WTO meet: Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu has his task cut out
WTO's 11th ministerial conference on 10 December will decide whether Suresh Prabhu is able to stand firm in safeguarding India's core interests
In 2009, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took away the commerce and industry portfolio from Kamal Nath and handed it over to Anand Sharma. The reason was simple: Kamal Nath adopted strong positions on agriculture at the failed 2008 ministerial meeting in Geneva. The US was unable to advance its trade-distorting domestic subsidy programmes and secure new market access in India due to Kamal Nath’s inflexible positions.