India urges permanent solution on public food stocks at WTO meeting

By Thomson Reuters Feb 26, 2024 | 3:46 AM

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – India’s trade minister on Monday called for a permanent solution on rules for government policies regarding food stocks, saying that this was needed to cut global hunger by 2030, as a major World Trade Organization meeting began in Abu Dhabi.

“Finding a permanent solution on public stockholding remains an unaccomplished agenda on which we have to deliver,” Piyush Goyal said in a recorded statement posted on the WTO website, referring to the ministerial meeting.

He also said the global trade watchdog should not negotiate on non-trade issues such as climate change, gender or labour.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Bernadette Baum)