The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has announced that Pradeep Mehta of Jaipur-based Consumers Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) has been included in the high level panel formed to identify 21st century trade challenges. The first meeting of the panel will take place in Geneva on May 16.
“The difficulties we, and many other multilateral institutions, have encountered in recent years is indisputable proof that yesterday's solutions simply cannot be applied to the problems we face today,’’ WTO Director- General Pascal Lamy said in a statement from Geneva.
“This panel encompasses experts from all corners of the world and nearly every field of endeavour. Their analysis will spark debate and open new channels of thinking how we can best confront the stumbling blocks that today's rapidly evolving world has strewn in our collective path,’’ he further added.
Other members of the stakeholder panel on “Defining the Future of Trade” include Helen Clark, administrator of UNDP; Festus Gontabanye Mogae, former president of Botswana and George Yeo, former Foreign Minister of Singapore.
When asked about his inclusion in the panel, Mr. Mehta said it would be a challenging task and said he would welcome suggestions from all the stakeholders in the developing world to take forward their views in this exercise. The panel will meet several times this year and will present a report to the WTO in early 2013.