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India: WTO: India submits new proposal to protect subsidies for fishers by Amiti Sen June 17,2019   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

Demands room to increase support programme for fishing in the future. To protect its right to give subsidies to small and artisanal fishers in the country, India has submitted a new proposal to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), suggesting that developing countries and the least developed countries (LDCs) should be exempted from prohibitions for granting certain fisheries subsidies if the fishing occurs within waters under a country's own authority.

“India also said that as a low subsidiser, it would also like to have room to increase its support programmes for fishing in the future,” a Geneva-based official told BusinessLine. The proposal has been made as part of on-going negotiations at the WTO on curbing fisheries subsidies.

Negotiations on subsidies

At the Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017, members agreed to work towards adopting an agreement on disciplines that prohibit subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by the next the Ministerial Conference in 2020.

“India also proposed, for certain cases, transition periods for developing countries and LDCs before certain subsidy prohibitions kick in. It suggested that developed country

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