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Standards/ TBTs / IPR-Market Access

Government unveiled Draft National E-commerce policy

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has released a draft National E-commerce Policy with aims to create a framework for achieving holistic growth of the e-commerce sector along with existing policies of Make in India and Digital India. The draft addresses six broad issues of the e-commerce ecosystem: Data, Infrastructure development, E-commerce marketplaces, Regulatory issues, Stimulating domestic digital economy and Export promotion through e-commerce. 

Government mandates BIS certification for import of electronics and IT goods

As per Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) notification, the import of new electronics and IT goods without BIS registration is now prohibited. Under the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) order 2012, imports of these goods is allowed through the registration with the BIS or on specific exemption letter from the Ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY).

Cabinet approves proposal to align with global trademark system

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for accession of India to the Nice, Vienna and Locarno Agreements, that would harmonize the classification systems for examination of trademark and design applications, in line with the systems followed globally. The accession is expected to instill confidence in foreign investors in relation to protection of IPs in India.


World Trade Organization (WTO) Issues and Challenges

Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, provided information on the Issues and Challenges to WTO.  The WTO and the global trading system are facing serious challenges in terms of unilateral measures and counter measures by some members, deadlock in important areas of negotiations and ongoing impasse in the appointment of members of the Appellate Body of WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism.