Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Seminar Details

07 Jun 2006

Developing Countries and Services Negotiations
June 67, 2006

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Background Note
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--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.

Key Note Address:
 Mr. S. N. Menon, Secretary, MOC&I, GoI—View speech

Special Address: Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh
, Deputy Director General, WTO— View speech

  • Role of Developing Countries in Services Negotiations: Offensive or Defensive 
  • Issues and Concerns of Developing Countries in Market Access: Prospects of Balanced Outcomes 
  • Rules: Domestic Regulations and Developing Countries 
    • Domestic Regulation and Multilateral Negotiations 
    • Domestic Regulation Related Barriers faced by Developing Countries in Developed Country Market 
    • Regulating Networks – The Indian Telecommunication Experience 
  • Enhancing Cooperation among Developing Countries 
    • What kind of Technical Assistance do the Small Developing Countries Need? 
    • How the Large Developing Countries can help Smaller Developing Countries in their Capacity Building? 
    • Balancing the Objectives of Different Developing Countries Agriculture versus Services, Safeguard versus Services 
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