Geneva heaves a sigh of relief. With Kamal Nath moved out of the Commerce Ministry, the probability of final the contentious Doha Development Round of the WTO appears much brighter. Not that Kamal Nath was un-necessarily throwing spanners simply his rigid traveling pocket over the merchandise negotiations helped Republic of Republic of India to resist bullying as well as arm-twisting by the big boys of international trade.
WTO master copy Pascal Lamy would rest eternally grateful to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for shifting Kamal Nath to a lesser of import Ministry of Surface Transport. I am non certain whether Manmohan Singh exchanged the portfolio deliberately or nether pull per unit of measurement area simply the facts remains that the WTO was keenly next the Indian elections, as well as their involvement was to a greater extent than close the political time to come of Kamal Nath than anything else.
Kamal Nath managed to retain his seat, simply was divested of this important portfolio.
Only a few months dorsum when Madhya Pradesh as well as Chhatisgarh went for assembly elections, Geneva was keeping a closed picket on the outcome. You volition say what involvement has the WTO got inward Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. Well, Pascal Lamy was expecting anti-incumbancy to drive out the BJP government, as well as inward that representative at that topographic point was a likelihood of Kamal Nath taking over every bit the Chief Minister. Kamal Nath belongs to Madhya Pradesh inward key India.
But that did non happen. WTO was surely disappointed.
Speaking of late inward Oman, earlier the formation of the Indian Cabinet, Pascal Lamy, had reportedly said forthwith that the Indian full general elections are over, Republic of Republic of India as well as the U.S. should handle bilateral talks to resolve their differences over agriculture as well as NAMA issues, as well as enable the Doha negotiations to conclude. If solely Lamy had known that Kamal Nath would non live the Trade as well as Commerce Minister, I am certain he would receive got been to a greater extent than confident close the Doha Round lastly coming to a decision inward 2009.
The seventh WTO Ministerial is planned from November thirty to December two inward Hong Kong.
Kamal Nath has been an inwardness sore non solely for Pascal Lamy, simply also for the U.S. as well as European Union. They had been wanting his removal for quite sometime now. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wasn’t really happy amongst Kamal Nath because he did non blindly follow the Prime Minister’s directive. I am aware that Kamal Nath has stood his dry soil a number of times despite New Delhi wanting him to accept the deal. Remember the failure of the WTO latest circular of talks inward Aug 2008. Kamal Nath was aware that George Bush had called upwards Manmohan Singh thrice and notwithstanding he didn’t give an impression every bit if he was buckling nether pressure.
This had manifestly annoyed the Prime Minister. So much so, that at that topographic point were rumours that Kamal Nath may live replaced past times the deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, a to a greater extent than pliable economist.
With Anand Sharma sworn-in every bit the novel Commerce Minister, it volition live relatively slow forthwith to force for an early on completion of the Doha Round. Knowing the involvement of the ruling UPA government, Republic of Republic of India volition endeavor its best to compromise on agriculture as well as NAMA, as well as curvature backwards to appease the US/EU. I concord it may non live every bit slow as well as uncomplicated every bit what I receive got said, simply allow at that topographic point live no incertitude that the previous regime has been to a greater extent than than keen to conclude the Doha agreement. It volition live much easier to produce as well as thence now.
Unless of course of pedagogy the civil society, to a greater extent than importantly the farmer movements, wake upwards to the severe threat looming ahead. After all, the WTO is a life as well as dice number for the 600 1000000 rigid farming population of India.