WTO asks India for greater responsibility for Doha trade deal
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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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