4th Progress Report as on August 31, 2006

point INTRODUCTION

point MANAGEMENT
point RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
point INTELLECTUAL RESOURCE MOBILISATION
point OUTREACH

ANNEXURE 1

ANNEXURE 2
ANNEXURE 3           


1. INTRODUCTION

This is the fourth progress report that provides a summary of developments at CIRC between the period June to August 2006 and the events planned for the future.
Five training seminars and five academic lectures have been organised so far on a range of subjects, and an array of events have been planned for remaining part of the year. The activities proposed include training workshops, public lectures and short-term online courses which will be organised pan India and gradually expand its horizons beyond the national boundaries. We are also planning to conduct a series of workshops especially designed for government officials at various levels on the stream of Commercial Diplomacy. This has been discussed later in the report. For updates please visit: http://www.circ.in/about.htm
 

2. MANAGEMENT


2.1 Governing Council: The second meeting of the Governing Council will be organised on March 22, 2007. Advance notice to all the members has been sent so that they can block the date and CIRC sees full strength of its Board members. The agenda for the meeting would be sent in due course. Meanwhile, the members are constantly kept abreast of the activities and developments.

For constitution of the 18-member Governing Council please log on to http://www.circ.in/govrn_council.htm



2.2 Managing Committee: The third Managing Committee meeting was held on August 19, 2006 in Jaipur. This was the first meeting so far which had the honour of having all its members for the meeting. Dr. Vijay Shankar Vyas (in Chair), Mr B K Zutshi, Mr D R Mehta, Dr. Nitin Desai, Shri S Sundar and Mr. Pradeep Mehta. There were some major issues put forward by the CIRC Team for seeking valuable advice from the members. Following were some of the issues raised for discussion during the meeting:

Suggestions had been invited for having a “Champion” Director General for the Institute so that it grows and flourishes as a virtual institute; whether to engage a Public Relation agency for marketing the events; suggestions on Brand building; collaborations; suggestions on kind of training courses to be designed so as to have the best results; and last but not the least, funding which is a very critical issue for the Institute. These are some of the crucial issues that were discussed at length during the meeting along with the progress of CIRC.

For members list please log on to http://www.circ.in/manag_comt.htm

2.3 Academic Council: A meeting of the Academic Council in physical is yet to take place, which could not be done due to non-availability of the majority of its members. This has been made up by apprising the members vide e-mail and personal discussions. Some of the Academic Council members have been participating in training workshops as resource persons.

A list comprising names of members of the Academic Council is available at http://www.circ.in/acad_council.htm

3. RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

3.1 Financial Resources: Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has been facilitating CUTS’ interaction with the World Bank New Delhi office. In response to a formal request the World Bank has communicated to DEA its resolve to support CIRC. The support will be meant for (i) preparation of a detailed business plan and part of the set up cost; and (ii) fund the operation of CIRC.

The Secretary (Finance), Ministry of Finance, Government of India had written to the State Government to send a request to the Planning Commission for allocation in the next financial year. We are in constant touch with the office of the Chief Minister (CM), Rajasthan. The matter is under submission with the CM.

Discussions are on with several other agencies as well, who will soon be approached formally for the support.

Letters for support have been sent out to a list of corporate houses. The list is annexed at Annexure 1.

Letters have also been sent out to all Rajya Sabha MPs (Rajasthan) for seeking support under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD). Letters for support have also been sent to Nominated Members of Rajya Sabha. The list is annexed at Annexure 2.

Government of Rajasthan continues to uphold its support to CIRC. Granting a concession to CUTS on the price of the piece of land that the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has allotted to build the CIRC Campus is under consideration.

4. INTELLECTUAL RESOURCE MOBILISATION

4.1 Visiting Faculty: Visiting Faculty members have been contributing actively in the activities of CIRC. Some of them participated in the training workshops and Academic Lectures organised during this period.Member list of the Visiting Faculty is available at: http://www.circ.in/visit-fac.htm



4.2 Course Development: Training workshops have been planned and organised on the core activity areas of Competition Policy and Law, Economic Regulation and Commercial Diplomacy. Discussions are going on with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for organising a high-level officials (chairman, secretary level) two-day workshop in March 2007. As the next step, certified and diploma courses will be introduced. The first year is dedicated to organising short courses and seminars. After having gathered relevant expertise and established itself, CIRC will introduce short online courses on the subjects.



4.3 Tie Ups and Affiliations: The status of tie ups and affiliations remains the same though several noted institutes and organisations are on the list for collaborating with and seeking support. These collaborations may either be long-term in nature or short-term. Short term being only limited to the specific event while long-term being as have been signed with Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy (ITCD), British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), American Antitrust Institute (AAI). Discussions are on with several other organisations to secure collaboration.

Some of them are enlisted below:

  • Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics (ACORE), ANU;

  • Fordham School of Law;

  • Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC);

  • Regulatory Policy Institute (RPI);

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law;

  • The Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC);

  • World Trade Centre (WTC)

5. OUTREACH

5.1 Website - www.circ.in
The web site is updated from time to time in conjunction with the activities taking place. CIRC aims to engage a full time web developer to maintain the web site. The website has been linked to various search engines.

5.2 Newsletter - CIRCular
Volume 2, Issue 2 of ‘CIRCular’ has been published. The Newsletter is published at a frequency of two months. Amongst other things, it carries special articles on the subject that CIRC covers.

The issues can be read and downloaded at the following link: http://www.circ.in/publication.htm

5.3 Marketing - To reach out to the target clientele CIRC uses multiple mediums. Some of them are:

  • Internet Advertising and E-mailing to clientele as per the database

  • Web Bulletin Board

  • Write-ups and discussion forums: Write-ups have been sent to Learning Curve, Economic Times. ET Knowledge Curve is also being explored.

  • An E-outreach forum has been created by the name of CIRC-Forum which would serve as a tool for gaining recognition and spreading awareness about CIRC and its initiatives. Drawing from real life examples, the forum offers a platform to inform various clients about the relevance of the capacity building solutions offered by CIRC. The members of this forum include CIRC’s target clientele i.e. civil servants, staff of regulatory bodies, civil society organisations, researchers, professionals and business. Other than this, the participants of various CIRC workshops and events are also included as members of this forum.

Registration in the group can be made t:CIRC Forum-
subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Collateral: Brochure, Inserts, event specific fliers, nomadic stand etc. Event specific fliers are designed as per the event requirement. Event-specific fliers and E-templates are sent to the clientele for promoting the event and gaining participation. Nomadic stand for CIRC has also been designed and is used during the various events organised.

Press/News Release: Press releases are also made prior to the events as a marketing tool. The various press releases can be viewed at the following link: http://circ.in/media.htm
 
5. 4 Major Activities held
5.4.1 Academic Lecture Series (ALS): The third progress report of CIRC which covers events up till May 30, 2006 describes three Academic Lectures on the core streams of CIRC. For the period from June till August, 2006 two more lectures have been added to the series. Now CIRC has in all five Academic Lectures. The fourth lecture was on the stream of Commercial Diplomacy which had two speakers, both a part of the CIRC Visiting Faculty.

ALS.04 - July 4, 2006, New Delhi on “Trade Policy Making and Multistakeholder Diplomacy” by Dr. Raymond Saner and Lichia Yiu, Director, Centre for Socio-Economic Development (CSEND) and President, CSEND, Geneva respectively. Ambassador Kishan Rana, an eminent diplomat and expert on the subject was the Chair for the Lecture. Participants were from government ministries, civil society and consumer organisations, academia and research bodies, law professionals and various embassies and high commissions. Welcoming the guests, Pradeep S Mehta, Director General, CIRC, briefly touched on the activities of CIRC and the other Academic Lectures that have been organised under its aegis. He also talked about the three streams of CIRC including Commercial Diplomacy, Economic Regulation and Competition Policy and gave an outline of their minimal penetration in the Indian economy.

The event report along with the presentation for the event can be viewed at following link: http://circ.in/ALS04.htm

ALS.05 – August 26, 2006, Kolkata on "Evolution of Competition Law with respect to India" by Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International. The lecture was organised at the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Kolkata at ICSI-EIRC Auditorium. The event began with Mr. Subrata Kr. Ray, the Vice-Chairman of the ICSI-EIRC welcoming Mr. Mehta and all the members present there. He introduced Mr. Mehta to the audience as “an authority on Competition Law in India” and gave a short account of his profile.
For the event report and presentation please visit the following link: http://circ.in/ALS05.htm

5.4.2 Training Seminars
CIRC has so far organised four Training Seminars on Competition Policy & Law (CPS) and one on Commercial Diplomacy. The duration of these seminars varied from half a day to five days. A combination of Indian and international resource persons have contributed to the seminars. CPS.01, CPS.02 and CPS.03 have already been discussed in the third report.

The fourth workshop on Competition Policy & Law (CPS.04) was organised by CIRC in collaboration with Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance (FEMAG), Australia; the International Network of Civil Society Organisations on Competition (INCSOC), India; the Board of Trade of Thailand (BOT); and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) on June 29-July 1, 2006, Bangkok, Thailand. It began with opening remarks by Nitya Nanda, a permanent faculty member of CIRC, followed by an overview on Competition Policy & Law and Economic Regulation by Philippe Brusick, Head of the Competition and Consumer Policy Branch, UNCTAD. Several eminent competition experts and economists from various parts of the world, including Thailand, participated as resource persons in the seminar. Their presentations included case studies and live examples with which the participants could relate easily. The resource persons included Patrick Krauskopf, Director, Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO), Sitesh Bhojani, Barrister and Consultant, former Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); Deunden Nikomborirak, Research Director, Economic Governance, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI); John Preston, Consultant on Competition Policy, Private Sector Policy Department, DFID; S. Chakravarthy, Consultant on Competition Policy; and Malathy Knight John, Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka.

Participants were from countries across the globe including India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Vietnam, Netherlands, USA, and Malaysia and representatives of the Department of Internal Trade of Thailand (the authority which oversees competition issues in this country), many multinational corporate houses, civil society organisations, law firms and trade associations.

For more on the seminar log on to: http://circ.in/er29june06.htm

First workshop on Commercial Diplomacy (CDS.01) was held on the same dates of June 28-July 1, 2006 at New Delhi. This was jointly organised jointly organised by CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC) in collaboration with Institute of Trade and Commercial Diplomacy, USA (ITCD); Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi (IIFT). The event was supported by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India. The four-day training workshop commenced with the inaugural session by Prabir Sengupta, Director, IIFT, New Delhi and Shrawan Nigam, Consultant, Planning Commission and Fellow, C-CIER on Opportunities & Challenges in a Globalising Economy.

The resource persons comprised eminent experts, practitioners and academicians in the field of Commercial Diplomacy and related matters. They were Geza Feketekuty, President, Institute for Trade & Commercial Diplomacy, USA; Kishan Rana, Senior Fellow, DiploFoundation and Professor Emeritus, Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi; Suhail Nathani, Partner, Economic Law Practice, Mumbai; Om Gupta, Dean, Jagannath Institute of Communication and Design, New Delhi; Rohit Mehtani, International Business Consultant, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi; Kumkum Sen, Partner, Rajender Narain & Co.

The seminar had participation from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Small Scale Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ministry of External Affairs, CUTS Centre for International Trade and K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik, Maharashtra. The seminar was well structured for the Government officials involved in bilateral trade negotiations. The duration of the sessions provided adequate time for discussions and interaction giving the process of learning a wide scope. The participants have asked for a sequel for this workshop which should be essentially residential in nature and the reading material should be circulated at least a week prior to the workshop.

5.5 Events Planned:
Discussions and planning leads to implementation. CIRC is also under this stage of discussing and planning for its event that would be implemented. They are as follows:

• An international symposium entitled "Political Economy Constraints in Regulatory Regimes in Developing Countries" is being organised under the aegis of CIRC on 22-24th March 2007 in Delhi, India. The symposium is being organised as part of a research programme entitled “Competition, Regulation and Development Research Forum”. The research programme was initiated against the background that, in the developing world, there is most often a gap between policy and implementation due to various political economy and socio-cultural factors. In order to address these policy relevant gaps, CUTS has envisioned this programme to undertake research and deliberate on substantive issues concerning implementation of competition and regulatory regimes in the developing world. The programme is funded by DFID and IDRC.

  • Planning and discussions are going on to organise a two-day event for high-level officials (chairmen, secretaries) of Indian Electricity Regulators, along with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) of India, as mentioned earlier in the report. This event is likely to be held in March 2007.

  • A public lecture on Competition Policy and Law is being planned for November 2006 at Mumbai. This would be the sixth in the series of Academic Lectures.

  • As a part of planning activities and events for CIRC, a three-year proposal is being submitted to the Department of Commerce, Government of India, to organise Training Workshops on Commercial Diplomacy for the government officials at different levels. This proposal is an outcome of the CDS.01 which the participants from various government offices found immensely useful. We hope to have a positive response so that we can begin to plan organising the workshops.

  • A proposal is also being designed for the American Centre, Mumbai for holding an event on Commercial Diplomacy with their support.

The tentative calendar is annexed at Annexure 3.

Annexure 1

List-Seeking Support from Business Houses in India
 

S No Name Designation & Organisation

1

Anand Mahindra
Vice Chairman & Managing Director,
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Mahindra Towers, Ground Floor
Worli, Mumbai - 400 018

2

Deepak Parekh
Chairman, Infrastructure Development Finance Co. Ltd. (IDFC),
Ramon House, H.T. Parekh marg 169, Backbay Reclamation
Mumbai 400 020
Ph: 91-22-2281 7451/ 7513
Fax: 91-22-2233 9641

3

K. V. Kamath

Managing Director & CEO
ICICI Limited
ICICI Towers, Bandra-Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400 051Maharashtra
Ph: 91-22-2653 8000 (O)
Em: nita.colato@icicibank.com

4

Kumar Mangalam Birla
Chairman,
Aditya Birla Group
Aditya Birla Centre
S. K. Ahire Marg
Worli, Mumbai 400025
Tel: 56525000/24995000
Fax: 56525750

5

Lakshmi Niwas Mittal
Founder, Mittal Steel Company Ltd.
7th Floor, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6DA, England
Tel: +44 20 7629 7988
Fax: +44 20 7629 7993

6

Rahul Bajaj
CMD, Bajaj Auto Ltd.,
Chairman & Managing Director
Bajaj Auto Ltd., Mumbai Pune Highway, Akurdi, Pune 411 035 Maharashtra
Ph: 91-20-2747 2787
Cell: 98905 00103/Fax: 91-20-2747 33
Em: rahulbajaj@bajajauto.co.in

7

Ratan Tata
Chairman,
Tata Sons, Bombay House,
24, Homi Mody Street,
Mumbai 400 001
Ph: +91 (22) 5665 8282

8

Sunil Mittal
Chairman & Group MD
Bharti Tele-Ventures Limited
(A Bharti Enterprise)
Qutab Amibience (at Qutab Minar), Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi - 110 030
Tel: +91 11 4166 6000
Fax: +91 11 4166 6011/12

9

Vijay Mallya
Chairman, Kingfisher

10

Shri Ravi Jhunjhunwala
Chairman
LNJ Bhilwara Group
Bhilwara Towers,
A-12, Sector-1
Noida 201 301

11

Mr. Anil Singhvi,

Managing Director
Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd.
122, Maker Chamber, 111 Nariman Point,
Mumbai 400021, Maharashtra

Annexure 22

List of Rajya Sabha MPs (MPLADS) Rajasthan
 

S No.

Name

Political Party

1

Heptulla Dr.(Smt.) Najma A.
BJP

2

Singh Shri Jaswant
BJP
3
Agarwal Shri Ramdas
BJP
4
Bagrodia Shri Santosh
INC
5
Thakur Dr. Prabha
INC
6
Pilania Dr. Gyan Prakash
BJP
7
Chaturvedi Shri Lalit Kishore
BJP
8
Singhvi Dr. Abhishek Manu
INC
9
Balmiki Shri Krishan Lal
BJP
10
Natwar Singh Shri K.
INC

 

Nominated Members of Rajya Sabha
 

S. No.

Name of Member

Status

1

Benegal Shri Shyam
 
Nominated

2

Bhartia Smt. Shobhana Nominated

3

Deshpande Kumari Nirmala Nominated

4

Jalan Dr. Bimal Nominated

5

Jethmalani Shri Ram Nominated

6

Kasturirangan Dr. K. Nominated

7

Mitra Dr. Chandan Nominated

Annexure 3

CIRC-Calendar of Events for 2006-2007*

Sr. No.
Event
Time
Venue

1

ALS.06

November, 06

Mumbai

2

ALS.07
December, 06
Mumbai/Delhi

3

CDS.02

January, 07

New Delhi

4

ALS.08

February, 07

Mumbai

5

RPS.01

March, 07

Delhi

6

CPS.05 (Railways)

April, 07

Chennai/Mumbai

7

RPS.02

May, 07

Mussoorie

8

ALS.09

June, 07

Delhi

9

CDS.03

July, 07

Udaipur

10

RPS.03

Oct-Dec, 07

New Delhi

11

CPS.06

November, 07

Hyderabad/Chennai

12

CPS.08

December, 07

Bangkok

13

CDS.04
(Trade)

January, 08

New Delhi

14

CPS.11
(Pharmaceuticals)

April, 08

Hyderabad

  • Competition Policy & Law Seminar (CPS)

  • Regulatory Policy Seminar (RPS)

  • Commercial Diplomacy Seminar (CDS)

  • Academic Lecture Series (ALS)

    * This is subject to change. Please check for updates