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WTO retains India's Harsh Singh as WTO Deputy-DG

india Updated: May 28, 2009 00:03 IST

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WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has retained India's Harsha Vardhana Singh among his four deputies to help him in the Doha Round of negotiations on opening up world trade among 153-nations.

Lamy, who will start his second mandate at the helm of the WTO on September 1 has informed the General Council that he has decided to retain Alejandro Jara of Chile, Valentine Rugwabiza of Rwanda, Harsha Singh of India and Rufus Yerxa of the US in their positions as Deputy Director-General, according to an information available on the WTO website.

Their terms of office would begin on 1 October, it said.

"...As we prepare to move into the last miles in the Doha Round, I believe I must privilege experience and safeguard continuity. I look forward to working with my team and with members in the months and years to come, Lamy said.

On Tuesday, the WTO said it is awaiting nomination of India's Commerce Minister for making headways towards reaching a global trade agreement under Doha Round of negotiations.

"We... Have seen elections in India and are awaiting the nomination of the Commerce Minister," Lamy has said in his report to the General Council of the 153-member multilateral trade body.

Harsha V Singh has served as the Secretary-cum-Principal Advisor of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).