WTO CELL

A BRIEF NOTE ON WTO RELATED DEVELOPMENTS

  • World Trade Agreements and negotiations will have a direct impact on all economic activities including the development and promotion of the small scale sector. The sector will have to prepare itself to face the new challenges from the globalization of Trade and Services and adhere to the global norms of Tariff and Trade, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on patents, etc. All this requires awareness amongst the SME.

  • MSME-DO has created a WTO Cell to keep abreast with the latest developments in regard to WTO and to create awareness so as to make the sector ready to face the challenge of WTO.

  • A committee has been constituted to review the various provisions of direct benefits/subsidies and make recommendations for rationalization of subsidies to make them WTO compatible.

  • WTO Sensitization Workshops have been organized all over the Country targeting Central/State administrative authorities, Small Industrial Associations and other SMEs to create awareness and to have feed back on ground realities. In all 28 such Workshops have been organized at Calcutta, Jodhpur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Ludhiana, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Kanpur and Bhubneswar, Goa, Indore, Surat, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Chandigarh, Solan, Jaipur, Bhopal, Pune, Mumbai. During these awareness programmes, special session on E-Commerce were also being organized to prepare the sector to march with the times.

  • The WTO Cell has now taken up the task of creating awareness amongst SSIs about IPRs and procedures relating to anti-dumping action.

  • Monitoring mechanisms ahve been instituted through industry associations in 5 clusters - Hosiery (Tirupur), Shaneel (Panipat), Marble (Rajasthan), Food Processing (Pune) and Machine Tools (Bangalore) to monitor their performance in the context of removal of QRs.