KAMAL NATH TO ATTEND OECD MEETING, WTO MINI-MINISTERIAL AND G-20 IN PARIS
Date : 02 May 2005
Location : New Delhi
Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, will address a Special Session of the Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on “Trade Negotiations under the Doha Round” scheduled to be held in Paris on the 4 May, 2005. India is among the non-member countries including China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa who have been invited by the OECD to participate in the Ministerial Council Meeting.
Shri Kamal will also participate in the informal meeting of WTO Ministers (Mini Ministerial) to be chaired by the Trade Minister of Hong Kong, China in Paris on 4th of May, 2005. This meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to the participating Trade Ministers of WTO member countries to discuss some of the core issues in the ongoing WTO negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda and to give the required political guidance to their negotiators in Geneva in the run-up to the Ministerial Conference of the WTO slated for later this year in Hong Kong.
Preceding this, the Minister will take part in a meeting of G-20 Ministers in Paris on 3rd May, which is expected to be attended by the Trade Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa and other member countries, besides India. Shri Kamal Nath is also scheduled to meet the G-10 representatives led by the Agriculture Minister of Japan and attend a meeting of FIPs (Five Interested Parties), to be hosted by the European Commission on the same day.