New Delhi : India is talking to “good number” of countries to garner support on its stand on the food security issue at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with a view to carry forward the talks for freer trade, reports PTI.
The WTO has resumed work at Geneva from September 1 after a month long vacation.
“We will start from where we have left. The bottom line is already made clear. We are willing to talk but achieve the same objectives in whatever manner,” Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher told reporters.
He said that it was now upto the WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo to convene meetings in the form of either calling heads of delegation or in smaller groups.
At its last meeting at Geneva on July 31, the 160-member WTO failed to agree on a global customs pact popularly called as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
India had decided not to ratify WTO’s TFA, which is dear to the developed world, without any concrete movement in finding a permanent solution to its public food stock-holding issue for food security purposes.