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WTO: We can’t yield on food security
09:35:19 AM | Friday, December 15th, 2017

Author: Amiti Sen

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.

The outcome of the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (MC11) beginning in Buenos Aires on Sunday is difficult to predict as consensus continues to elude members on all key issues ranging from agriculture subsidies to e-commerce in the ongoing preparatory discussions in Geneva.

It is, however, important for India not to lose focus, and concentrate on the key issue of finding a permanent solution on its public food stockholding programme.

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, who will lead India in the talks, has to stick to his stated position that any agreement at MC 11 has to necessarily include a satisfactory permanent solution, and not waver under pressure from developed countries.

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