Group of CSO’s from developing countries discussed Pakistan’s position in the WTO

A group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from various developing countries visited the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the WTO, Geneva on 22nd October to exchange views on the ongoing negotiations in general and the issue of Special Products (SPs) and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) specifically.

Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the WTO H.E Dr. Manzoor Ahmad outlined the state of affairs in DDA and highlighted the uncertainty prevailing in various areas especially in Agriculture negotiations. Ambassador said that Pakistan is a strong supporter of early conclusion of the round as it carries huge potential benefits for us. Ambassador briefed about Pakistan’s position on SPs and SSM and clarified that we favor the flexibilities however our approach is to preempt the potential misuse of such flexibilities particularly against the other developing countries.

The CSOs expressed their concern over the erosion of development face of the ongoing negotiations and stressed the importance of pro-development outcome especially in Agriculture. They plan to meet with various delegations and share their point of view for a development friendly outcome of the DDA.