India and the WTO Stand-off
India has emerged as a leader and voice amongst the developing countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) while negotiating or proposing agenda. One such area has been the public stock holding for food security purposes that it brought into the agenda of the WTO’s Ninth Ministerial Conference at Bali. It’s refusal to sign by 31st July the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which it linked to its food security concerns, drew the ire of the developed countries and also from critics at home. Joyce Lobo discusses in the paper attached.