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Title: The Post-Bali Debacle and India’s Strategy at the WTO: A Legal and Policy Perspective
Authors: Babu, Ravindran Rajesh
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2014
Series/Report no.: WORKING PAPER SERIES;WPS No. 754 September 2014
Abstract: India has been perceived now as a villain that stalled the entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the associated “Bali package”, a deal which was hailed as a landmark in the history of the WTO by none other than the then Minister of Commerce and Industry of India. The mood changed with the drastic reversal of the negotiating position post-Bali by India’s new government at New Delhi. India’s last minute pull out surprised and concerned most, and has been viewed with apprehension both in terms of the future of the WTO multilateralism, as well as, from India’s own trade interest. India’s standpoint is firmed by its genuine concern over food security and convinced by the fact that the developed countries may have fewer incentives for addressing food security once the TFA becomes binding. In the midst of allegations and criticisms, this paper does a reality check on the cause and consequence of India’s negotiating position and its implication on India’s domestic and international interests. This paper attempts to throw some light, both from a legal and a political economy perspective, on the various dimensions of the India’s negotiating standpoint. The paper argues that despite the potential legal and political repercussions, India might overcome the hurdle unscathed. At the same time, the paper notes that the current fiasco and precarious position of India in the world stage, is the result of an incoherent policy formulation and negotiating strategy that engulf Indian decision making apparatus.
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