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21/02/2018 01:41pm

Special and differential treatment is critical at WTO and is non-negotiable for India: Commerce Minister

image Special and differential treatment is critical at WTO and is non-negotiable for India: Commerce Minister

New Delhi, Feb 21 (KNN) The upcoming informal WTO Ministerial gathering scheduled to be held in Delhi on 19-20 March on India's initiative is likely to be attended by over 50 countries representing the entire spectrum of nations, Ministry of Commerce has said.

In a tweet, the Ministry said the participants agreed that multilateralism is good for India and the WTO should remain a good institution.

The participants also stressed on the usefulness of the interaction and desired that such consultations should take place more often.

In a tweet on Brainstorming on WTO, Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said special and differential treatment is critical at WTO and is non-negotiable for India.

India has invited around 50 countries for the two day meeting in March after talks at the eleventh ministerial conference (MC 11) in Buenos Aires collapsed in December.

It is expected to play a leadership role and give guidance on the way forward on agriculture and services negotiations.

WTO director general Roberto Azevedo will also participate in the meeting.

Discussion on institutional issues of the multilateral organisation and problems with the appellate bodies are likely to be taken up. (KNN Bureau)

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