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