JOINT STATEMENT OF KAMAL NATH AND PETER MANDELSON ON WTO DOHA ROUND NEGOTIATIONS
Date : 08 Jul 2008
Location : New Delhi
Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, had a bilateral meeting with the European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner, Mr. Peter Mandelson, last evening at London and discussed various matters including the successful conclusion of the WTO Doha Round.
Following is the Joint Statement issued by the Commerce and Industry Minister of India and the EU Trade Commissioner regarding the Doha Round of negotiations:
"India and the EU are committed to the success of the forthcoming WTO Ministerial meeting. A successful outcome of the Doha Round, balanced across the full range of market access issues in agriculture, industrial goods and services is essential to secure growth in trade and boost the global economy. Such an outcome would also further integrate developing countries into the world economy while fully reflecting the developmental objectives of the Round, including sensitivities in agriculture.
We are determined to ensure in particular that ministerial engagement on services is substantial and leads to strong future offers.
We also remain firmly committed to taking forward issues relating to geographical indications and biodiversity."