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Mini Ministerial meeting of WTO to take place on July 21
Jul '08
Ahead of the crucial Mini Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization being held in Geneva from July 21, 2008, Shri Kamal Nath, the Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry, met Mr. Pascal Lamy, DG,WTO and articulated key Indian concerns on NAMA and agriculture and discussed various issues as regards successful conclusion of WTO Doha round here.

The Commerce and Industry Minister has stated that flexibilities for developing countries have to be adequate and appropriate for addressing the sensitivities of individual Members. There can be no caveats such as number and trade volume limitations as proposed by the US to the usage of these flexibilities. In Agriculture, India hopes to use the revised text on Special Products (SPs) and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) to help Indian promote Indian agriculture sector.

Shri Kamal Nath is slated to attend a G-33 meeting in the afternoon and thereafter meet Mr. Alfredo Chiaradia, Secretary of state of Commerce and International Relations of Argentina and Mr. Celso Amorim, Foreign minister of Brazil. These meetings assumes importance in the light of the fact that the developing countries need to effectively coordinate in arriving at a successful deal for them in the present negotiations beginning on July 21, 2008.

Earlier, the Commerce and Industry Minister held briefing sessions with Indian officials including Shri Gopal Pillai, Commerce Secretary and Shri Rahul Khullar, Additional Secretary who are representing India and stressed that India need to negotiate effectively for getting a secure and fair deal in the present WTO negotiations. The Indian contingent includes Shri U.S.Bhatia, Ambassador, PMI, Geneva and several officials handling key areas.

Press Information Bureau Government of India

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