KAMAL NATH PARTICIPATES IN A HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE
ON AGRICULTURE IN PARIS SIGNALLING INDIA'S APPROACH
ON MODALITIES FOR WTO NEGOTIATIONS
Date : 07 Oct 2004
Location : New Delhi
Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Minister, is in France at the invitation of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) to address the concluding session of the high-level conference on "Liberalisation and the future of Agricultural Policy" in Paris today. The concluding session is titled "Is a Consensus Possible Between the Different Protagonist". The other participants in the concluding session are Dr. Tibor Szanyi, Political State Secretary, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development and Mr. Guy Legras, Former General Manager of Agriculture in the European Commission. This is a valuable opportunity soon after the conclusion of July package on the framework for agriculture to signal the approach of India in the detailed modalities for WTO negotiations, which have just commenced. The objective of the conference is to highlight the possible future of agricultural policy beyond the present multilateral or bilateral negotiations, taking into account both the positions of the major international partners, and empirical evidences concerning the strengths and weaknesses of their agricultural sectors.
The prominent speakers who addressed this conference were Mr. Herve Gaymard, French Minister of Agriculture, Alimentation, Fisheries and Rural Affairs; Ms. Ann-Christin Nykvist, Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, Sweden; Mr. Carlos Morgado, Minister for Economy and Commerce, Mozambique; Mr. Jean-Paul N’Goupande, Former Prime Minister of Central African Republic; Mr. John Bensted-Smith, Director-incharge of Economical Analysis and Evaluation, European Commission, Agricultural DG; Mr. Henri Nallet, Former French Minister of Agriculture; and Mr. Terry Roe, Director, Centre for Political Economy, University of Minnesota;
Additionally, Shri Kamal Nath is meeting his counterpart in the French government for an exchange of views on multilateral negotiations as well as bilateral trade issues.