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J S Deepak named next ambassador to WTO

In his earlier stint in the Commerce Ministry, he was India's chief negotiator at the WTO

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

J S Deepak, WTO
J S Deepak. Photo: @DoT_India

Telecom Secretary was on Wednesday named India's next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year.

A 1982 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh, Deepak, who is at present attending the (WMC) at Barcelona, has been shifted with "immediate effect" from the telecom ministry and has been made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department, an official order said.

During his earlier stint in the Commerce Ministry, he was India's chief negotiator at the and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the mega Agreement being negotiated by 16 countries.

The is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations.

has been pushing for a (TFA) in services at which has 164 member countries. The WTO's trade facilitation pact in goods came into force on February 22.

According to the official order, Deepak has been appointed the OSD in the Department of Commerce after the government upgraded this post from Director to Secretary.

He will be functioning as OSD till May 31 this year, the order of Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said.

The order also named him as India's Ambassador/Permanent Representative of to the Geneva-based WTO from June 1 till the date of his superannuation which is July 31 next year.

Deepak is credited with successfully conducting the first ever e-auction of in 2010 that fetched government over Rs 1.06 lakh crore in 2010, while also setting the roadmap for future auctions.

An MBA degree holder from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Deepak has worked as consultant with The Policy Project, Washington DC, a consortium of US-based Research Triangle Institute and Johns Hopkins University, to develop population and health policies for various countries and states in

First Published: Thu, March 02 2017. 00:34 IST