About CRT

The Centre for Regional Trade (CRT) is a New Delhi-based autonomous Think-Tank, which has been established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, under the Centre for Research on International Trade (CRIT) at IIFT.

CRT is mandated to focus on policy-oriented research while viewing India's economic engagements with the global economy through a regional lens.

The broad canvas of work of CRT includes research which is both region-oriented and theme- specific:

Undertaking research and enhancing awareness on trade and investment issues relevant to specific regions/countries, including Africa, ASEAN, China, EU, Eurasia, Japan, Korea, Latin America, North America,South Asia, etc. from the perspective of implications for India and other developing countries.

Broad themes of research, capacity building and outreach programmes coverTrade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Technology and inter-linkages between Trade and Developmental issues.

Some of the specific thematic areas of focus are tariff analysis, potential of trade in goods, rules of origin, SPS/TBT, investment regime of countries, trade and investment complementarities, etc.

Undertaking research on opportunities for India to enhance trade and investment relations relevant to specific regions/countries.

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The blue hues and waves hint at ocean, sky and space amidst which earthly efforts are made for achieving economic prosperity, peace and human welfare across the world; through bilateral & regional cooperation.

Seven Stars

The seven-star configuration in the sky are known as Saptarishi. The Saptarishi meaning "seven sages" are the seven rishis who are extolled at many places in the Indian philosophy and literature. According to one such list these include Agastya, Atri, Bhardwaja, Gautam, Jamadagni, Vasistha and Vishvamitra. They symbolize light, energy and knowledge.

As per the western asterism, they are called Big Dipper (US) or the Plough (UK).

They have been designated in consecutive Greek alphabetical order:α (Alpha), β (Beta), γ (Gamma), δ (Delta), ε (Epsilon), ζ (Zeta), and η (Eta).

The essence is to bring a confluence of Indian, oriental and western streams of wisdom, thoughts and quest for ensuring well-being in different regions of the globe.

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Six lines denote six international ‘two-way’ flows viz. trade in goods, trade in services, investment, human resources, technology and knowledge. The overlaps mean interconnections across flows as each intersects the other and the combination moves further to intersect with another. This is further amplified by the fact that six flows are denoted by only three colours. An integrated approach!

This design also has connotations for bilateral, regional and multilateral configurations. It also gives an impression of a chain: Regional and Global Value Chains.

As the frontiers of lines / flows expand, the space in the middle also will enlarge implying increase in the size of the cake i.e. expanding economic activities, growth and development.

Finally, the golden globe in the middle implies the six flows are centered towards bringing about global economic prosperity and peace via bilateral and regional economic cooperation and integration.