India to take up food security with WTO chief

India will press for expediting negotiations on grain stockholding when a government team meets the World Trade Organization’s chief later this week to discuss food security and easing cross-border movement of professionals amid rising protectionism.

“Agriculture, especially food security, is on the agenda. With the Trade Facilitation Agreement on goods coming into force, some momentum has to be created for food security," said an official aware of the meeting.

The developing world’s food security concerns have remained unresolved from the Doha Round and were part of both Bali and Nairobi ministerial meetings. Easing services trade is a relatively recent subject which India is spearheading.

A team comprising senior officials from the commerce department will meet Roberto Azevedo in Geneva, the official said...................Read more


Source: The Economic Times

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