Shri Narendra Modi
Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Divisions
Trade Policy Division
Overview of the division
Functions of the Division

International Trade Policy Division also called Trade Policy Division keeps abreast of the developments in the international trade organization like including the WTO, UNCTAD, ESCAP, etc. Matters like promotion of trade cooperation among developing countries, Commonwealth trade, multilateral trade, and tariff negotiations are also the responsibility of this Division.

The Trade Policy Division (TPD) is divided into different functional areas of trade and commerce such as Agriculture, Non-Agricultural Market Access, Disputes and Rules, SPS/TBT, TRIPS & Environment/Labour, Services and Trade Facilitation catering the functions of World Trade Organization and other International Bodies / Groups functioning in the field of development World Trade.

Officers in the Division

The Division is headed by Special Secretary with five Joint Secretary level officers and Eight Divisional Officers at the level of Directors/ Deputy Secretary and other supporting staff of the following desks:

  • DESK-I: TPD (Agri)
  • DESK-II: TPD (Disputes & Rules)
  • DESK-III: TPD (SPS-TBT/TRIPS,and Admin & Coord)
  • DESK-IV:Trade Facilitation
  • DESK-V: TPD (NAMA)
  • DESK-VI: TPD (Services-I)
  • DESK-VII: TPD (Services-II)
  • DESK-VIII: TPD (Services-III)
Name and Contact Address of Division Head :
  • Shri Bidyut Behari Swain : Special Secretary
    Trade Policy Division
    Department of Commerce
    Ministry of Commerce & Industry
    Government of India
    Udyog Bhavan,
    New Delhi-110011
  • Shri Shyamal Misra : Joint Secretary
  • Shri Darpan Jain : Joint Secretary
  • Shri Ajay Kumar Srivastava : Additional Director General of Foreign Trade
  • Shri Tapan Mazumder : Additional Director General of Foreign Trade
  • Shri Praveen Mahto : Economic Adviser

Trade Policy Division : Department of Commerce
Government of India
Udyog Bhavan,
New Delhi-110011

Major functions of the Trade Policy Division (TPD) in the Department of Commerce are given below:
TPD (Agriculture)
Functions of the Division
Major Area: Agriculture including
  • Agriculture negotiations in the WTO
  • Work relating to notifications under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA)
  • Review of compliance with relevant Agreements- GATT and AoA
  • WTO Committee on Agriculture (regular) and in Special Session
  • Advice to other Ministries / Departments on Agriculture policies w.r.t. WTO agreements
  • WTO Reforms
Others :
  • Ministerial Conference of the WTO
  • WTO Trade Negotiations Committee
  • General Council of WTO
  • Overall coordination for WTO negotiations including matters to be placed before the Cabinet and its committees.,
  • Inputs for bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral documents/MoUs/declaration/ communique etc. withing DoC and to other Ministries/Departments involving trade issues , esp. w.r.t. WTO.
  • Talking points and briefs on overall WTO issues for use in various international foras
  • Matters related to India’s participation in WTO Public Forum, Inter Parliamentary Union etc.
  • Informal WTO Ministerial meetings including in the sidelines of various regular meetings , such as the G-20, OECD and World Economic Forum
Officers in the Division
  • Ms. Neetika Bansal : Director
  • Shri Narayan Prasad : Under Secretary
  • Ms. Prachi Singhal : Assistant Director
TPD (Rules & Dispute Desk)
Functions of the Division

WTO Dispute Settlement, interpretation of GATT provisions, rules negotiations including Anti-Dumping, Agreement on Subsidy & Countervailing measures, Agreement on Safeguards, Section 9 of Customs Tariff Act, Indian Council of Arbitration and related work including:

  • Work relating to notification requirements pertaining to WTO committees on Anti-Dumping, Safeguards and SCM.
  • Review of compliance with relevant Agreements (Anti-Dumping, Safeguards and SCM).
  • WTO Committees on Anti-Dumping, Safeguards and SCM issues.
Officers in the Division
  • Shri Abhimaniu Sharma : Joint Director General of Foreign Trade
  • Shri K. P. Singh : Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade
  • Shri Anup Singh : Under Secretary
  • Shri GA Sai Krishna Prasad : Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade
TPD (SPS-TBT-TRIPS Desk)
Functions of the Division

Trade & Environment, Trade & Labour, Agreement on TRIPS, Agreement on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Measures and Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade including:

  • Work relating to Notification requirement of WTO
  • Review of compliance with relevant Agreements
  • WTO Committees on relevant Agreements
Other Areas
  • TPD Capacity building including CRIT/Centre for WTO studies and WTO Cehair in National Law School, Bangalore, Study proposal for approval under MAI, etc.
  • TPD Documentation Centre and Library
  • Work relating to RIS
  • E Governance
  • NTMs
  • IIFT, NCTI
TPD (Admn & Coord Desk)
Functions of the Division
  • Coordination in TPD
  • Parliamentary matters, including Standing Committee etc.
  • Result Framework Document (RFD)
  • General Administration, VIP cases in TPD, Hindi matters and matters related to PMI Geneva
  • Nominations for WTO sponsored Seminars/ Workshops and Conferences
  • Matters relating to membership Administration, Budget of WTO.
Officers in the Division
  • Ms. Jyoti Yadav : Deputy Secretary
  • Ms. Tanu Singh : Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade
  • Shri Avinash Singh : Assistant Director
  • Shri Shyamal Kumar Bit : Section Officer
  • Shri B S Manral : Section Officer
TPD (Trade Facilitation Desk)
Functions of the Division

Trade Facilitation, Customs Valuation, Pre-shipment Inspection, Import Licensing Procedure, including:

  • Work relating to Notification requirement of WTO
  • Review of compliance with relevant Agreements
  • WTO Committees on relevant Agreements
  • Other issues:
    • Committee on Trade and Development (Special Session) and Sub-Committee on LDCs
    • Working Groups on Trade and transfer of technology
    • Aid for trade, Technology assistance and capacity building
    • Work relating to Investment including TRIMs, Trade, Debt & Finance, Competition Policies.
    • Monitoring of NTMs of key countries
    • Accession
    • Trade policy reviews of all WTO members including India
    Officers in the Division
    • Shri Anurag Sehgal : Deputy Secretary
    • Shri Vivek Chaudhary : Deputy Director
    • Shri B S Manral : Section Officer
    TPD (NAMA Desk)
    Functions of the Division
    • NAMA : NAMA, NTMs as limited to NAMA Negotiations, Textiles and clothing issues in the WTO, Committee on Regional Trade Agreements of WTO including CRTA negotiations, International Textile Clothing Bureau (ITCB), e-commerce in NAMA, Council for trade in goods, Committee on market access, tariff negotiations, ITA, Duty Free Tariff Preferences (DFTP) for LDCs
    • Government procurement and Global coherence; and
    • State Trading Enterprises; including
      • Work relating to Notification requirement of WTO
      • Review of compliance with relevant Agreements
      • WTO Committees on relevant Agreements
      • Committee on Balance of Payments
    • GVC discussion in WTO
    • MSME discussions in WTO
    Officers in the Division
    • Shri V K Verma : Director
    • Ms Aparajita Singh : Deputy Director
    TPD (Services-I)
    WTO related work
    Functions of the Division
    • Schedule of Commitments / Offers: Market Access discussions including new approaches to negotiations as suggested by some developed countries.
    • Issues of text: Domestic Regulations, LDC Modalities, Emergency Safeguard Measures, Government procurement, Subsidies etc.
    • Implementation of WTO Obligations under Article III and VII etc. of the GATS – issues of notification etc.
    • Participating in the multilateral services negotiation and preparation for various meetings of various bodies at the WTO such as the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services (CTS SS), Regular Session of the Council for Trade in Services (CTS), Committee on Trade in Financial Services (CTFS), Working Party on Domestic Regulations (WPDR) and the Working Party on GATS Rules (WPGR) and to provide inputs to PMI Geneva. Contributing to India’s submissions at the WTO.
    • Other WTO related matters such as contributing towards India’s trade Policy Review, the Ministerial Conference.
    • TiSA
    • Work related to interpretations of WTO law /GATS
    FTAs/Bilaterals/RTAs/Plurilaterals
    • SATIS
    • BIMSTEC
    • APTA
    E-Commerce
    Other Issues
    • Visa Fee Dispute with the United States
    • Evolution of our position on FDI in multi brand retail.
    • All work related to Bilateral Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements (BIPAs)
    • Cabinet notes, RTI, Parliament Questions, Briefs and Speeches, and Studies
    State/UT Governments engagements in Services

    Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Delhi, Pondicherry, and Lakshadweep

    Officers in the Division
    • Ms Anshika Arora : Joint Director
    • Ms. Shalini Mahajan : Deputy Director
    TPD (Services-II)
    Functions of the Division
    FTAs/Bilateral fora/dialogue on Trade in Services
    • India – US TPF
    • India – Canada FTA
    • India – Peru FTA
    • India – Ecuador
    • India – Colombia
    • India – Sri Lanka ETCA
    • fsIndia – Thailand
    • India-Chile PTA
    • Implementation/Review of India-Singapore, India-Malaysia & India-ASEAN Services Agreements
    • India-Mexico HLG
    • India-Brazil TMM
    • BRICS/SCO
    Work related to Champion Services Sector Initiative
    • Secretariat support to CoS and Screening Committee
    • Coordination with line Ministries for preparation, implementation and monitoring of Action Plans for following sectors:
    • Information Technology & Information Technology enabled Services (IT & ITeS) Champion Sector (Ministry of Electronics &Information Technology)
    • Medical Value Travel Champion Sector (Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)
    • Tourism and Hospitality Champion Sector (Ministry of Tourism)
    • Communication Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Communications)
    • Construction and Related Engineering Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Urban Development and Human Resource Development
    • Audio – Visual Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)
    Specific Service Sectors
    • Computer & related services
    • Communication Services
    • Construction and Related Engineering Service
    • Health and Social Services
    • Tourism and Travel Related Services
    • Distribution Services
    • Energy Services
    Agreements/MoU negotiated by respective line Ministries in the services mentioned above.
    State/UT Governments engagements in Services:

    Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra

    Events/Other Issues
    Events on Services
    • Global Exhibition on Services
    • Advantage Health Care India
    Other Issues
    • SEIS
    • Issues relating to Indian Visa regime that have bearing on Trade in Services (Modes 2 & 4)
    • Strategy for USD 5 Trillion Economy
    • Standard in Services
    • Cabinet notes, RTI, Parliament Questions, Briefs and Speeches, and Studies
    Officers in the Division
    • Ms. Sangeeta Saxena : Director
    • Shri Vivek Kumar : Deputy Director
    • Shri Santosh Kumar Dubey : Under Secretary
    • Shri Ullas Kumar : Assistant Director
    TPD (Services-III)
    FTAs/Bilaterals
    Functions of the Division
    • India – Mauritius
    • India – Israel
    • India – Australia
    • India – New Zealand
    • India-EAEU
    • India – China Working Group on Services
    • India – Korea CECA upgradation negotiation
    • Implementation of India – Japan CECA
    • RCEP
    • India – EU BTIA
    • India EFTA
    • India – UK
    Work related to Champion Services Sector Initiative

    Coordination with line Ministries for preparation, implementation and monitoring of Action Plans for following sectors:

    • Transport and Logistics Services Champion Sector (Department of Commerce)
    • Accounting and Finance Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Corporate Affairs)
    • Environmental Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change)
    • Legal Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Law & Justice)
    • Financial Services Champion Sector (Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance)
    • Education Services Champion Sector (Ministry of Human Resource Development)
    Specific Service Sectors
    • Business Services & Professional Services
    • Transport Services
    • Education Services
    • Environmental Services
    • Legal services
    • Re-creational, Cultural and Sporting Services
    • Financial Services
    • Banking Services
    • Other Services not included elsewhere
    Agreements/MoU negotiated by respective line Ministries in the services mentioned above.
    State/UT Governments engagements in Services:

    Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu

    Other issues :
    • Events on Services
      • Higher Education Summit and Study in India
      • North Eastern Region in India related events
      • Legal Services Events
    • Improvement in Statistics on Trade in Services
    • Cabinet notes, RTI, Parliament Questions, Briefs and Speeches, and Studies
    • Officers in the Division
      • Ms Manisha Meena : Deputy Secretary
      • Shri Alok Dwivedi : Dy. Director General of Foreign Trade
      • Shri Santosh Kumar Dubey : Under Secretary
      • Shri Anuj Ojha : Assistant Director