2 Jun 2021

WTI Alumnus BVR Subrahmanyam designated as India's new Commerce Secretary

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the Indian government appointed BVR Subrahmanyam as new commerce secretary. He will assume his new role on 30 June 2021.

Subrahmanyam, who hails from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is a 1987-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer with experience in conflict zone administration. He has served in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under both Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi and has also worked with the World Bank. In June 2018, Subrahmanyam was appointed the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.

Several Indian news outlets write that Subrahmanyam's appointment comes at a time when the Indian government seeks to "revitalise trade through a new foreign trade policy as well as negotiations for free trade agreements". It is also expected that under his tenure, crucial WTO talks will be held, especially to deal with COVID-related vaccines and drugs.

Subrahmanyam is a MILE 2 alumnus of the WTI, where he obtained a degree in international law and economics. The WTI would like to congratulate him on his new appointment and wishes him great success.

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