Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute
147-149 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3205
About the talk:
Since India adopted economic reforms in 1991, many pro-competitive steps were taken to unshackle the economy and turn it into a market economy. This included adopting sector regulators to regulate liberated service sectors, such as electricity, telephone and a modern competition law. Other than these reforms, many others were also adopted to take forward economic growth such as Ease of Doing Business and Insolvency law. This included the drafting of a National Competition Policy, which was inspired from the Australian experience. However, many of the reforms did not move smoothly due to legacy issues. The present government is determined to push more reforms so as to create more jobs, but there are many challenges.
About the speaker:
Pradeep S Mehta is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), a leading economic policy research, advocacy and networking, non-governmental group in India, with offices in Nairobi, Lusaka, Accra, Hanoi and Geneva. CUTS was established in 1983 and has completed 30 glorious years. He has studied commerce at the Calcutta University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.
In April, 2012, Mehta has been nominated to the High Level Stakeholders Panel of WTO on Defining the Future of Trade. He has been Honorary Adviser to the Commerce & Industry Minister of India and NGO Adviser to the WTO Director General from 2002 to 2005.
Recently he has been a Member of the Planning Commission’s Steering Committee on Industry and Chairman of its Task Force on National Competition Policy. Further, he has also Chaired Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’s Working Group on Road Safety Education.
He serves on several policy-making bodies of the Government of India and Inter Governmental Organisations related to trade, investment, competition, environment and consumer affairs.