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Agri market cannot be opened to subsidised imports, Nath

Mar '07
Agricultural markets of developing countries like India cannot be opened to subsidised imports from developed countries, Shri Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce & Industry, said at a meeting here with the Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Don McKinnon, while giving his views on the status of multilateral trade negotiations under the Doha Round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Mr. McKinnon agreed with Shri Kamal Nath that such subsidies distorted world prices and thereby aversely impacted on farmers in developing countries.

Mr. McKinnon is here on an official visit in connection with the International e-Partnership Summit of the Commonwealth Connects Programme, which is being inaugurated by the President A.P.J. Abdul Kamal in New Delhi.

The Secretary General will also attend a function being organised by the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre on the occasion of the launch of a project titled “Bonding beyond Boundaries through Sports”.

Welcoming Mr. McKinnon, Shri Kamal Nath warmly recalled their earlier meetings, especially during the last CHOGM in Malta in November 2005 when he had led the Indian delegation.

India is a member of key Commonwealth bodies and has a natural and historical partnership with the Commonwealth – an organisation which promotes democracy, good governance and technical assistance. Commonwealth has a preponderance of developing countries and small states.

India will host the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in 2007. India has previously hosted this event in 1957, 1975 and 1991. India will host Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in 2008 and Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.

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