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India pushes for ‘permissible’ fishery subsidies at WTO February 19,2020   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

India has made a case for allowing a small and tight ‘green box’ of permissible subsidies for fisheries. Under this, New Delhi wants to include livelihood support for fishermen during the period when fishing is banned and subsidies for navigation and safety equipment. “We need to bear in mind that fishery subsidies to be implementable should at least impact the large number of subsistence and artisanal fishermen who, in many developing countries like India, get minuscule subsidies and who would be rendered destitute without such support,” read India’s statement at the recent meeting on fishery subsidies at the WTO. New Delhi wants subsidies for vessel monitoring system as well as equipping boats with navigation and safety equipment to be identified as permissible.

Caps on subsidies

While effort is on at the WTO to conclude an agreement on curbing harmful fishery subsidies at the Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan in June 2020, members continue to differ on the scope of the agreement and the exemptions to be extended to developing nations. The US, Brazil and Australia want to place subsidy caps on countries with large fish stocks, like India and China, irrespective of their development status. “A discipline will need to actually constrain the largest

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