India pitches for free movement of labour across borders

July 26th, 2012 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 26 (IANS) India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Thursday urged countries across the world, especially in European region, to liberalise visa norms and allow free movement of labour across borders.

“If we are viewing the trade paradigm from a perspective of generating sustainable employment, it is imperative to address the issue of free movement of labour across borders,” Sharma said while addressing a business event called “Global Investment Conference” here.

Sharma said movement of labour was equally important as is the case with capital and technology.

He wondered why the labour can’t move freely in “today’s globalised world, where capital and technology move with unprecedented speed and in unprecedented volumes across national boundaries”.

Sharma claimed that India was in “an advanced stage of concluding an ambitious Broad based Trade and Investment agreement” with the European Union.

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