India Retaliates on Development Issues

India has retaliated against the efforts of the developed countries’ attempts to pull the plug on the development issues in the WTO, junking two draft texts with an obvious tilt in favour of the developed countries. New Delhi is now working on new texts with a language suitable to the developing countries in which it will insist on a permanent solution for food security, special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for protecting domestic industry besides vehemently opposing the inclusion of new issues in the WTO mandate. This looks like a repeat of the Bali ministerial two years ago. India is fighting to secure its interest in Nairobi but the only difference is that this time it is not isolated.

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