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40 countries invited for WTO mini-ministerial meet on Mar 19-20: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has invited over 40 countries for the WTO mini-ministerial meeting on March 19-20, Parliament was informed today.

In a reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha, and Industry, C R said is hosting this meeting with the objective of facilitating an exchange of views on various issues and challenges relating to multilateral trading system.

"An informal WTO Ministerial gather is scheduled to be held in on March 19-20, 2018... Over 40 countries have been invited for the meeting including both developed and developing countries," he said.

This would be the second mini-ministerial meeting being hosted by The first was in 2009.

In a separate reply to another question, said India's position in the Trade Organisation (WTO) is that negotiation on issues such as agriculture must be prioritised and concluded.

"India has also emphasised that development must remain central to the work of the WTO. As part of various developing country groups in the WTO, India's focus in the WTO is to protect the livelihood and of people in developing countries," he said.

India is a strong supporter of the multilateral trading system and has been working constructively with members of the WTO to ensure that multilateralism is strengthened through collaborative efforts, added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:25 IST