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WTO problems

This is with reference to "Get WTO back on talking terms" (Business Line, March 15).

The article rightly emphasises the importance of resumption of WTO talks. In fact, it is the "Agreement on Agriculture" which poses major hurdles to the Doha round of talks.

The developing countries account for about three-fourth of the WTO membership and most of these countries face the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Importantly, Article 20 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture stipulates that special consideration should be paid to the developing countries in the negotiations, taking into account the peculiar problems being faced by them.

Therefore, it is indispensable to establish trade rules that duly pay attention to the situations in developing countries, in order to lead the whole framework of the WTO negotiations to a success.

C. Ramesh

Keeramangalam (TN)

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