WTO meet: Industry oppose to zero duty regime

Ahead of the informal WTO ministerial meeting, Indian industry strongly opposed a proposal of the developed countries that duty on specific sectors be eliminated under the sectoral initiative of the Doha Round of trade talks.

Reform process to be speeded up: Maran

Commerce minister Murasoli Maran on Friday asserted that the most important lesson from Doha WTO ministerial conference is that the reform process should be speeded up.

Blair praises WTO trade deal after pressing India

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed the Doha agreement to launch a new round of free-trade talks after intervening to urge India to drop its resistance to the accord, his spokesman said.

WTO agrees on India's demands on health

In a major victory for India, the WTO ministerial meeting approved a declaration over giving developing countries access to cheaper drugs and generic medicines and addressing their public health concerns.

India made major gains at WTO talks: Govt

India on Thursday said that it had made significant gains at a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Qatar, where countries agreed to launch a new round of talks on dismantling trade barriers.

Highlights of WTO declaration

Following are the highlights of the 10-page WTO ministerial declaration paving the way for a development round of negotiations.

WTO makes progress on agriculture

World Trade Organisation ministers made significant progress on agriculture early on Wednesday but stalemate remained on social matters, a source close to the marathon talks said.

Indian shift seen key to breakthrough on WTO deal

Concessions by India on its demand for increased quotas for developing country textile exports may be the key to securing an agreement to launch a new round of multilateral trade talks.

India in the hot seat at WTO talks

India was in the hot seat at World Trade Organisation talks in Doha on Wednesday, under heavy pressure from fellow WTO members to accept a new deal on global trade negotiations.

India blocks draft declaration at WTO

India on Wednesday blocked the WTO draft declaration saying it could not be a party to the launch of new round of trade negotiations as the final draft did not address the concerns of developing countries on several issues including market access and linking trade to environment and labour standards.

WTO ministers approve launch of new trade round

After days of hard bargaining, WTO ministers Wednesday arrived at a consensus to launch a new development round of negotiations aimed at lowering trade barriers after India's concerns on several issues including market access, agriculture, linking of trade to environment and labour standards were incorporated.

Activists including Indian NGOs protest at WTO meet

Protestors including Indian NGOs led by environmentalist Vandana Shiva Monday held a demonstration at the venue of WTO Ministerial Conference here against US-European Union move to grab intellectual property rights which they alleged are deterimental to public health concerns of the developing countries.

ILO bemoans developing countries marginalised by freer trade

Many of the world's poorest countries have not only missed out on benefits from freer
world trade but have been hit by increased unemployment and widening trade deficits, the International Labour Organisation has said.

Nothing resolved as WTO meeting enters final day

WTO ministers entered their final day of talks in Doha on Tuesday still deeply divided on the future of world trade, with delegates warning the conference could end with no accord.

WTO sees textiles as barrier to trade talks pact

The final draft text of a WTO ministerial declaration circulated Tuesday identified textiles as a major obstacle to an agreement on the agenda for a new round of talks to liberalise world trade.

WTO trade talks deal within grasp but not assured

Trade ministers raced against the clock on Tuesday toward the elusive goal of an agreement to launch talks to tear down barriers to global commerce.

Qatar police deny warning shot fired to halt WTO delegate

A senior police official in Doha denied on Sunday reports that a Qatari soldier had fired a warning shot near a security checkpoint installed for a WTO ministerial conference.

President Jiang says WTO entry poses challenges for China

President Jiang Zemin said on Sunday that while membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would bring opportunities for China, it also posed considerable challenges, state media reported.

US isolated at WTO on anti-dumping measures: Japan

Japan on Sunday said that Washington's insistence on imposing punitive anti-dumping duties on certain imports has left the US isolated at a WTO ministerial meeting at Doha.

Bush welcomes WTO accession for China, Taiwan

US President George W Bush Sunday welcomed China and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization, saying the move will lead to global economic growth and democratic reforms by Beijing.

WTO strikes compromise deal on access to drugs

WTO ministers meeting in Doha early Monday struck a compromise over access to cheaper drugs for developing countries, a source close to the negotiations said.

China's entry into WTO not to affect Indian textile export

Union textile minister Kashiram Rana said Sunday that China's membership of the World Trade Organisation will have no impact on Indian textile exports to the US.

Consensus evades talks as rich-poor nations fail to bridge gap

Trade ministers from over 140 countries were struggling on Monday to break the political logjam over the launch of the new round of talks with the rich and poor nations failing to bridge the gap on various issues even as the US said that it would be safe to be cautiously optimistic at this stage.

Commonwealth flays rich-world food subsidies

The Commonwealth said Saturday the rich world was using subsidies and high tariffs to stop poor nations selling more food, and was failing to live up to the spirit of world trade agreements on textiles and clothing.

WTO meet in Qatar sparks protests in Europe

Thousands of anti-globalisation demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and Geneva Saturday in protest against the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference in Doha.

Anthrax fear could mild the US position on patenting

The global anthrax fear has emboldened many developing countries, including India, to put pressure on the United States of America to soften its stand on the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) in regard to the drug patenting rules that concern the health of millions of poor in the third world.

China's WTO entry to open up opportunities for Indian business

The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) acceptance of China's membership bid is expected to open up China's vast market to Indian businesses in areas like agriculture, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, banking and insurance, official sources in Beijing said.

WTO ministers scrap over access to cheap drugs

WTO trade ministers got down on Sunday to the nitty-gritty of negotiating a public health issue so emotionally charged that it threatens the launch of new trade liberalisation programme.

India is not isolated, admits WTO

The World Trade Organisation has rejected the US threat of isolating India on the issue of a new trade negotiation round admitting that Malaysia, Tanzania and Pakistan are rallying behind New Delhi.

Globalisation may erode national sovereignty, says Najma

A day after commerce and industry minister Murasoli Maran's broadside at the World Trade Organisation, deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Najma Heptulla, on Sunday warned that the speed with which the globalisation is being rushed could lead to a loss of national sovereignty.