WTO sets up panel on trade challenges

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 16 2012, 06:57am hrs
With an aim to address the global trade challenges and find long-term solutions, the World Trade Organization has set up a panel, consisting of experts from all over the world, including India.

The panel will hold its first meeting next month in Geneva.

The WTO panel on Defining the Future of Trade will meet regularly to discuss issues that come in the way of rapidly growing world, the trade body said on its website.

Pradeep S Mehta, secretary-general of Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), has been appointed to the 11-member high-level stakeholders panel.

Among others on the panel are Helen Clark, administrator of UNDP; Festus Gontabanye Mogae, former president of Botswana; George Yeo, former foreign minister of Singapore; Frederico Peinheiro Fleury Curado, CEO, Embraer, Brazil; Thomas Donohue, CEO, US Chamber of Commerce; Josette Sheeran, vice-chairman, World Economic Forum; Talal Abu-Ghazaleh of Jordan-based TAG-Org; and Victor K Fung, chairman, Li & Fung Group, Hong Kong.