India will call meeting of some WTO members in February says Suresh Prabhu

Vastavam web: Commerce and India Minister Suresh Prabhu has said India will call a meeting of some WTO members in February to muster support for food security and other issues.”We are planning a meeting of WTO members in February,” the minister said, adding it would be like a mini-ministerial meeting.This comes against the backdrop of developed nations forming groupings to prepare the ground for pushing investment facilitation, preparing rules for e-commerce, promoting gender equality and reducing subsidy on fisheries with a view to curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

India has been keenly pushing agriculture issues at the WTO. It has also been raising its voice against bringing new issues, especially those which are not directly linked to trade, on the negotiating table.The meeting, according to officials, would help India in explaining its stand on various issues to the member nations and preparing them for collective action.