Suresh Prabhu pitches for inclusion of trade facilitation pact on services in WTO

Proposed pact to help professionals move smoothly from one place to another

by Nidhi Bhati

Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu has advocated for inclusion of the trade facilitation pact on services in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to help promote growth of the global economy. The proposed trade facilitation agreement in services (TFS) aims at liberalising rules for movement of professionals and other steps to reduce transaction costs with a view to boost growth of the services sector. India is pitching for inclusion of this pact as the services sector contributes over 60 per cent to the GDP and 28 per cent to total employment, opine industry sources. Prabhu further added that the commerce ministry is working on statewise plan to promote the services sector.

References
1. https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/trade-facilitation-pact-in-services-at-wto-to-push-global-economy-says-suresh-prabhu/1168839/
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.8 -0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
94.7 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
94.8 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
94.6 0.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
New projects 2.36 1.34 1.30 2.28
Completed projects 0.87 1.21 1.05 1.26
Stalled projects 2.67 0.69 0.95 3.35
Revived projects 0.23 0.34 0.22 0.18
Implementation stalled projects 0.77 0.78 0.59 1.05
Updated on: 22 May 2018 9:20AM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
All listed Companies
 Income 9.6 7.9 11.9 10.9
 Expenses 9.9 9.0 12.9 18.6
 Net profit -19.8 -18.1 -14.0 -62.8
 PAT margin (%) 5.3 5.5 4.9 3.2
 Count of Cos. 4,493 4,481 4,445 993
Non-financial Companies
 Income 10.2 8.2 13.2 12.7
 Expenses 10.5 8.1 12.4 14.0
 Net profit -25.1 -6.0 12.6 2.8
 PAT margin (%) 5.2 6.2 6.4 9.3
 Net fixed assets 9.2 18.1
 Current assets 78.6 8.6
 Current liabilities 11.0 11.1
 Borrowings 10.4 -5.7
 Reserves & surplus 5.2 9.8
 Count of Cos. 3,471 3,456 3,443 784
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 22 May 2018 9:20AM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
All Companies
 Income 5.6 1.8 5.5 3.6
 Expenses 5.7 1.9 5.5 2.8
 Net profit 0.0 -10.0 25.8 9.8
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 2.8 3.6 10.0
 Assets 9.5 10.1 7.1 7.1
 Net worth 8.5 11.3 6.6 5.1
 RONW (%) 5.8 4.9 6.0 15.5
 Count of Cos. 25,791 23,882 21,156 37
Non-financial Companies
 Income 4.8 0.9 5.3 3.0
 Expenses 5.0 0.3 5.6 2.0
 Net profit -8.2 19.0 20.5 10.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.0 2.4 3.0 8.7
 Net fixed assets 13.4 17.3 6.1 2.7
 Net worth 7.0 12.0 5.3 3.6
 RONW (%) 4.7 5.2 6.1 17.0
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.2
 Interest cover (times) 1.9 1.9 2.1 16.2
 Net working capital cycle (days) 66 65 62 27
 Count of Cos. 21,034 19,996 17,659 28
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 20 May 2018 10:09PM

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