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PR No. 182 PAKISTAN COMMERCE MINISTER URGES WTO MEMBERS TO CREATE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Islamabad: 26th September 2017

The Minister for Commerce and Textile, Mr. Pervaiz Malik has strongly emphasized the importance of creating a level playing field for developing countries particularly in the area of agriculture & trade, says a press release received from Geneva here today.

 

The Minister stressed home this point in his meetings with Ambassadors of various Agriculture related coalition groups in the WTO and in his meeting with the WTO’s Director General and Deputy Director General. 

 

The Minister underscored the point that trade distorting subsidies of the developed countries were tilting the market in their favour and drastically against the poor farmers of the developing countries. He also informed that huge amounts of domestic support in large agriculture producing countries and their Public stockholding also affected the small farmers by taking away the market share and depressing prices for their products.

 

The Minister for Commerce and Textiles, Mr. Pervaiz Malik is on a 3 day visit to Geneva in connection with various engagements at the WTO and other international organisations. He is due to make speeches at the WTO Public Forum and meet other officials in the UNCTAD and ITC in the coming days.

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