WTO Issues

D. Raghunandan

7th March 2016

 

Last week a Panel set up by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body ruled against India on a complaint by the US in early 2013 that India’s Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) for some solar power projects violated WTO prohibitions on measures that result in “less favourable treatment” of international trade partners. The Pa ...

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Amit Sen Gupta                                                                                                                    

January 07, 2007

 AS a consequence of having become a signatory to the TRIPS agreement (as part of the WTO agreement), India was required to amend its Patent Act by January 1, 2005. While there were various obligations placed on India as a signatory to the TRIPS agreement, the most important one related to the granting of product patents for medicines. The Indian Patents Act of 1970 exempted medicines from product patents and allowed only processes of making medicines to be pate ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 08:55
 
The WTO Stutters Towards A Collapse

July 09,2006

Amit Sen Gupta

The World Trade Organisation stuttered towards another collapse as a mini-ministerial meeting in Geneva, earlier this month, ended without any progress. That the talks seem to have reached an impasse was borne out by WTO chief Pascal Lamy’s comments that: "There has been no progress and therefore we are in a crisis." It is being predicted that if no agreement is reached by the end of the G8 meetings in St Petersburg this month, the round will collapse.

The ongoing round of negotiations in the WTO is termed the “Doha Development Round”. It gets i ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 08:56
 
Indo-US Agriculture Initiative: Handing Indian Agriculture to Monsantos

As Bush descends on the country, a number of events are planned to synchronise with his visit and mark its success. One amongst the many has a vital bearing on more than 60% of Indian population, namely the “Indo-US Knowledge Initiative on Agricultural Research and Education.” This is a follow-up of the understanding reached during Manmohan Singh’s US visit and the subsequently, the Indo-US Umbrella Agreement signed in October last year. The disquieting part of this knowledge initiative is that it is very clearly driven by Monsanto and Wal Mart from the US side. The US side has also made clear that any funding that comes to this initiative from the US side will be from the ...

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The WTO Telecom Agreement or Grabbing the Global Telecom Pie By Prabir Purkayastha

Last month, a new global telecommunications agreement was reached under the aegis of World Trade Organisation (WTO). It follows various other unequal agreements that have been reached under the new global trade regime of WTO. This agreement opens up the $615 billion global telecom markets of all countries, hitherto a preserve of their national telecom carriers, to global competition. No wonder that Charlene Barshevsky, the US Trade representative to WTO, hailed the pact saying that it will give international carriers (read US multi-nationals) free access to nearly 100% of the world’s telecom market as against only 17% now. Barshevsky also added that this will create upto o ...

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