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The Centre for Trade and Investment (CTI) has been established in the CMS at the MC Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jaipur, India with a view to cater the needs of policy makers, civil servants, relevant authorities, representatives from industries, academics, research institutes, media and non-governmental organizations for adopting, enhancing, protecting and preserving a healthy culture for competitiveness of this sub-national economy and for facilitating trade and investment.


CTI aims to be a resource and capacity-building institution for industries, state governments, countries of South Asian region and other developing countries. It would provide key inputs to all the stakeholders to take advantage of the rule-based international trade and investment regime and about the implications of WTO and FDI related issues.


To establish a knowledge- creating and capacity building organization in the field of international trade and investment, with major focus on sub-national perspective.

To conduct WTO audit in relevant sectors/industries of the sub-national economies by taking into account the issues of import competition and export competitiveness. The first of these would be Rajasthan.

To build capacity of sub-national level officials, industries and civil society representatives through training and other capacity-building efforts so that they are well-equipped to understand the implications of the WTO and globalization, including capital flows, and apply the knowledge in taking policy decisions and measures for trade promotions.

To act as a ridge between industries and other stakeholders at the state level and policy makers in the national and international organizations so that each can consult the other while taking and implementing important policies/decisions.


The goal is that every sector/industry should be dynamically competitive to meet future challenges emanating from the new trade and investment regime. For example, WTO audit would help sectors/industries to evaluate whether they are competitive enough to get better market access in foreign countries, and what steps they require to take with respect to import competition.

Focus Area

The focus will be on research that is sub-nation centric and capacity building amongst the sub-national and local public officials. Whereas, the focus will be on Rajasthan and other states in India, the knowledge thus created and the capacity-building modules would also be made available to officials form other developing countries.

Sources of Inputs

Sub-national governments, including the Government of Rajasthan, through different agencies, including the Industries and Agriculture Departments providing policy directions to other ministries.

Government of India, Department of Commerce, providing inputs on WTO, and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion/RBI, providing input on FDI, to the Centre.

Advisory Committee, which will provide technical and policy advice.

Research unit to provide analysis and proposed policy responses to the Centre.


Capacity-building of all stakeholders by training, study tours and participation in conferences.

Policy papers on current and future issues (domestic as well as international), which will be made available to different ministries of Rajasthan and to the Central Government and other states, on request.

Policy handbook (on domestic issues) on various subjects.

IPR cell has been started under this Centre.

Training Programmes on Globalization have been started.

Expected Outcomes

In qualitative terms:

Enable and facilitate all stakeholders to analyze, articulate and advocate on emerging and relevant issues regarding establishment of a healthy culture of competitiveness of the sub-national economies and for facilitating trade and commerce vis--vis the new trade and investment regime.

Create an informed society through exchange of information and knowledge and providing upward and downward linkages with different stakeholders.

Promote cooperation among the states as well as between the states and the Centre through well-argued research, advocacy and outreach.

In quantitative terms:

Policy papers on current and future issues.

Policy handbook on various subjects.

Capacity-building modules on different related subjects, for different durations.

Training manuals and other training material.

Running capacity-building courses, study tours and conferences for capacity-building of all stakeholders.


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