India uses WTO peace clause for higher rice sops

News:India has invoked the peace clause of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for exceeding the ceiling on support it can offer farmers for rice for the marketing year 2018-2019.This is the first time any country has invoked this clause. Facts: Peace Clause:It is a mechanism which protects a developing country’s food procurement programmes against action… Continue reading India uses WTO peace clause for higher rice sops

Key WTO body may become dysfunctional from December 11

News:The World Trade Organization’s(WTO) appellate body could become dysfunctional on December 11,2019 as the United States continues to block the appointment of members. Facts: About WTO’s Appellate Body: The World Trade Organization’s(WTO) Appellate Body was set up in 1995. It is a standing committee of seven members that presides over appeals against judgments passed in… Continue reading Key WTO body may become dysfunctional from December 11

Special and differential(S&D) treatment

News:India China and several African nations has cautioned against diluting special and differential treatment provisions related to developing countries, as it would lead to deadlock at the WTO. Facts: About Special and differential treatment: The WTO Agreements contain special provisions which give developing countries special rights and which give developed countries the possibility to treat… Continue reading Special and differential(S&D) treatment

WTO cuts global trade growth forecast to 1.2% for 2019

News:The World Trade Organization(WTO) has reduced its global growth forecasts for 2019 to 1.2% from the earlier 2.6%. Facts: The trade forecasts has been reduced due to (a)downgrades on slower growth in major economies (b)trade wars and (c)ongoing uncertainty over Brexit. It has also said that the job creation may also be affected as firms… Continue reading WTO cuts global trade growth forecast to 1.2% for 2019

China lodges case at WTO against US import duties

China has lodged a case against the United States with the World Trade Organization(WTO) over U.S. import duties. The move was taken after the United States began imposing 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods, including footwear, smart watches, and flat-panel televisions. China has said that the latest tariff actions by US has violated… Continue reading China lodges case at WTO against US import duties

WTO to rule on India sugar export subsidies

The World Trade Organization(WTO) has set up panels to rule on complaints by Australia,Brazil and Guatemala against India’s export subsidies for sugar and sugarcane producers. The three countries have claimed that India provides trade-distorting production subsidies including soft loans and subsidies to maintain stocks of sugar and tax rebates. Australia has held India responsible for… Continue reading WTO to rule on India sugar export subsidies

New Delhi may not join interim arrangement to replace appellate body at WTO

India is unlikely to strike bilateral deals with World Trade Organization (WTO) members such as the European Union (EU) and Canada. The deal aims to work out an interim arrangement to preserve the dispute settlement function of the multilateral body by agreeing to set up arbitration panels to resolve disputes. The Appellate body considered the… Continue reading New Delhi may not join interim arrangement to replace appellate body at WTO

India warns WTO’s appeals body may collapse

India has warned of the collapse of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. This statement came as the US has repeatedly blocked the selection complaining the Appellate Body failed to follow the rules in the Dispute Settlement Understanding. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that is concerned with the regulation of… Continue reading India warns WTO’s appeals body may collapse