New Delhi: India has not changed its position on agriculture and industry at the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on freeing global trade to protect the interests of its farmers and small enterprises, commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma has said.
“There was no change in India’s negotiating position in agriculture and Non-Agriculture Market Access (NAMA),” an official release quoted Sharma as saying.
Sharma led the India delegation at the three-day WTO ministerial conference attended by trade ministers of 153 member countries, which ended in Geneva on Wednesday.
New Delhi has been pressing for an effective safeguard mechanism to protect the interest of its farmers and small scale sector from any possible surge in imports following liberalization of world trade.
Addressing a news conference after the conference, Sharma said though it was not intended as a negotiating forum, the meeting “provided a useful opportunity for different groups and caucuses to assess the direction of the negotiations.”
Sharma said the first priority should be to conclude the as quickly as possible the Doha round of talks on liberalizing world trade which have floundered since they were launched at the Qatari capital in 2001.