India committed to successful conclusion of Doha process says Anand Sharma

June 8th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 8 (ANI): Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma on Monday reiterated Indian commitment to the successful conclusion of the Doha process through a constructive engagement.

He stated this in his special address to the Cairns group in Bali.

While emphasizing on the need for resumption of negotiations based on the draft reports on Agriculture and NAMA, he said, “The ‘development dimension’ of the Doha round must be central to all discussions and the aspirations of all developing countries for a fair trading regime must be recognized.”

Cairns group is a unique coalition of 19 agricultural exporting countries promoting free trade in agriculture. These include US, Canda, Brazil, Japan, EU, South Africa, Indonesia among other countries.

During the meeting, Sharma also had discussions with Ron Kirk, the US Trade representative.

The two Ministers agreed to take forward the multilateral negotiations and to review the US-India bilateral engagement during the visit of Sharma to Washington later this month.

The Minister also held talks with his counterpart ministers from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia. He is scheduled to hold discussions with Pascal Lamy, DG of WTO tomorrow. (ANI)

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