WTO unveils new rule for simplifying services trade, India stays out.

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Economy, Topic: Trade and External sector, Issue: WTO MC 13

Context: The 13th Ministerial Conference (MCA 13) of the World Trade Organization announced new rules to streamline the international trade in services.


  • Aim: To simplify procedures, make authorization processes more transparent and accessible.
    • promote equal opportunities for service suppliers world wide.
  • India is not a party to the agreement.
  • Dialogue on Plastic Pollution: To reduce plastics pollution and promote environmentally sustainable trade in plastics.

Fact: India is the fifth-highest generator of plastic waste in the world.

WTO’s Ministerial Conference:

●       It is the highest decision-making body of the WTO

●       The 13th Ministerial Conference is underway in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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