OPENING UP DOHA TALKS
Date : 28 Apr 2010
Location : New Delhi
At various international meetings held in the past two years, world leaders have expressed their strong support for an early conclusion of the Doha Round of trade talks in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). India decided to take the initiative to break the impasse in the Doha Round by volunteering to host an informal Ministerial meeting of about 30 WTO Member countries in September 2009. Ministers unanimously affirmed the need to conclude the Doha Round within 2010. The meeting led to the resumption of talks in Geneva.
Several coalitions of developing countries have come together on the basis of common positions on specific aspects of the negotiations. While the G-77 and ‘non-aligned countries" are not coalitions formed for the WTO negotiations, many of the members of these groupings are part of various coalitions in the WTO. India has been working closely with other developing countries in such coalitions to ensure an ambitious and development-oriented outcome in the Doha Round.
This information was given by Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.