Bilateral trade – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ Tue, 17 May 2022 22:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ksupradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Bilateral trade – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ 32 32 EU lawmakers set to grant massive tariff relief to Ukraine https://ksupradio.com/eu-lawmakers-set-to-grant-massive-tariff-relief-to-ukraine/ Tue, 17 May 2022 21:12:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/eu-lawmakers-set-to-grant-massive-tariff-relief-to-ukraine/ By Alex Lawson (May 17, 2022, 5:12 p.m. EDT) – A key committee of European Union lawmakers has proposed legislation to spare Ukrainian goods from import duties as governments around the world seek to soften the blow Trade raised in Kyiv as Russia invades nears three-month mark. The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee approved a […]]]>
By Alex Lawson (May 17, 2022, 5:12 p.m. EDT) – A key committee of European Union lawmakers has proposed legislation to spare Ukrainian goods from import duties as governments around the world seek to soften the blow Trade raised in Kyiv as Russia invades nears three-month mark.

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee approved a temporary easing of trade restrictions on Ukrainian goods on Monday, with lawmakers stressing that Ukraine must be able to persist as a manufacturing hub in the face of aggression from Moscow. .

“The Kremlin’s brutal and unprovoked war has targeted Ukraine’s ability to trade – but the EU can and will step in to help revive bilateral relations…

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Indian diaspora hope Prez Kovind’s visit to Jamaica will boost diplomatic ties https://ksupradio.com/indian-diaspora-hope-prez-kovinds-visit-to-jamaica-will-boost-diplomatic-ties/ Mon, 16 May 2022 05:00:07 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/indian-diaspora-hope-prez-kovinds-visit-to-jamaica-will-boost-diplomatic-ties/ kingston [Jamaica]May 16 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind was warmly welcomed upon his arrival in Jamaica by the Indian Diaspora. The Indians were delighted to meet the President on the Jamaican mainland. President Kovind’s visit is expected to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries and boost bilateral trade. An Indian businessman in Jamaica, Mukesh […]]]>

kingston [Jamaica]May 16 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind was warmly welcomed upon his arrival in Jamaica by the Indian Diaspora.

The Indians were delighted to meet the President on the Jamaican mainland. President Kovind’s visit is expected to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries and boost bilateral trade.

An Indian businessman in Jamaica, Mukesh Kumar Singh, said: “The President’s visit will strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries and give a boost to the business sector. The IT sector will get a boost as India is an IT hub, and in Jamaica the IT sector is also showing good growth. Five years later, this will help both countries to achieve great heights in the IT sector. »

Not only business and IT, but the president’s visit can benefit the pharmaceutical industry, said the national head of Dr. Reddy Pharmaceuticals in the Caribbean and Central America region, Prithviraj Chatterjee.

He said, “With this visit from the President, the pharmaceutical industry should benefit. Indian generic drug companies would like to bring more and more drugs to the country which is needed in the region to bring down the cost of drugs here. The cancer drugs available here are very expensive, if Indian companies are well promoted, the prices will become reasonable for Jamaicans, which will benefit both countries.

Holding Indian flags in their hands, the crowd of Indians greeted India and President Kovind upon his arrival at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The Indians called it a proud moment and a lifetime memory. On the other hand, the president also responded to the warm welcome by waving to the crowd.

“We are very pleased with the President’s visit to Jamaica. It is a proud moment that our President is here to meet with us. For many of us, it’s a dream come true. This is the memory of my life,” Indian resident Khushi Sahani said.

Another resident, Deepali Shergill, said: “The President was so happy to meet us. It made us very happy. It was an emotional moment for us. I welcome President Kovind to Jamaican soil.

President Kovind is on a state visit to Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from May 15-21. He made a one-day technical stop in Milan, Italy. This is the very first visit of the Indian President to these two countries.

During his visit, the President is accompanied by his wife First Lady Savita Kovind, his daughter Swati Kovind, Union Minister Pankaj Chowdhary, Lok Sabha MP Rama Devi, Satish Kumar Gautam and secretaries.

During his four-day visit to Jamaica, several important programs are scheduled. The President will pay a floral tribute at the Shrine of the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

He will visit the Governor General’s and Prime Minister’s House where he will meet the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness. A Signing Ceremony (MOU Agreement) will also take place at the PM House.

President Kovind will also inaugurate “Ambedkar Avenue” tomorrow, a road named after Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. He will also inaugurate the Jamaica-India Friendship Garden.

In the evening, President Ram Nath Kovind will present cricket kits to aspiring Jamaican cricketers. A cricket kit will be given to Billy Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association. (ANI)

This report is generated automatically from the ANI news service. ThePrint declines all responsibility for its content.

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Today’s Headlines and Comments – Lawfare https://ksupradio.com/todays-headlines-and-comments-lawfare/ Fri, 13 May 2022 19:57:03 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/todays-headlines-and-comments-lawfare/ Subscribe to receive this newsletter straight to your inbox. Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether classified White House documents found at former President Trump’s Mar-a-lago home were mishandled, reports the New York Times. The Justice Department is reportedly looking into the potential involvement of Trump and other White House officials in the improper […]]]>

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Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether classified White House documents found at former President Trump’s Mar-a-lago home were mishandled, reports the New York Times. The Justice Department is reportedly looking into the potential involvement of Trump and other White House officials in the improper movement of sensitive documents. So far in the investigation, prosecutors have issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration for access to boxes of classified documents. Investigators also sent interview requests to people who worked at the White House during Trump’s final days in office.

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed five Republican members of Congress, writing the New York Times. The panel issued subpoenas to Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Mo Brooks and Andy Biggs. The five representatives have previously declined select committee requests for voluntary interviews about their alleged involvement in Trump’s attempt to void the 2020 presidential election.

A Ukrainian court has opened hearings in the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier, according to the Washington Post. Russian Sergeant. Vadim Shishimarin faces a war crimes charge for shooting and killing a 62-year-old Ukrainian civilian in Sumy, Ukraine. According to Ukraine’s attorney general, Shishimarin is charged with violating “the laws and customs of war combined with premeditated murder”.

The executive body of the European Union has proposed establishing trade corridors that would allow Ukraine to circumvent the Russian blockade of its Black Sea ports, reports the Washington Post. According to the European Commissioner for Transport, the EU must establish “paths of solidarity” so that Ukraine can resume its exports of around 22 million tonnes of cereals essential to the world’s food supply. In addition to the challenges caused by Russian blockades, Ukrainian export convoys face long delays when trying to cross borders into Europe due to the different rail gauges used by Ukraine and the EU. To address the problem, the EU’s executive body urged EU “market players” to provide vehicles to transport freight, and urged customs officials to “apply maximum flexibility”.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned that Moscow will be forced to take ‘retaliatory measures’ against Finland if it becomes a NATO member, writing BBC. According to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia believes Finland’s NATO membership would damage bilateral relations and also threaten security and stability in Northern Europe. Finland is expected to officially announce on Sunday its decision whether or not to continue joining the bloc.

The US intelligence community has launched a broad internal review following intelligence failures on the crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan, according to CNN. The review will reportedly examine how the intelligence community assesses the combat power of foreign military personnel. The review comes at the encouragement of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which sent a confidential letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense and the CIA pointing out the failure of the three agencies to assess how long the Ukrainian army would be able to repel the Russian attacks and also how long the Afghan fighters could hold out against the Taliban after the withdrawal of American troops.

Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency amid ‘crippling’ ransomware attacks on government agencies, reports NBC News. Hackers reportedly infiltrated the servers of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance and from there could access the networks of other agencies such as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications and the National Meteorological Institute. The “unprecedented” ransomware attack on government agencies reportedly disrupted the country’s tax collection processes and exposed citizens’ personal information. After an investigation, the US State Department determined that the hack was carried out by the ransomware gang known as Conti, most infamous for hacking into and disrupting Ireland’s national healthcare system in 2021.

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Vietnamese leader interested in Biden’s economic framework, but must study details https://ksupradio.com/vietnamese-leader-interested-in-bidens-economic-framework-but-must-study-details/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:37:38 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/vietnamese-leader-interested-in-bidens-economic-framework-but-must-study-details/ Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Wednesday that Hanoi wants to help the United States achieve the goals of its proposed Indo-Pacific economic framework, but needs time to study the details. Chinh, in Washington for a two-day summit between President Joe Biden and Southeast Asian leaders starting Thursday, said he held discussions on the […]]]>

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Wednesday that Hanoi wants to help the United States achieve the goals of its proposed Indo-Pacific economic framework, but needs time to study the details. Chinh, in Washington for a two-day summit between President Joe Biden and Southeast Asian leaders starting Thursday, said he held discussions on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) of Biden with US officials earlier on Wednesday.

“We would like to work with the United States to achieve the four pillars of this initiative,” he said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He said the pillars were supply chain stability, the digital economy, the fight against climate change and a fourth related to labour, taxation and the fight against corruption.

“They are very important for the United States, for Vietnam and for other countries,” he said, speaking through an interpreter. However, Chinh said the “concrete elements” of the initiative have yet to be clarified.

“We are ready to engage in discussions with the United States to clarify what these four pillars will entail and when that is clarified we will have something to discuss,” he added. “We need more time to study this initiative and see what it entails.” Asian countries have been frustrated by the United States’ delay in detailing plans for economic engagement with the region since former President Donald Trump left a regional trade pact in 2017, leaving the field open to rival China. United States.

During a virtual summit with ASEAN last October, Biden said Washington would begin discussions on developing what has become known as IPEF, which aims to set regional standards for cooperation, but the diplomats say it should feature only peripherally this week. Japan’s ambassador to Washington said this week that the IPEF would likely be officially launched during Biden’s visit to Japan later this month, but its details were still under discussion.

Analysts and diplomats say only two of ASEAN’s 10 countries – Singapore and the Philippines – were to be part of the initial group of states to sign up for negotiations under the IPEF, which does not offer currently the expanded market access that Asian nations need given Biden’s concern. for American jobs. Chinh praised the blossoming of Hanoi’s relationship with the United States over the past decades and the explosion of bilateral trade to nearly $112 billion a year, although he said the two sides should continue their cooperation to deal with the legacy of their hostility in the Vietnam War.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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DMCC signs historic agreement with Dakia U-Ventures https://ksupradio.com/dmcc-signs-historic-agreement-with-dakia-u-ventures/ Tue, 10 May 2022 06:00:43 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/dmcc-signs-historic-agreement-with-dakia-u-ventures/ DMCC and UVentures will develop and operate the Cartagena International Trade Zone, in collaboration with Colombian government entities Colombia will become the first country in Latin America to have a common law district arbitration center The new free zone will support trade between Dubai and Colombia and open up opportunities for Central and South America […]]]>
  • DMCC and UVentures will develop and operate the Cartagena International Trade Zone, in collaboration with Colombian government entities
  • Colombia will become the first country in Latin America to have a common law district arbitration center
  • The new free zone will support trade between Dubai and Colombia and open up opportunities for Central and South America
  • The DMCC will serve as a model for the new mall and free zone

Dubai, United Arab Emirates / Miami, USA: DMCC – the world’s flagship free zone and the Government of Dubai’s authority on commodity trading and business – has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding to co-develop a shopping mall and free zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

According to the MoU, the Cartagena International Trade Zone will be developed and operated through a partnership between DMCC and Dakia U-Ventures (UVentures), working directly with federal and national government entities in Colombia. UVentures is an international investment holding company specializing in the conception, financing, development and operation of large-scale international projects.

The territory designated for free trade will be a common law district based on English common law, which will create an international trading platform with unique advantages such as balanced arbitration facilities, incorporated country risk insurance, global business networks and access to capital. Once established, the Cartagena International Trade Zone will become the first common law district arbitration center in Latin America.

The DMCC and the Cartagena International Trade Zone aim to provide their member companies with passporting rights between the two free zones, which will enhance bilateral business opportunities and provide greater access to global markets.

The project was officially announced by the President of the Colombian Senate, Juan Diego Gomez Jimenez, during the FORO#23 forum held in Miami, United States, in the presence of the Colombian Vice Ministers of Trade and Tourism and justice and law; the mayor of Cartagena; Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC; and representatives from UVentures.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC, mentioned: “As the fastest growing free zone in the world with over 20,000 registered businesses, DMCC is thrilled to partner with UVentures to establish a mall and free zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This will shape the future of trade by creating a new virtual and physical trade corridor between Colombia and Dubai, while supporting Colombia’s national strategic objectives and unlocking its enormous growth opportunities. DMCC’s regulatory business environment and free zone model, shaped over 20 years, is the model for global market connectivity and growth. This plan will be instrumental as we partner to develop a new, world-leading free zone that drives FDI between two extremely dynamic markets, while providing transformational business opportunities for Central and South America through Dubai.

Xavier Adserà, Managing Director, UVentures, mentioned:We are excited to embark on this endeavor with DMCC, the Colombian sovereign authorities and our ecosystem of institutional partners. This remarkable project has all the elements to be a global success, posing a historic opportunity for the country to expand its international presence, and for Latin America to develop a financial and commercial center of reference among the world’s capital markets.

The Cartagena International Trade Zone will be modeled after DMCC, which is the world’s leading and fastest growing free zone. As a global hub for commodities and businesses, DMCC has spearheaded the development of the physical, commercial and financial infrastructure needed to stimulate international trade flows and create market connectivity.

As a result of this project, it is expected that Colombia will significantly improve its standard credit ratings and attract foreign direct investment, thereby creating business opportunities nationally and internationally.

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Based in Dubai, DMCC is the most interconnected free zone in the world and the main trade and business hub for commodities. Whether developing vibrant neighborhoods with world-class properties like Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the highly anticipated Uptown Dubai, or providing high-performance commercial services, DMCC provides everything its vibrant community needs to live. , work and prosper. Built for trade, DMCC is proud to maintain and grow Dubai’s position as the go-to place for global trade today and in the future. www.dmcc.ae

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Increase in Oman-India bilateral trade https://ksupradio.com/increase-in-oman-india-bilateral-trade/ Sun, 08 May 2022 14:18:43 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/increase-in-oman-india-bilateral-trade/ Muscat – Bilateral trade between Oman and India recorded robust growth in 2021 and the two countries now aim to further strengthen their economic cooperation and boost trade and investment. Oman’s non-oil exports to India reached $1.2 billion in 2021, a 172% jump from 2020 figures. Sultanate’s imports from India reached $2 billion in 2021, […]]]>

Muscat – Bilateral trade between Oman and India recorded robust growth in 2021 and the two countries now aim to further strengthen their economic cooperation and boost trade and investment.

Oman’s non-oil exports to India reached $1.2 billion in 2021, a 172% jump from 2020 figures. Sultanate’s imports from India reached $2 billion in 2021, registering a growth of 94% compared to 2020, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion.

Led by HE Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, a high-level Omani trade and investment delegation will travel to India on Tuesday to attend the 10th meeting of the Oman-India Joint Commission in New Delhi. This annual gathering aims to further develop trade and investment ties between Oman and India.

The official program of visits to high-level meetings and events will begin with HE Yousef addressing an Oman – India B2B networking session on May 11 at the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, according to a press release.

The New Delhi delegation includes senior representatives from the Oman Investment Authority, the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as Omani companies in the construction, manufacturing, retail, automotive, renewable energy, pharmaceutical and tourism sectors. sectors.

Speaking before departure, H.E. Yousef stressed the importance of trade and investment missions in promoting Oman’s world-class goods and services in international markets as well as the many investment opportunities open to foreign investors. in Oman.

He said: “During this visit, we look forward, in particular, to sharing the potential of the thriving business and investment-friendly environment in Oman under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and the possibilities that have already opened up in the sultanate. following Oman Vision 2040, our development and growth framework.

Noting that this year marks 75 years of India’s independence, a period during which the country has become a world business leader and an economy of over US$3 billion, HE Yousef expressed his joy to be in New Delhi at this time to congratulate the people of India in person and to engage with government and business officials on the growing economic ties.

“Holding this Joint Commission meeting at this time presents a real opportunity to sustain and strengthen the long-standing business partnerships that bind us together – helping both parties fully seize the opportunities before us. I fully expect to see further growth in Oman-India trade as both countries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

From an investment perspective, HE Yousef said, “India is already a big foreign investor in Oman, but there are significant opportunities to increase it even further. In fact, there are great complementarities between India’s needs and Oman’s supply, especially in the areas of logistics, mining, tourism, manufacturing and renewable energy. These are all areas ripe for collaboration between Oman and India.

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Verification of US-Mexico Relations https://ksupradio.com/verification-of-us-mexico-relations/ Fri, 06 May 2022 20:32:16 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/verification-of-us-mexico-relations/ Posted May 6, 2022 11:19 a.m. Cody Copeland Courthouse News Service President López Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Thursday in the distinct way the day is honored on both sides of the border. While López Obrador was visiting the city of Puebla to take part in a military […]]]>

Cody Copeland

Courthouse News Service

President López Obrador and his wife Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Thursday in the distinct way the day is honored on both sides of the border.

While López Obrador was visiting the city of Puebla to take part in a military parade commemorating a Mexican army victory over the French in 1862, Gutiérrez accepted an invitation from U.S. First Lady Jill Biden to be his guest of honor at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the White House. .

His visit aims to “demonstrate the current good relations and friendship between Mexico and the United States”, according to a Press release issued by the Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC

Jill Biden underlined this friendship at the start of the celebration. “Dr. Gutiérrez, Beatriz, from our love of poetry and literature to our shared passion for education, we have so much in common,” she said. “It’s not just our history that is linked to Mexico, but also our future.”

Opinion polls conducted under the Trump administration found that US-Mexico relations had deteriorated to much less than “friendly”, and tensions have simmered ever since. Courthouse News therefore spoke to several experts on various aspects of the bilateral relationship – political, trade, security and border issues – to get an idea of ​​the current state of relations between the two countries.

“The relationship between Mexico and the United States is much less adversarial than it was under the Trump administration,” said Rafael Fernández De Castro, director of the Center for US-Mexico Studies at the University of California. in San Diego. “The Biden administration fully understands the importance of Mexico to the United States.”

A key player in this relationship is Ambassador Ken Salazar, who has maintained a close relationship of trust with President López Obrador.

“In Mexico, we have returned to the era of imperial presidencies. The president is very powerful, has very few checks and balances, so this relationship between Salazar and López Obrador is very important for bilateral relations and opens up space for dialogue,” Fernández said.

However, tensions remain between the two governments. López Obrador tends to put domestic politics ahead of international relations, which has caused tension. “What happened was that López Obrador broke the golden rule in bilateral relations, which is not to politicize the relationship,” Fernández said.

Some of Biden’s political opponents have also succumbed to this rule violation, as seen with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. critical of López Obrador’s speech on the issue of violence against journalists in Mexico.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s increased vehicle inspections at the border in April in response to the Biden administration’s announcement to end Title 42 was another sign of those tensions, but Fernández said that the political situation was generally improving and that Gutiérrez’s visit to the White House is a positive sign.

“I like these kinds of meetings because they force the participants to focus on the relationship and on the results,” he said.

Areas of political conflict, however, affect the economic side of the relationship, according to Gabriela Siller, economic analyst at Mexican financial firm Banco Base.

“Mexico is the second largest trading partner of the United States, but these commercial relations are mainly threatened by the reform initiatives carried out by the López Obrador administration, which jeopardize American investments in Mexico,” Siller said, referring to at the proposal of the President. electricity reform, among other aspects of its vaunted “Fourth Transformation” of Mexico.

She said actions such as Abbott’s border inspections and López Obrador’s signature response to his morning press conferences – while in Puebla for the Cinco de Mayo parade, he called the Abbott’s politics with the visual aid of a clip from popular band Los Tigres del Norte — only further endangers business relations.

“It only makes them more strained at a time of so much economic uncertainty and what we need most is stability,” Siller said.

Fernández, for his part, highlighted the economic side of US-Mexico relations as a point of understanding and highlighted the USMCA free trade agreement as a stabilizing force between the countries.

However, where the relationship really needs work is on security, according to Fernández.

Mike Vigil, former head of international operations at the US Drug Enforcement Administration, agrees, saying the bicentennial security framework signed this year is insufficient to address the shared security situation between the two countries.

For Vigil, the agreement leaves too much responsibility for security issues in the hands of each country. “Without a cooperation agreement – which for me it’s not – it’s going to be disastrous for Mexico and the United States,” he said.

“What it lacks are teeth and a framework that would lay a solid foundation for a much more cohesive working relationship,” he said, adding that the two countries still need to work on their own respective responsibilities.

The United States should focus more on reducing drug demand at home through integrated drug education in schools, churches and at home, he said, and Mexico must do so. more to strengthen its judicial system. But more collaborative law enforcement efforts need to be implemented to reduce drug trafficking and the violence it causes.

“Drug traffickers can transform their strategy in no time, and we need to be as proactive as the cartels, if not more. There are many things we can do together, but López Obrador has fundamentally destroyed bilateral counter-narcotics work efforts,” he said, pointing to the Mexican president’s restrictions on how the DEA and other US agencies can work in Mexico. after exonerating former defense chief Salvador Cienfuegos in January.

López Obrador accused the DEA of “fabricating” the charges against Cienfuegos, who was arrested in the United States for drug trafficking and returned to Mexico for possible prosecution.

“The bicentenary framework will have no impact. It’s like having a tiger without claws and teeth tackling the drug problem,” Vigil said.

Despite all these tensions, much of the positive aspects of US-Mexico relations are found, interestingly enough, where they are often most intensely concentrated in public discourse: the border.

Irasema Coronado, director of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, said she finds diplomacy, partnership and understanding in economic and family ties that cross the border.

“Sometimes those cross-border relationships can be affected by the larger U.S.-Mexico relationship, but at the local level, people overall have better diplomatic and economic relations than the larger bi-national agenda,” he said. she declared.

This may sound contrary to what people often hear about this region.

“The further you get from the border, the scarier it seems. If you’re in Ohio or anywhere, the border looks scary from everything you see on TV, and surely there’s those aspects to it, but there’s also bi-national and functional economic and family relationships that thrive on the border,” she says.

“From a border specialist’s perspective, and comparatively across the world, this is a relatively peaceful and open border, with good relations. We don’t fight, we don’t kill each other. Are there tensions? Absolutely, but they are part of the relationship,” Coronado said.

She and the others interviewed for this article all agreed that meetings like Thursday’s between the first ladies are good for US-Mexico relations.

“Meetings like this can absolutely help. The more people meet, the more engagement there is and the better they know each other, the more opportunities there will be for mutual respect to emerge,” Coronado said.

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]]> Partygate could act as spoiler ahead of UK-India free trade deal – Reuters https://ksupradio.com/partygate-could-act-as-spoiler-ahead-of-uk-india-free-trade-deal-reuters/ Wed, 04 May 2022 17:39:31 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/partygate-could-act-as-spoiler-ahead-of-uk-india-free-trade-deal-reuters/ The fate of many initiatives announced during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to the country will also depend on his own fate in the row File photo By Prasun Sonwalkar Published: Wed, May 4, 2022, 9:39 PM After two cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visits to India seemed catastrophic: […]]]>

The fate of many initiatives announced during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to the country will also depend on his own fate in the row



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Published: Wed, May 4, 2022, 9:39 PM

After two cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visits to India seemed catastrophic: the third planned visit (April 21-22) almost did not take place, this time due to disputes around of “Partygate”.

Hours before he left for India on April 20, Westminster was abuzz with claims the visit should be called off, as MPs were to debate a motion to send him back to the privileges committee for allegedly misleading the House Commons mistaken about parties in Downing Street (motion carried).

The visit eventually went ahead, but by all accounts he felt the parliamentary warmth from home more than the warmth in India during the visit. This was another example of an official visit dominated by context rather than text.

‘Partygate’ was the short-term context, but a slightly longer perspective reveals significant changes in the relationship between Britain and India in recent years, as experts believe the overall relationship is now marked by an asymmetry: India is now more important to the UK than the UK is to India, in which the UK chases India more than India chases the Kingdom -United. This was clear even before Johnson formed government after the 2019 election.

As Prime Minister, David Cameron made three official visits to India (in 2008, 2010 and 2013), while there was a gap of nearly a decade between Manmohan Singh’s visit in 2006 and that of Narendra Modi in 2015. The UK itself has changed due to Brexit. , which led India to renegotiate and review the whole relationship. Until Brexit, the UK presented itself as India’s gateway to Europe, which is no longer true. It is also true that Britain’s new strategic orientation towards the “Indo-Pacific” region with India as a key player would not have happened before Brexit.

On the one hand, economic considerations now dominate Britain’s relationship with India, currently geared towards the conclusion of a free trade agreement; it was a key aspect of Johnson’s visit. Four of the 26 chapters (trade areas) – described as “low hanging fruit” – have already been agreed, and the two prime ministers have set a Diwali deadline of October to complete negotiations in the other areas. Those close to the talks say India has never joined in such “swift” action on trade talks, even though the deadline seems too ambitious. A realistic outcome is an interim trade deal later this year. Trade negotiations usually last for years – the long negotiations with the European Union are still far from over. There has long been talk in London of the ‘potential’ to boost trade between the two countries, but the reality is that Britain’s trade with smaller countries is much bigger – Belgium (£45bn) or Ireland (£60bn) – than with India, which has greater trade engagement with Germany, France, Australia, China or Russia.

Britain no longer produces most of the goods India needs, as former business secretary Vince Cable admitted some time ago. The numbers are clear: total trade in goods and services (exports plus imports) between the UK and India was £21.5 billion in the four quarters to the end of Q3 2021; total UK exports to India were £7.7 billion, while total UK imports from

India was £13.8 billion. India is the UK’s 15th largest trading partner, accounting for 1.7% of total UK trade; UK FDI in India amounts to nearly £15 billion (0.9% of the UK’s total outward FDI stock), while UK FDI from India amount to £10.6 billion (0.6% of the UK’s total inward FDI stock). In May last year, Johnson and Modi set a target of doubling bilateral trade by 2030; an over-enthusiastic Britain hopes the FTA will help boost exports of goods that currently attract high tariffs in India (such as spirits, cars).

For India, its growing economic weight means that it can play a greater political role in the relationship; for example, on the issue of anti-Indian elements raising funds or organizing demonstrations in London and Great Britain, or seeking to facilitate the mobility of professionals. Johnson has already signaled during the visit that due to a severe shortage of skilled professionals in Britain, particularly in the IT sector, visa standards would be relaxed for Indians, mainly in the transfer visa route. business-to-business which is mainly used by Indian companies with offices. UK.

Besides setting the Diwali deadline for the FTA talks, one of the main outcomes of the visit was the political boost given to the hitherto underperforming area of ​​defense and security, including on “legacy issues” and areas where Britain has so far been unwilling to collaborate. Johnson announced support for new fighter jets designed and built in India, bringing the best of British aircraft-building know-how and meeting India’s demands for new technologies to identify and respond to threats in the Indian Ocean. Additionally, to support greater defense and security collaboration over the next decade, it announced an Open General Export License (OGEL) to India, reducing bureaucracy and shortening delivery times. for defense procurement – Britain’s first OGEL in the Indo-Pacific region, which is expected to take off despite some concerns in London about some dual-use items likely to reach Russia via India.

For the new defense and security agreement to succeed, a high degree of mutual trust is needed, as Rahul Roy-Choudhury and Simran Brookes of the International Institute for Strategic Studies put it: “Unsurprisingly, the word trust appears twice in the joint declaration. ; in defense and security as well as in commercial sections. But trust can be a double-edged sword, with different perspectives provoking equally deep mistrust… This is important when the two countries have “agreed to deepen cooperation, including resolving legacy issues quickly… as partners of confidence “. These remain complex and contentious issues linked in large part to issues in the UK’s defense supply chain. Previous discussions of this have been characterized as akin to making a “jalebi” that spins “in circles”.

There’s naturally a lot going on between Britain and India that rarely makes the headlines, thanks to their long history and many levels of commitment (Enoch Powell once called the relationship “a shared hallucination “).

The fate of the many initiatives announced during the visit – gushing by Johnson, reflecting another level of asymmetry – will also depend on his own fate in the Partygate line, but those with longer memories believe that observing the former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson remains as true today as when it was created in 1962, that “Britain has lost an empire but has yet to find a role”.

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India and Germany voice support for upcoming EU-India FTA negotiations https://ksupradio.com/india-and-germany-voice-support-for-upcoming-eu-india-fta-negotiations/ Mon, 02 May 2022 17:13:04 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/india-and-germany-voice-support-for-upcoming-eu-india-fta-negotiations/ Underlining the huge potential for expanding bilateral trade and investment, Germany and India on Monday voiced their strong support for the upcoming negotiations between the European Union and India on a free trade agreement. Germany and India, in a joint statement, said they aimed to make supply chains more resilient, diverse, responsible and sustainable. Both […]]]>

Underlining the huge potential for expanding bilateral trade and investment, Germany and India on Monday voiced their strong support for the upcoming negotiations between the European Union and India on a free trade agreement. Germany and India, in a joint statement, said they aimed to make supply chains more resilient, diverse, responsible and sustainable.

Both governments stressed the need to work together to ensure that supply chains can continue to deliver economic benefits while meeting international environmental, social and labor standards. “Germany and India are important trade and investment partners. Both sides expressed their strong support for the upcoming negotiations between the European Union and India on a free trade agreement, a investment protection and a geographical indications agreement, and underlined the enormous potential of such agreements to expand bilateral trade and investment,” reads the joint statement after the conclusion of the sixth intergovernmental consultations.

Against the backdrop of one of the biggest global jobs and societal crises in decades, both sides recognized the importance of working together to rebuild sustainable labor markets and aim to facilitate a resilient recovery. , inclusive, gender sensitive and resource efficient. “The aim is to promote employment and decent work, the establishment of retraining and upskilling policies that enable all people of working age to do the work of tomorrow, and responsive social protection systems that can fight poverty and reduce inequality, while contributing to a sustainable future,” the statement said.

Both parties recognized the importance of digital transformation as a key driver of technological, economic and societal change. “The Indo-German Digital Dialogue is an important instrument to facilitate cooperation on digital topics such as Internet governance, emerging technologies and digital business models. At the same time, they expressed their support to benefit from synergies along with other existing initiatives like the Indo-German industry-digital expert group,” the statement added.

In the area of ​​bilateral trade and investment, the two sides stressed their readiness to continue the successful format of the Indo-German Fast Track Mechanism, which has proven to be an important benchmark for current and future investors. India has recognized the technical expertise of German companies in the rail sector.

“Based on the Joint Statement of Intent signed in 2019 between the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the Indian Ministry of Railways on future railway cooperation, both parties stress their continued interest in further cooperating in the area of ​​high-speed and energy-efficient technologies in support of Indian Railways’ ambition to reach net zero by 2030,” they said Germany and India thanked the Indo-German working group within the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) for their continuous efforts to enhance cooperation in the areas of standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment and market surveillance.

Both parties took note of the work plan for 2022 signed during the 8th annual meeting of the working group which identifies new areas of collaboration in the areas of digitalization, smart and sustainable agriculture and circular economy . Both governments have expressed their desire to further strengthen the startup cooperation and, in this context, appreciate the ongoing cooperation between Start-up India and the German accelerator (GA).

Prime Minister Modi also today held a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Scholz. It was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz took office in December 2021. Discussions focused on key areas of bilateral cooperation within the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments. (ANI)

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Russia expects Chinese trade to hit $200 billion by 2024: report https://ksupradio.com/russia-expects-chinese-trade-to-hit-200-billion-by-2024-report/ Sun, 01 May 2022 01:40:15 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/russia-expects-chinese-trade-to-hit-200-billion-by-2024-report/ Russia said on Saturday it expects commodity flows with China to increase and trade with Beijing to reach $200 billion by 2024, as Moscow faces increasing isolation from the world. ‘West. China has refused to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and has criticized unprecedented Western sanctions against Moscow. The two countries have strengthened their relationship […]]]>

Russia said on Saturday it expects commodity flows with China to increase and trade with Beijing to reach $200 billion by 2024, as Moscow faces increasing isolation from the world. ‘West.

China has refused to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and has criticized unprecedented Western sanctions against Moscow. The two countries have strengthened their relationship in recent years, including announcing a “limitless” partnership in February.

“We are focused on achieving the goal set by heads of state to increase bilateral trade turnover to $200 billion by 2024,” said Georgiy Zinoviev, head of the first Asia department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, to the Interfax news agency.

“Furthermore, we suggest that it is entirely possible to reach this ambitious figure sooner than expected.”

With Russian trade rocked by the sanctions, Zinoviev said it needed time to adapt. He said China’s fight against COVID-19 in recent weeks was also a factor that could complicate efforts.

“Chinese companies remain interested in expanding their presence in Russia, for which additional opportunities are opening up given the departure of some Western companies,” Zinoviev said.

He acknowledged the risk of secondary action Chinese companies could face if they helped Russia circumvent sanctions, but said a significant increase in cooperation was nonetheless likely.

“It is clear that in the current situation, many Chinese economic operators need to exercise caution, given the likelihood of secondary sanctions,” Zinoviev said.

“I am convinced that we and our partners will be able to use the current situation for our common interests and fully unleash the potential for a significant increase in cooperation in all areas.”


(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Alex Richardson, Tom Balmforth and Mike Harrison)

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