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INDIA MANAGES TO DEFEND ITS RAW SUGAR EXPORT SUBSIDY PAYMENTS AT THE WTO

Several WTO members including EU, Australia and Colombia have accused India of going against its commitment at the WTO’s Bali Ministerial in December 2013. They are critical of India’s export subsidies for raw sugar announced in February 2014.

India has managed to ward off criticism for its raw sugar export subsidies by once again claiming that it has not made any payments under the programme. However one of the officials was quoted saying that the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution is now sanctioned to pay off Rs. 200 Crore ($32 million) to the raw sugar export for the period.

India is a major producer of raw sugar in the world and members apprehend that such export subsidies could distort global market. Another official of the Ministry of Commerce was quoted saying that such subsidy programme is justifiable on the ground of encouraging sugar producers to diversity from refined to raw sugar.

The domestic demand is pegged at 24.8 million tonnes for this year, whereas the sugar mill association estimate total production at 26 million tonnes.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Monday, 09 March 2015

(Source: Business Line)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.