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India Leads And Delivers At WTO 12th Ministerial Conference: Goyal

India stood strong for its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), farmers and fishermen at the WTO, said Goyal

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India has been able to secure a favourable outcome at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after many years, despite a strong global campaign against our farmers and fishermen, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal, after the conclusion of the WTO 12th ministerial conference in Geneva. 

Terming the just concluded MC12 as an “outcome-oriented” success, Goyal said the Indian delegation, guided constantly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been 100 per cent successful in portraying before the world the priority issues for India and the developing world.

Goyal said the Indian delegation leveraged India’s strong relationship with the world, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nurtured over the last few years.

“Few countries attempted to create a false campaign, initially on Sunday and Monday, that India is obstinate due to which no progress is being made. The real situation has emerged before us all, the issues raised by India, on which the Prime Minister had asked us to focus upon, now the whole world acknowledges that was the correct agenda and ultimately India played a vital role in arriving at all solutions," he said.

He also said India took the lead and was at the centre of the conference. It turned the tide of negotiations from full failure, gloom and doom to optimism, enthusiasm and consensus-based decision. 

"India’s efforts to bring members to a table to discuss issues irrespective of the existing geopolitical order has ensured that the world order is not broken,” he said.

He added that today as we return to India there is no issue on which we have to be the least concerned, whether it is related to agriculture such as MSP, reinforcing the relevance of the public stockholding programme towards fulfilling the national food safety programme or PM Garib Kalyan Scheme, TRIPS Waiver, e-Commerce moratorium, response to covid and fisheries. 

"Similarly there have been no restrictions on fishing that our fishermen were deeply concerned about, that would bind artisanal and traditional fishermen of India in the future. India has been cent per cent successful; no restrictions or terms have been placed on India or the Government, rather we have been successful in introducing checks on illegal fishing, under-reporting or outside regulation, viz IUU fishing," he said. 

On the WTO reforms agenda, Goyal said the basic structure and core principles of WTO including Consensus, S&DT provisions and SDG goals, will be retained while making it more contemporary. 

"I believe it will be good for the WTO and will be good for the developing and under-developed countries in the future and foster global trade through transparent means," he said.

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