Nikita Singla

Nikita Singla, Associate Director Nikita’s engagements span Regional Cooperation, International Trade and Logistics, Economic Integration and Overseas Development Assistance, and Women Empowerment with a focus on South Asia. Prior to joining BRIEF, she worked with the World Bank Group’s South Asia Regional Integration unit, based in Washington DC. She has also been a Visiting Research […]

Fast tracking digitization at Integrated Check Posts in India

“World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world”, states the press release issued by the World Trade Organization. It cannot be denied that the impact of Covid-19 will be severe and long lasting – forcing countries to […]

Cross LoC Trade: Building Bridges, (Re)Connecting Communities in Jammu & Kashmir

Following successful completion of the study on Cross-LoC Trade: Enhancing Opportunities and Expanding Constituencies, BRIEF has started next phase of the study with the aim of building bridges and (re)connecting communities across LoC and between J&K and rest of India. And for this, the project will focus to strengthen further the mechanisms of LoC trade, […]

National Time Release Study (TRS) for Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) in India

In order to efficiently implement the various provisions of the trade facilitation agreement, the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF), established to oversee the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in India, has developed the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) that lays down short, medium and long term targets for various government agencies […]

A decade of India Pak Trade

A DECADE OF FLUCTUATING TRADE – THE STORY OF INDIA PAKISTAN Henry George once said that trade has been the extinguisher of war, the eradicator of prejudice and the diffuser of knowledge. India and Pakistan are yet to reap these benefits of trade and end the era of political tensions that have been shadowing the […]

SDF promoting Regional Cooperation & Integration in SAARC region

Dr Sunil Motiwal Chief Executive Officer SAARC Development Fund SAARC Development Fund (SDF) is established by the Heads of the eight SAARC Member States in April 2010 as an umbrella financial institution for SAARC projects and program in the SAARC region. The fund works for promoting the welfare of the people of SAARC region, improving […]

India-Pakistan tensions and power co-operation

Tridivesh Singh Maini Senior Research Associate, The Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat Captain Amarinder Singh Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab, during his meeting (April 21, 2017) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sought the intervention for sale of electricity to Pakistan and Nepal. According to the Punjab CM, since the state […]

Tuticorin Container Terminal: Where we were, where we are & where we wish to be

P. Jeyanth Jason Thomas General Manager, Chakiat Group (Tuticorin branch), President, Tuticorin Customs Brokers’ Association, Vice President, Tuticorin Ship Agents’ Association, Member of Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association of India Honorary Secretary of Mission to Seafarers, Tuticorin Centre Looking back into the past brings certain very pleasant memories to my mind. Those were the days […]

Container Freight Stations: Role and Issues – Interpretations at Indian Ports

Samit Chakraborty Manager (Projects) As India embarks on a renewed journey towards the overall improvement of its trade environment, port-led development would continue to be the fulcrum around which much of the strategic deliberations are expected to revolve. Further, cargo handling capacity of ports – a key factor determining trade volumes – would be determined […]

Bridging Infrastructural Deficits at Select Trade Ports in India Report Release

Bridging Infrastructural Deficits at Select Trade Ports in India report release by Honorable Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari*, Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, on 30th March 2016 (Wednesday), 5.00 PM – 8.00 PM at Tamarind Hall, India Habitat Center, New Delhi The report is an outcome of a study launched in April 2015 aimed at facilitating India’s trade […]