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India should take the RCEP route to trade integration

It is a dynamic way to break into the booming markets of East and South-east Asia, though there will be exorbitant toll fees to be paid along the way.

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An Indian farmer working in a rice field near the India-Pakistan border. South Asia has been in an economic morass, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) trade bloc has been a non-starter.

INDIA must quickly negotiate the sticking points to joining the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) grouping, which is further prying open the relatively protected Indian market. New Delhi must not stay out of - or get left behind - the US$2.8 trillion trading area to be...

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