India says won’t accept attempts to introduce differentiation

Livemint, 22 January, 2015 D. Ravikanth India says it will not accept any attempts by rich nations to introduce “differentiation” among developing countries as a “gateway” issue for attempts to conclude the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations this year. The Indian position was stated by its Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Anjali…

India may not secure food security deal at WTO Nairobi meet

livemint, 30 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Snapshot The G-33 farm coalition demands two deliverables at the Nairobi ministerial. Accordingly, G-33 submitted two proposals in prep meetings of WTO. The first proposal for amending the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture by inserting a new article for the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for agricultural commodities, to protect poor farmers from sudden…

WTO meet: India needs to stand by farmers

livemint, 30 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Developing countries must ensure that WTO is not reduced to a permanent satellite of Washington and Brussels.   An electoral debacle for the ruling party in a major state is one thing. But the failure to safeguard the interests of hundreds of millions of poor farmers will be a…

Envoys cry foul as US seeks to protect its farm export credits

livemint, 2 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Washington is accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after having denied such flexibility to India and others on food security proposals. The US has demanded ‘safe harbor’ protection for its controversial farm export credit programme from the disciplines underpinning the World Trade Organization’s agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures despite denying such…

Australian Senate Approves China Trade Deal

Bridges, ICTSD 12 November, 2015   The Australian Senate approved on Monday 9 November the implementing legislation for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), overcoming the last barrier in Canberra for the deal’s ratification. The decade-long negotiations for the trade deal were concluded last November, with the agreement then signed by both sides this past…