WTO asks India for greater responsibility for Doha trade deal

Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 16:01

New Delhi: The World Trade Organisation
on Saturday countries like India, China and Brazil, which have
emerged as key players in the multilateral negotiations, need
to show greater responsibility for reaching a Doha trade deal.

"...With greater authority there should be greater
responsibility...," WTO Deputy Director General Harsha
Vardhana Singh said at a FICCI meet here.

He said Doha negotiations reflects changes in the
international political economy due to growing importance of
India, China and Brazil.

"...The negotiations have shown that today, the main
group of large negotiating in any multilateral negotiations
will always include these countries," he said.

However, he said it is imperative that a change in
mindset is brought that greater responsibility falls on the
shoulders of those who are given more authority.

Doha round talks had collapsed in July 2008 primarily on
concerns over level of protection available to farmers in the
developing countries in the multilateral global trade pact.

On the forthcoming ministerial meeting scheduled here in
September, Singh said it is a "laudable" effort by India
towards making the talks successful.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 16:01
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