CONTENTS:- Introduction; 1. Multilateral Trade and Food Security in the South Asian Quadrangle: Issues and Prospects; 2. Multilateral Agricultural Trade and the US Farm Policies: Lessons for Ldcs; 3. Impact of Multilateral Trade on Dairy Commodity Markets in Ldcs Interaction of Market and Institutions for Competitiveness: Some Evidences from India; 4. Embedding Local Development to Global Markets: Declining Tea Industry of Nilgiris-India; 5. Dilemma of South Asian Monetary Integration; 6. Towards A Competitive Electricity Market in the South Asia: Scope, Opportunities and Methods; 7. Understanding Global Oil Market for Development Implications in South Asia; 8. WTO and the Global Oil Markets.
While the multilateral trade and economic ambience of the World and the scope of South Asia fitting into that framework for growth and competitiveness forms the central theme of the book, it intends to infer from the holistic trends in the regional initiatives towards integrating in a multilateral world order. Given the economic and political priorities of member nations, a note of modesty is in order as to how much it can achieve in the given level of regional coherence. Anyone, even superficially acquainted with the region could have observed unprecedented magnitude and complexity, both in the levels of politics as well as history. Against this whatever initiatives mooted by small group of development seekers can expected to contribute is left open. Besides, a definitive answer to many of the basic questions related to the region`s development in a cohesive manner, requires longitudinal data and its in-depth analysis and a pragmatic interpretation and solution mode. This book on-South Asia and Multilateral Trade Regime: Disorders for Development-intends to bring a focus on the pragmatic approach to identify potential economic sectors for regional integration process. It intends to advocate for a market lead confidence building initiative against the vocal initiatives of the past. While it tries to bring out the energy and integration of the region towards a cohesive regional power by aligning few of its potential economic sectors for ends-both political and economical, it leaves scope of further probe on the related areas towards establishing a cohesive and competent South Asian region.