High Level Advisory Group constituted for trade
High Level Advisory Group constituted for trade

Commerce Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, has approved the constitution of a High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to make recommendations in identifying opportunities and addressing challenges in contemporary global trade scenario. 

HLAG will consider ways for boosting India’s share and importance in global merchandise and services trade, managing pressing bilateral trade relations and mainstreaming new age policy making.

The terms of reference (ToR) of HLAG are to examine the prevailing international trade dynamics, including, the rising protectionist tendencies, particularly by major economies, non-engagement by some countries on outstanding trade negotiation issues and commitments, including Doha Development Agenda, and their insistence on pursuing negotiating mandates, in many cases prematurely and without efforts, to build consensus and common understanding.

On new issues and in light of this examination, the HLAG will suggest a way forward for India, taking into account its interests and sensitivities, and provide options for a balanced approach for the global community to build on achievements thus far, in creating a conducive global trade framework and move forward in a harmonious and consensual manner that is acceptable to the larger global community.

The Group may consider possible approaches and suggest a pragmatic framework for India’s future engagement in international trade, and the manner in which it can play a proactive and constructive role in working with the community of Nations in exploring and building consensus on resolving emergent trade related issues.

The HLAG will meet regularly over next two months and make specific implementable recommendations in light of ToR to facilitate the formulation of future trade policies.

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