Opposes rich nations’ attempts to introduce ‘new’ issues.
- India has said it will neither agree to ‘artificial deadlines’ to conclude the WTO’s Doha Round negotiations.
- Aimed at liberalising global trade, nor concur with rich nations’ attempts to expand the ambit of the talks by introducing “new” issues without completely fulfilling the Round’s ‘development’ dimension.
- The Doha Round talks had begun in 2001 and has since missed several deadlines for concluding it.
- Due to persisting differences between the developed and developing world on a host of issues related to trade liberalisation and granting market opening commitments.
The ‘new’ issues pertain to labour practices, environmental standards, global value chains, e-commerce, competition and investment provisions, transparency in government procurement.