Center for Advanced Trade Research

CATR is well thought conceptualized institution of economists and researchers in TPCI. The institution indulges in trade research in order to facilitate its diversified stakeholders including Government and industry with inputs on trade and economic development matters. This institution has evolved as a premier institution on trade matters based on the model, thought & executed with key pillars and activities as described below in brief.

Key Pillars of CATR

  • Focus
    CATR focuses on quantitative and qualitative trade research using primary and secondary data sources. Vivid modelling and econometric tools are applied for getting deeper insights.
  • Stakeholder Consultation
    We take consensus from our stakeholders, eclectic export associations and erudite scholars and policy makers for our ground level and primary research.
  • Publications
    We regularly publish research papers, reports and studies related to global trade and trade policies. We actively participate in national and international seminars and conference.
  • Training
    We also provide training and orientation programmes in international trade research, data analysis, software tools applicable in international trade.

Activities of CATR

  • Data Research & Analysis
    • Global and Domestic Trade Analysis
    • Country specific and Product specific trade analysis
    • Foreign Trade Agreements (FTAs), Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) & Multilateral Trade Agreements (MTA) Analysis
  • Policy Documents
    • Periodical policy reviews
    • Pre-budget proposals
    • FDI/ JV/ Investment studies
  • Trade Remedies
    • Anti-Dumping Measures
    • Safeguards against surge in imports
    • Anti-subsidy investigations
    • Trade Defence on investigations against Indian manufacturers and exporters
  • Analyzing various industry subject
    • NTBs / Standardization measures
    • Suggesting suitable changes for enhancement of trade

Honorary Patrons

Prof. Manoj Pant

Director of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Prof. Manoj Pant is currently the Director of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). He has been teaching Trade Theory in the Centre for International Trade and Development, School of International Studies, JNU for more than 20 years. He has about 35 publications in international referred journals and two books. He has been speaking on WTO issues for the last four years in seminars of the UNCTAD, OXFAM and other non-governmental organizations on issues of investment and competition policy.


Prof. Dr. Amita Batra

Professor, Centre for South Asian Studies, JNU

Dr. Amita Batra is a Professor in the Centre for South Asian Studies, JNU. She has worked as Senior Fellow at the ICRIER, New Delhi for five years and before that as Reader, Economics, Hindu College, University of Delhi. Dr. Batra has also worked as Consultant for the World Bank, New Delhi and as Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Dr. Pralok Gupta

Associate Professor (Services and Investment), Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Dr. Pralok Gupta is currently working as Associate Professor (Services and Investment) at the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. Dr. Gupta has a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and has also been a visiting and full time faculty to various institutions in India. He has been actively engaged in policy making by Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance on various trade and macroeconomic issues and also involved in FTA negotiations and the ongoing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) discussions of the Government of India with other countries.

Mr. Darshan Singh

Mr. Darshan Singh

Indian Trade Service, Additional Director General Foreign Trade (Retd.)

Mr Darshan Singh holds an M.Phil. Degree from Delhi University and Bachelor’s Degree in Academic Laws from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. He started his career as an academician, as a Lecturer in Department of Mathematics, Guru Nanak Dev University in the year 1979 followed by qualifying for Indian Statistical Service in 1981. He continued to work as a Statistical Officer till his selection in Indian Trade Service in the year 1986. During his tenure as an Indian Trade Service Officer, he performed various duties in the Department of Commerce. Ministry of Commerce and Industry, ranging from formulating the Foreign Trade Policy of the Country to executing the same. He has had an impeccable record as a real facilitator and promoter of Foreign Trade before his superannuation in the year 2017.

Mr. Om Prakash Hisaria

Mr. Om Prakash Hisaria

Senior Vice President (EXIM) at Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mr. O. P. Hisaria is the Senior Vice President (EXIM) at Reliance Industries Ltd.. He previously served the Government of India for more than 17 years as the Joint Director General, Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration & Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. A. K. Gupta

Mr. A. K. Gupta

Founder of TPM, Solicitors & Consultants

Mr. A. K. Gupta, Founder of TPM is a well-known expert in the area of trade remedial measures in the country. Mr. Gupta is Masters in Management Studies (MMS) from BITS, Pilani and a member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India (formerly known as Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India). He served Govt. of India for more than seven years. During this period, he largely served as Assistant Director in Anti-Dumping Division and holds experience of more than 500 cases by now, which is perhaps globally highest number for an individual .He resigned from Govt. services in 1999 and started practicing in this field which was later named as TPM Consultants.