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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter examines the role of the Indian private sector in shaping the country’s foreign policy. It argues that the private sector has limited experience and capacity to influence the course of foreign policy. Barring certain areas such as Information Technology and IT enabled services, the private sector has not impacted much on India’s engagement with other countries and international institutions. Although the private sector plays an increasing role in Track II initiatives, its role in shaping policy remains limited. The chapter analyses the reasons for this and contends that the private sector needs to enhance its own capacity before it call pull its weight on matters of foreign policy. In any event, as India’s economy integrates ever more deeply with the global economy, the Indian private sector will play an increasingly important role in framing and enabling India’s external relations.

Keywords: foreign policy, private sector, global economy, information technology, international institutions

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