India keen to host WTO mini ministerial

India has proposed to host an informal gathering of ministers of the members of World Trade Organization (WTO) in May to discuss the interests of least developed countries and developing countries in global trade rules amid the US accusing emerging economies of benefitting from exemptions meant for poor nations.
India, which hosted a similar meeting last year, has already teamed up with China, South Africa and Venezuela to counter the US allegations and highlighted the glaring asymmetries through which the US has benefited.
At last year’s mini ministerial, we had portrayed our right to market access globally. We have proposed to organise another ministerial in Delhi in May to ensure to take this idea forward, said commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu at the CII- EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership.
India had organised the informal gathering last year in the wake of talks collapsing at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference in December 2017. This year’s mini-ministerial meeting comes as developing countries fight to safeguard their eligibility to get Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) at the WTO.

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