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5) Present an analysis of why India still defends its “developing country” status at the WTO? Explain this dichotomy in India’s development status.(250 words)

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

5) Present an analysis of why India still defends its “developing country” status at the WTO? Explain this dichotomy in India’s development status.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The article highlights that India might face challenges in the future to its status as a developing country in the multilateral forum of World Trade Organization (WTO).

Key demand of the question:

Explain that India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has made giant strides in recent times in various fields. However, India prefers to be labeled as a developing country.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief explain how and why countries are labeled developing or developed by the WTO.

Body:

Explain why India prefers ‘developing country status’? – countries self-designate themselves as ‘developing country’ to take advantage of

Provisions like Article XVIII of GATT and other special and differential treatment (S&DT) provisions in the WTO agreements.

Discuss the recent developments.

Highlight the Principles proposed by USA on what does not constitute developing country.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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