India seeks reforms in UN, G-8
With financial crisis gripping the developed world, PM Manmohan Singh raised the pitch for reforms in the UN, G-8 and other international institutions of governance.delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2008 12:54 IST
With financial crisis gripping the developed world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday raised the pitch for reforms in the UN, G-8 and other international institutions of governance and emphasised that the voice of the developing countries should be heard.
Inaugurating the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit here, he said the Doha round of WTO talks should be approached purposefully so that these negotiations are concluded in a "manner that promotes development and inclusive growth".
"We are meeting against the backdrop of international financial crisis," he said addressing the third Summit of the three leading economies of three continents.
"Our voice on how to manage this crisis in a way that does not jeopardise our development priorities needs to be heard in international councils," Singh said in the presence of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his South African counterpart Kgalema Motlanthe.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for renewed effort, more than ever before, for the reform of institutions of international governance whether it is the UN or the G-8.
Singh also talked about the challenges posed by increase in energy and food prices and the problem of terrorism, saying these "threaten our development effort".
Underlining the importance of IBSA, he said the forum is "uniquely placed" to cooperate in these areas.