The discourse on trade and investment is often complicated by competing ideologies and special interests. Asia Perspectives is an attempt to bring light to some of these issues, with an emphasis on South and Southeast Asia.
Our goal is to conduct informative explorations that clarify the state of trade between these countries and the rest of the world. We currently draw mainly from secondary sources, hoping to bring out the issues that matter and convey them in an understandable way. Knowing the limitations of our methods, we nonetheless offer suggestions on how to proceed. We hope to generate interest in the subject that could encourage two-way business and foster linkages between innovation ecosystems.
Our focus on trade, investment, and innovation stems from a belief that a strong focus on these can help less developed countries transition into emerging markets without undue dependence on foreign aid. We also believe that economic growth on its own is not a panacea; health, education, and security in a democratic setting are equally important.
Ranjan Banerjee is a director at Policy Research International. He retired in 2012 from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) after a 30-year career as a Foreign Service Officer and Trade Commissioner. He has considerable policy expertise, having conducted negotiations with investors and other international commercial partners. At DFAIT, he focused on enterprise development, government private sector policy development, and public policy evaluation on trade.
He has advised more than 100 Canadian companies on their market development, including investing, off-shoring, and business process outsourcing (BPO). He has also activated treaties and MOUs between Canada and both foreign governments and international organizations.
He has gained understanding in diverse areas, such as commercial constraints (including non-tariff barriers), tax withholding, banking regulations, appropriate representation abroad, and international arbitration.