Fighting over the agenda

Ahead of meetings of G20 leaders in the first week of March in Berlin, the WTO secretariat has already presented its views. The presentations objected to by India are titled: E-commerce, WTO Rules and Regional Trade Agreements and Investment Facilitation: WTO’s Contribution to the TIWG Discussion. TIWG stands for Trade and Investment Working Group.

Coming down heavily on the presentations, India reportedly asked WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo, who is also the chair of the trade negotiations committee: “Were the contents of these presentations discussed by members and was there a consensus on the propositions contained therein that the WTO should be encouraged to launch a dialogue on strengthening trade and investment policy coherence or that there should be further discussions towards a multilateral outcome on e-commerce?”

– by D. ravi kanth in India accuses WTO of raking up new issues