CIRC PRESS RELEASE - January 2008

Build up expertise: Pillai

Jaipur, January 09, 2008

“Dhabol power project was failure because the government officials involved in the negotiations were not competent enough to make it a success, which cost India hugely,” said GK Pillai, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, while inaugurating the four-day (January 09-12) training programme for senior level Civil Servants and Executives being organised by CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) at Chokhi Dhani, here today. While lamenting the lack of training on economic and commercial diplomacy, Pillai pointed out that one wrong decision on the part of a negotiator might cost enormously to the country as a whole. He hoped that this training programme would be a good step to build up expertise.

Kishan Rana, former Ambassador of India and Course Director, CIRC opined that this kind of an interactive programme is something that we were missing for a long time. He detailed how this training programme would serve to address the gap that exists in economic and commercial diplomacy. BK Zutshi, Member Governing Council, in his remarks referred to opportunities being provided in this era of globalisation that have made location and distances irrelevant. L N Gupta, Resident Commissioner, Orissa lauded the training programme and called it a much focused programme.

Pradeep S Mehta, Director General, CIRC, while laying emphasis on a structured or a scientific approach to diplomacy, informed that the idea of organising training programmes on economic and commercial diplomacy is the brain child of Pillai. He went on to elaborate that this training programme will help the government officials to develop scientific thinking, which in turn would help them negotiate. Mehta also referred to the role of public-private partnerships in a scientific approach to the economic and commercial diplomacy.

Participants comprised representatives from different ministries such as Commerce and Industry, Defence, Environment and Forests, Labour and Employment and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. States of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Jammu & Kashmir were also represented.

The objectives of this four-day training programme are to meet the imperative of having trained government officials at various levels who are involved in commercial and economic diplomacy; to ensure coherence between India’s domestic policy on trade and investment related issues with international commitment.

For further details, please contact:
Rahul Ranjan/Richa Bhatnagar
CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC), Jaipur
D-217, Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur-3-2016
Phone: 91-141-2282821; Fax: 91-141-2282485
Email: circ@cuts.org