Trade-Related Subsidies - Bridging the North-South Divide: An Indian Perspective

By Meeta K Mehra, Mayank Sinha, Sohini Sahu on July 28, 2004
This paper comprises the background work undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the preliminary phase of the project titled "World Trade Organization (WTO) and Subsidies: Bridging the North-South Divide." The project is an initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Earth Council and the Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto that aims at closing the wedge between developed and developing countries thinking on the issue of subsidies, especially at the WTO. In particular, it envisages contributing to the debate on subsidy-related aspects in the ongoing Doha Development Round. The initiative (henceforth the Subsidies Initiative) is the next stage in the Van Lennep Program on subsidies. This paper includes a background survey of subsidy issues in India, particularly in those areas that are important from a developmental viewpoint in the country or have some link with the ongoing WTO negotiations. It intends to provide inputs for the development of the proposal for research and policy formulation capacity on trade-related subsidies in key developing country partner institutions.

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