New Delhi: Happy with Union commerce minister Anand Sharma’s efforts to revive the stalled Doha multilateral trade talks, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy has confirmed his participation at the trade ministers’ meeting being hosted by India in September.
“Yes, Lamy has confirmed his participation at the -ministerial meeting in the first week of September,” a Commerce Ministry official said.
The WTO chief is expected to play a referee’s role in his attempt to bridge the divide between the developing and developed countries on market opening that each side is willing to offer for reaching a deal.
“The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General has expressed his satisfaction on the initiative of the Commerce and Industry Minister to organise the ministerial meeting,” the official said.
Trade ministers from around 30 key countries, including from the G-20 (a grouping of 20 developing nations), are likely to be present at the meeting. It is also likely to have representation from the developed world such as the US and the European Union.