Info Service on Trade and WTO Issues (July08/36)
Indian SMEs will be hit by NAMA proposals, say industry leaders
Geneva 23 July (Martin Khor) -- Leaders of Indian domestic industries who have come to the WTO during the present week of talks have voiced strong concerns over the demands made by developed countries in the negotiations on non agricultural market access now taking place at the WTO.
They warned that if the proposals are adopted, India's small and medium sized enterprises in sectors such as chemicals, textiles & clothing, industrial machinery and electronics and electrical components as well as auto and auto components would be hit hard.
The Indian industrialists are especially worried about the developed countries' demands on three areas of negotiations - sectorals, anti concentration and re-manufactured goods.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has sent a delegation to the
WTO for the week. It includes members from the Society of Indian Automobile
Manufacturers (SIAM), and the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association
of India (ACMA). The delegation is holding talks with industry associations
Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of the CII said that in the meeting with the counterpart associations, the CII delegation has indicated their concerns on these three critical areas of NAMA negotiations as well as in the area of services.
CII's serious concern on sectoral negotiations, Banerjee said that the
proposals on sectors proposed by US and other developed countries will
adversely impact sensitive industrial sectors in
On the proposals to include an anti-concentration clause in the flexibilities available for developing countries, Banerjee said Indian Industry is completely opposed to any caveats on flexibilities. He said that the present text does not reflect development imperatives of developing countries and therefore should be dropped from the texts.
While expressing CII's concern with negotiations on re-manufactured goods, Banerjee said that this issue should not figure at the multilateral level, since there is no consensus even on the definition of re-manufactured goods.
Banerjee also called for strong market access proposals from developed countries on services. He said the Services Signalling Conference must lead to meaningful trade liberalisation commitments in Services from developed countries, especially in two modes of supply of interest to developing countries, i. e. Mode I and Mode IV. +