The G-33 Virtual Informal Ministerial Meeting organized by Indonesia was held on Thursday to discuss the Agricultural Priority Issues of G33 and the Way Forward for the Twelfth Ministerial Conference scheduled to be held from 30th November to 3rd December this year.
The Informal Ministerial Meeting was chaired by Indonesian Minister of Trade, Muhammad Lutfi.
Director General of WTO, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala delivered the keynote remarks. Out of a total of 47 G-33 Members, representatives from 21 Member countries, including India, took the floor to make brief intervention.
India’s official delegation for the meeting was headed by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. In his intervention, the Minister emphasized that as part of the trust-building exercise for Ministerial Conference 12, G-33 must strive for positive outcomes on permanent solution to Public Stockholding for food security purposes which is of utmost importance.
The meeting concluded with the adoption of the G-33 Joint Ministerial Statement reaffirming commitment for expeditious resolution of the WTO’s mandated issues in agriculture. The meeting also called for satisfactorily addressing the development issues of developing countries and LDCs with Special and Differential Treatment as an integral part of international trade negotiations.