WTO chief Pascal Lamy to meet PM Manmohan Singh today

Business Standard, August 12, 2008

WTO chief Pascal Lamy who is in India is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today evening. Sources said, he is also scheduled to have bilateral meeting with Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and other government officials on the issue related to Doha round of world trade talks.

Sources also added that Lamy will also be meeting BJP leader Arun Jaitely. Observers say that this is Lamy’s attempt to gauge the political situation in India as the country is likely to go to election very soon.

This is in the backdrop of a failed WTO ministerial on Doha round of world trade talks. Observers also see Lamy’s latest moves as a preparation for another WTO ministerial by September this year.

Lamy is in two day visit to India where he is attending a conference on multilateral trade talks organised by Ficci and CUTS.

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