On the sidelines of the recent Sri Lanka Economic Summit organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, I interviewed Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh on an emerging area in international trade – private standards. Are they the new competitive edge? Are they a subtle Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB?) What role does the government have in helping firms with standards? This is an important, yet under explored area in international trade discourse in Sri Lanka today. Much of the discussion is limited to SPS/TBT issues (Sanitary and Phytosanitary/Technical Barriers to Trade), while private standards are whats emerging.
Listen to the podcast below to find out more.
Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh has worked for over three decades on international trade policy, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance. He is Executive Director, Brookings India, and Senior Fellow of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises (Fletcher School). Dr. Singh was Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization for eight years till 2013. His direct areas of responsibility included trade in agriculture, services, trade and environment, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and electronic commerce.