Thursday, 7 July, 2022
TopicWTO

Topic: WTO

Why the revival of the World Trade Organisation depends on US and China

The organisation has been 'dead' for years as a location for trade governance, and even longer as a place for successful negotiations.

G-7 sees Modi’s ban on wheat exports as an obstacle to combating rising food prices

India could play a key role in averting a downward spiral of food protectionism at this week’s WTO conference in Geneva.

US, EU draft to amend India’s TRIPS waiver proposal shows West hypocrisy at its best

The TRIPS Agreement focused on the IPRs that restricted access and Covid vaccine supplies. India must shout a defiant ‘no’ against a sloppy US draft.

No consensus in WTO after India proposes virtual ministers’ meet on Covid vaccine IPR waiver

Ministerial conference was postponed in November due to Omicron variant emerging. India & South Africa had proposed intellectual property rights waiver for Covid vaccines in 2020.

World has moved on from US, EU’s drug monopoly. India and China are changing IP regulations

Even without an IP waiver from the WTO, China and India are leading the challenge to the West’s vaccine monopoly.

Vaccine inequity can lead to more Covid variants, waive IP rights immediately, India warns WTO

New variant Omicron has put ‘spotlight’ back on the fact that there exists ‘discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated people’, India said at a WTO meet in Geneva.

India-US digital trade is going through a bad patch. USTR Tai’s visit can begin fixing it

The next few months will test India-US commitments to a strategic partnership. Digital cooperation is a vital part of it.

World urgently needs vaccine equity but WTO envoys are going on a summer holiday

When WTO delegates leave Geneva for their August break, they will be pausing their fractious debate over a proposal to waive intellectual-property protections for Covid vaccines until September.

No time to lose, conclude talks on vaccines patent waiver by July-end: India to WTO

India along with 61 co-sponsors submitted a revised proposal in May on TRIPS waiver for all WTO members regarding prevention, containment, and treatment of Covid.

WTO meeting on India-South Africa proposal for vaccines patent waiver likely to be ‘stormy’

US & China have backed the revised proposal by India and SA, but EU, Australia, Japan & others continue to oppose it and plan to prevent any formal negotiations on the matter.

On Camera

YourTurn

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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