Focus on India
A weekly update issued by Focus on the Global South India from 21st November 2005 till the end of the Sixth WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong from Dec. 13th to 18th, 2005
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The latter half of 2005 appears to be a challenging one. The transition period at 2 of the most powerful global institutions has predictably been one of manipulation and power play. <p.The World Bank saw the exit of James Wolfensohn and the entry of Paul Wolfowitz - a move likely to result in little change in the Bank's focus. The statement on the end of the Wolfensohn era underlines the fact that despite some savvy PR exercises the Bank demonstrated an unshakeable commitment to its core ideology of pushing privatisation, liberalisation and de-regulation on developing countries. The open letter serves a warning to Paul Wolfowitz that his tenure will be closely watched by hundreds of groups across the world.
March was an eventful month. The Government of India hosted a ministerial meeting of the G 20 countries in New Delhi on 18-19th. Representatives of Indian movements and peoples organisations met in New Delhi on the 15th and passed a resolution regarding the WTO' Agreement on Agriculture and allied issues. The meeting demanded the G 20 countries reject the WTO AOA framework for agriculture, stand for the peasants of the south and confront the agribusiness interests of the north. A day before the Ministerial, as Trade Ambassadors gathered in the posh Maurya Sheraton, over 30000 farmers marched in the streets of Delhi and gave a clear message to Indian governmentto pursue a more farmer friendly agriculture policy and reject the WTO agreements. The rally was organised under the aegis of the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement, which includes groups such as the Bharatiya Kisan Union and Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha.
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