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Mini-ministerial meeting of key WTO members on Mar 19-20

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Key trade ministries from both rich and developing economies will discuss challenges being faced by the multi-lateral organisation at a meeting being hosted by here on March 19 and 20.

The meeting, a sort of mini-ministerial, has been convened by in the aftermath of failure of the trade talks at last year on account of differences among the members of the Trade Organisation (WTO).

has invited ministers from the US, European Union, Australia, China, and several African countries.

According to an official, the objective of the meeting is to initiate a free and frank discussion on various key issues and challenges facing the Geneva-based

had earlier said that the meeting will seek to revitalise the multi-lateral trade body.

The meeting also assumes significance as rich nations are forming groupings to prepare ground for pushing new issues such as investment facilitation, preparing rules for e- commerce, promoting gender equality and reducing subsidy on fisheries.

India has been keenly pushing agriculture issues at the Trade Organisation. 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 talks at the WTO's 11th ministerial conference collapsed after the US went back on its commitment to find a permanent solution to the stockholding issue, a key matter for India.

The four-day conference in Argentina, which ended without a ministerial declaration or any substantive outcome, did manage to make some feeble progress on fisheries and e- commerce by agreeing to work programmes.

A dejected expressed disappointment over the way the negotiations progressed and called for soul-searching among the member countries.

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

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 21:05 IST