|Developing Countries and Services Negotiations|
|June 6–7, 2006|
|ICRIER organised a one-and-half day international seminar on Developing Countries and Services Negotiations on June 6-7, 2006 at India Habitat Centre. The purpose of the seminar was to facilitate discussion and cooperation among developing countries to push ahead the services negotiations in the Doha Round. Active participation of developing countries is a prerequisite for successful conclusion of services negotiations and for them to gain from the negotiations. Collaboration and cooperation among developing countries would improve their mutual understanding and at the same time enhance their bargaining position vis-à-vis the developed countries. The seminar was timed soon after the mini-ministerial in May and well ahead of the last date for submission of revised offers (31n July 2006), to provide inputs to policymakers for drawing up their revised offers.
Mr S N Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India gave the Keynote Address and Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh, Deputy Director General, WTO, gave the Special Address. Some key speakers included Dr Abdel Hamid Mamdouh, Director Trade in Services Division, WTO; Dr Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, UNCTAD; Mr Nripendra Mishra, Chairman TRAI; Mr Gopal Pillai, Special Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mrs Chawe Mpande-Chuulu, Programme Manager Trade in Services Project, COMESA, Secretariate of Zambia; Ms Teboho Tse Koa, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Lesotho; Dr Deuden Nikomborirak, Research Director for Economic Governance, Sectoral Economics Program, TDRI, Thailand; Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of International Political Economy, IMD; Mr Sumanta Chaudhuri, Counselor, Permanent Mission of India; among others.
The seminar had the full support of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the WTO Secretariat. The Commonwealth Secretariat supported the participation of Ambassadors from three LDCs.
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