India for WTO leadership but not at the cost of farmers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 00:47
New Delhi: India on Tuesday made it loud and clear it cannot bargain farmers' interest for any global deal even as it has taken the leadership for reviving the stalled Doha talks.

"While we go to the negotiating table, we remain conscious of the interests of the millions of our farmers, the interests of our small and medium enterprises ...," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said here.

Expressing confidence that a wayout to end the deadlock on the trade negotiations would be found at the ministerial meeting here on September 3 and 4, Sharma said India would seek greater market access in services, the largest contributor to the country's gross domestic product.

He was addressing heads of Indian missions asking them to play a greater role in responding to growing protectionism in the West. "It is my firm belief that such measures are delaying economic recovery and prolonging recession... The law enacting 'Buy America' provisions is a case in point. Similarly, our consignments of pharmaceuticals bound for Africa are repeatedly held up in EU."

Earlier, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said the ministerial meeting to be attended by all major groupings like the G-20 led by Brazil, African Group led by Egypt, the US and the European Union, was not meant for hardcore negotiations but to build a consensus on Doha round.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 00:47

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