GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1650
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.12.2007
Status of Doha Round of Talks
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY be pleased to state:-
(a) the present status of the Doha round of talks on International Trade; and
(b) when and where the next round of talks are likely to be held?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH)
(a) and (b) : The World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on Agriculture, Non Agricultural Market Access (NAMA), Services and other areas are being held in accordance with the mandate contained in the Doha Ministerial Declaration of 2001; the Framework Agreement of July, 2004; and the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration of December, 2005. On 17 July 2007, the Chairmen of the WTO`s Committee on Agriculture (Special Session) and the Negotiating Group on Market Access brought out Draft Modalities on Agriculture and NAMA respectively. Multilateral discussions on the two Draft Modalities texts are being held since September 2007. The current Round of talks are likely to continue for a further period of time.