challenges and Opportunities’ is an attempt to give a holistic picture of the country’s existing trade framework which signifi es economic integration as giving rise to intra-group trade and multilateralism. With a special focus on Preferential and Regional Trade Agreements, the analysis assesses India’s export competitiveness for designing an effective strategy to consolidate bilateral and multi-lateral negotiations. Published from L.B. Associates (Pvt) Ltd H-108, Sector 63, Noida - 201301 Gautam Budh Nagar District Noida, UP, Delhi NCR, India Tel: +91 (120) 2427280, 2427419 Fax: +91 (120) 2427108 Email: info@lbassociates.com Websites: www.diplomatist.com www.lbassociates.com Trade is an important aspect for economies around the globe, as evident in our story on the signing of a comprehensive free trade and partnership agreement between the EU and Japan. The in-depth piece highlights the liberalisation measures in international trade for facilitating mutual investment activities. Managing Editor William Hawke While European politics is witnessing the increasing beat of populism, South Asian politics is being dominated by China. Our story on China’s rising infl uence in the region, and Maldives in particular, is a testimony of its new maritime strategy to secure sea lanes in its favour to meet the country's oil and energy requirements. william.hawke@gmail.com Senior Editor Manishika Miglani Consulting Editor Anil Bhat Yogesh Sood Europe Correspondent Martin Healey Director-Business Development Binoy Sahee binoy@lbassociates.com General Manager-Business Development K C Mishra gmbd@lbassociates.com Sr. Manager Marketing Ranjit Kumar Europe is undergoing a major political shift with the evident wave of populism sweeping the continent. Our story on the recently held Italian elections signifi es the growing infl uence of far right politics in Europe against the backdrop of responsiveness to domestic concerns. India is also trying to place itself on the global agenda with Narendra Modi’s recent state visits to Palestine, UAE and Oman and the incoming visits of various foreign leaders to the country. Our stories on Modi’s West Asia tour and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 'historic' visit to India give a comprehensive view of India’s changing foreign policy as a step toward increasing our engagement with the world. This edition also has a special section on “Cultural Connect” featuring Peru as the hub of diversity with its rich tradition of festivals, dance and music, and its breathtaking landscapes. We hope you enjoy our in-depth stories and features in this issue. We welcome your feedback and comments on our special reports and analysis. Layout & Design Atul Kumar Webmaster Uday N Jha uday@lbassociates.com DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily refl ect those of the editors or publisher. Although all efforts have been made to ensure the complete accuracy of text, neither the editors nor publisher can accept responsibility for consequences arising from errors or omissions or any opinions or advice given. Linda Brady Hawke Publisher