WTO

  • India's demands block $1 trillion WTO deal on customs rules 6 hours 24 minutes ago

    The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling. "We have not been able to find a solution that would allow us...
  • Can Narendra Modi redefine India-US relationship? 18 hours 51 minutes ago

    In stern words, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told US Secretary of State John Kerry that surveillance of political leaders and others in India by the American intelligence was "unacceptable". ...
  • American surveillance of BJP 'unacceptable', Swaraj tells Kerry 17 hours 2 minutes ago

    New Delhi: In stern words, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told US Secretary of State John Kerry that surveillance of political leaders and others in India by the American intelligence was "unacceptable". "I told him that both countries consider each other as friendly nations and it will not...
  • No change in India's stand on WTO, says Sitharaman 22 hours 18 minutes ago

    New Delhi: As only a few hours are left for WTO members to ratify the trade facilitation pact, India on Thursday asserted that its stand "remains the same". "Our stand remains the same," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after meeting US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The World...
  • Kerry asks India to drop opposition to WTO deal Yesterday

    New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country's commitment to advance economic liberalisation. Kerry made the call in a newspaper article,...
  • Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO brinkmanship 2 days ago

    New Delhi: With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to...
  • Hectic parleys on to find a solution to WTO impasse 2 days ago

    New Delhi: With the deadline to ratify the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement nearing, hectic parleys are on in Geneva to resolve issues between developed countries and emerging economies, including India. In the WTO general council meeting last week, India had made it clear that it would not ratify the trade facilitation...
  • No trade facilitation pact without resolving food security issue: India to WTO 6 days ago

    Geneva: In a strong message to the WTO, India on Friday said it will not ratify the trade facilitation pact until a permanent solution is found on food security and other issues of poor nations impacting livelihood of millions. "To jeopardise the food security of millions at the altar of...
  • India blocks WTO deal on customs rules as deadline nears 1 week ago

    Geneva: India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically. At a meeting in Geneva, diplomats from the 160 WTO member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on "trade...
  • India will not back WTO protocol unless concerns addressed: Sources July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India will not support a trade protocol ahead of a July 31 deadline unless concerns about its food subsidies are met, two senior government officials said on Wednesday, a position that threatens to derail a landmark global trade deal. The determination to link its food subsidy programme, aimed at...
  • Pressure on India to sign WTO trade agreement July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid sharpening differences between India and developed world on WTO issues, Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will finalise this week New Delhi's stand on Bali agreements including ratification of the trade facilitation pact. The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday( July 23) comes close to the July...
  • Anand Sharma thanks USTR, WTO and IMF chiefs for supporting India May 14, 2014

    Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has written farewell letters to United States Trade Representative and chiefs of WTO and IMF thanking them for extending support to India at multi-lateral forums. "As I approach the end of my tenure and prepare to demit office by the end of this week, I...
  • India to block US trade probes, ready for fight at WTO February 25, 2014

    India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries. New Delhi is furious about a threat of trade sanctions made by...
  • US challenges India's solar export restrictions February 11, 2014

    Washington: The US on Monday challenged the domestic content requirement of India's solar mission, which it alleged is discriminatory and against international norms, including WTO laws, and badly affects the American domestic solar panel manufacturing industry. As the US Trade Representative, Mike Froman, announced his decision, officials argued that they have...
  • India to create 100 mn jobs in manufacturing sector: Anand Sharma January 23, 2014

    Davos: India is looking to create as many as 100 million skilled jobs in the manufacturing sector by raising its share of GDP to 25 per cent from 16 per cent, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said. Sharma is in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meet...
  • WTO agreement needed for developing nations, says Anand Sharma December 18, 2013

    Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the recent agreement signed at the WTO meeting in Indonesia was needed to strike a balance in favour of developing nations. Giving clarifications on a statement given in the Rajya Sabha, he said after the Uruguay round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meet,...
  • Bali outcome not to impact food security programme, says Anand Sharma December 17, 2013

    The outcome of the WTO meeting held recently at Bali will not impact the country's food security programme, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma informed Parliament on Tuesday. "...nothing in the aforesaid agreement impinges on our food security programme for the poor and vulnerable sections of society, which is very much...
  • WTO reaches its first ever trade deal at Bali meeting December 7, 2013

    Bali: The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy. The approval came after...
  • Win for India as WTO allows subsidy on food security December 7, 2013

    In a major victory for India, the WTO on Friday agreed to allow countries to provide subsidy on staple food crops without any threat of punitive action, a concession that salvaged the current round of world trade talks from the brink of collapse. ...
  • India has its way at WTO, demand for no cap on food subsidy accepted December 7, 2013

    Bali: In a major victory for India, the WTO on Friday agreed to allow countries to provide subsidy on staple food crops without any threat of punitive action, a concession that salvaged the current round of world trade talks from the brink of collapse. After burning the midnight oil and tough...
  • Major victory at WTO, no threat to food security plan: Sharma December 6, 2013

    Bali: In a major victory for India, the WTO on Friday agreed to allow countries to provide subsidy on staple food crops without any threat of punitive action, a concession that salvaged the current round of world trade talks from the brink of collapse. After burning the midnight oil and tough...
  • Don't take a stand at WTO meet, will jeopardise our welfare schemes: Raman Singh to PM December 5, 2013

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said an unfavourable agreement at the ongoing WTO meet in Bali could "seriously impair" implementation of Food Security Act in the country, as he vouched his support for the "non-negotiable" stand taken by India. Singh, who wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday,...
  • India refuses to trade food security at WTO meet in Bali December 4, 2013

    Sticking to its position that food security was non-negotiable as it impacted four billion people worldwide and millions of farmers, India on Wednesday rejected the subsidy proposal in its present form at the global trade talks in Bali. "For India, food security is non-negotiable," India's Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said at...
  • WTO meet begins on Tuesday, high stakes for India's food programme December 2, 2013

    Ministers and trade diplomats from 159 countries will get into tough negotiations at the WTO Ministerial meeting beginning in Bali on Tuesday with India seeking a deal on farm subsidies that will enable it to implement its USD 20 billion food security law without attracting any multilateral scrutiny. As hard bargains...
  • CII calls for addressing food security issue at Bali meet December 1, 2013

    The outcome of the WTO meet at Bali without addressing the concerns of developing countries including India on issues like food security plan would erode the credibility of the multi-lateral body, industry body CII said on Sunday. "Any outcome sans a good development package, including adequate safeguards for developing countries to...
  • India will secure and protect right to food security at WTO, says Anand Sharma November 29, 2013

    Ahead of next week's WTO meet in Bali, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Friday asserted that India will secure and protect its right to food security and strive for a permanent immunity from any kind of farm subsidy breach. He also said that India will remain positively engaged with the other...
  • Full text: Prime Minister's interview to 'Kompas' newspaper, Indonesia October 11, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is on a four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia said that Indonesia is one of India's most important partners in the neighbourhood and a "key constituent of India's Look East Policy". During his visit, he is scheduled to attend the ASEAN summit and hold talks on...
  • P Chidambaram defends Indian policies as growth oriented July 11, 2013

    Washington: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday invited American companies to establish manufacturing plants in India, as he defended Indian economic policies as growth oriented and WTO complaint, and emphatically raised New Delhi's concerns over the comprehensive immigration reforms. Chidambaram, who is here on a four-day trip to attend the annual...
  • US challenges India's solar program restrictions at WTO February 7, 2013

    Washington: The United States on Wednesday filed a challenge with the World Trade Organisation over elements of India's national solar program, which it said discriminates against foreign solar products in violation of a core global trade rule. The case comes as a number of governments, including the United States, are supporting...
  • India beats China in export growth rate: WTO July 30, 2012

    New Delhi: India has overtaken China in exports growth rate recording an increase of 16.1 per cent in 2011, topping the list of all major trading countries in the world, says a WTO report. "India had the fastest export growth among major traders in 2011, with shipments rising 16.1 per...