India Opposes Non-Trade Topics at WTO Meeting

  • India’s delegation, led by Commerce Secretary Shri Sunil Barthwal, attended the thirteenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Abu Dhabi. 
  • Comoros and Timor Leste acceded to the WTO, a move India supports. 
  • India emphasized the need to avoid fragmentation of the multilateral trading system and focus on non-trade issues. 
  • India emphasized the need for developing countries to seek appropriate policy space to address their concerns. 
  • India warned against mixing non-trade topics with WTO rules, arguing these could lead to greater trade fragmentation. 
  • India highlighted the need for better-addressed issues like gender and MSMEs, which are better addressed through national measures. 
  • India also highlighted the potential negative impact of non-trade issues on developing countries’ trade interests. 
  • The government has taken measures to include MSMEs and women, particularly through Digital Public Infrastructure.
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