India opposes WTO course of on fisheries sops

New Delhi: India has objected to a course of adopted by the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations on the World Commerce Group (WTO) whereby info on methods to realize a doable consequence was collected via a questionnaire from ambassadors of fifty international locations of their private capacities.

Terming the method “grossly misguided” that “lacks credibility”, New Delhi advised the WTO in an off-the-cuff assembly of the heads of delegations that it was unclear how the samplings had been completed, which members had been known as for and the factors used to pick them.

“Lack of transparency within the course of can lead us nowhere, if any, it should solely create distrust and confusion. The entire course of, due to this fact, to us lacks credibility,” India mentioned on the assembly held earlier this month, including that this method is “fairly problematic in a multilateral setting”.


Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia is chair of fisheries subsidies negotiations.

India mentioned that ambassadors on the WTO in Geneva will not be of their personal capacities however are representatives of their respective authorities and therefore, their private opinion doesn’t matter.

“We aren’t attending a statistical class, and… samplings might be performed round with by selecting 50 members of my alternative and depicting one thing on the display,” mentioned Brajendra Navnit, India’s ambassador to the WTO.

New Delhi’s assertion assumes significance because the members of the multilateral organisation purpose to reach at a deal to curb dangerous fishery subsidies forward of the twelfth ministerial convention of the WTO from June 12-15.

India is pushing exhausting for Particular & Differentiated remedy within the settlement.
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