India New Zealand Business Council and The New Zealand India Research Institute co-hosted India Unplugged sessions at Victoria University of Wellington on 21st April, 2016. Two public lectures focused on Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impacts for both New Zealand and India.
The first of these lectures was given by Dr Amitendu Palit from the National University of Singapore. The topic was ‘India, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership): Navigating a Complex Landscape’.
Dr Palit described India’s trade policies in recent years to show that the “energy and robustness of India’s foreign policy has not been reflected in her trade policy”. India has been showing ambivalence with regards to APEC and more recently TPP. The TPP will certainly affect India’s export market. The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) in which a number of TPP countries are participation, could be an “answer” for India’s problems. But “early conclusion of RCEP”, he pointed out, is “difficult”.
Dr Palit is an economist specialising in the international trade policies who has worked with the Indian Government for several years in the Ministry of Finance. He is a senior research fellow and research lead at the Institute of South Asian Studies at National University of Singapore.
The second lecture was given by Mark Hargreaves and Michael Brown, partners at Wellington law firm AJ Park. They covered the topic of TPP in the New Zealand and Indian contexts.
Their lecture discussed the possible impact of the TPP on New Zealand’s intellectual property laws. They also gave detailed analysis of the intellectual property laws in India and suggested strategies for New Zealand exporters to protect and exploit their intellectual property and technology in the Indian market.
"Another very Successful NZIRI & INZBC joint event event held last night at Victoria University covering TPP - India, China and US position, IP Rights in India and RCEP. We were privileged to hear from specialist like Dr Amitendu Palit who has done significant research on TPP along with Mark & Mike who are also specialists in IP In India." said Jay Changlani, Head of Wellington Chapter, INZBC.
Together the two lectures gave insights into India’s trade policies and the Indian Government’s position vis-à-vis APEC and TPP, and the latter’s impact on the protection of intellectual property.