The Swadeshi Jagran Foundation, affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has called for an end to the temporary moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In a letter to WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the organization also said the circulated text on waiving certain aspects of the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS ) is “far from being useful for the purposes consecrated by India”. -Proposal of South Africa” and poses many conditions.

“The proposal to destroy vaccines produced when the waiver period expires is a cruel joke on humanity,” the organization said in a letter to the DG on Sunday, the first day of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference. in Geneva.

He also said that it is unfortunate that the proposal on the table is limited to the TRIPS waiver for the vaccine only and that, also, limited to the import and export of the vaccine and that too with technical details deliberately designed to deny the implementation of the TRIPS waiver even for vaccines.

Urge the DG to use his “good offices” to ensure that the waiver is extended to drugs, therapeutics, diagnostics, disposables and all types of equipment as well as vaccines used in the treatment of Covid-19.

On the issue of the e-commerce moratorium, he said it was against the interests of developing countries in general and India in particular.

“This not only has an impact on job creation in the electronics sector, but also on revenue generation,” the foundation said, adding that the growing trend of digitizing more products , especially the growing percentage of 3D printing of manufactured goods, shows further losses in tariff revenue.

He also opposed the suggestion by developed countries to grant an exemption for low-income, resource-poor or subsistence fishing or fishing-related activities in developing countries operating within 12 nautical miles. , with a five-year limit for fishing in the exclusive economic zone.

On the issue of food security, the foundation said: “There is no justification for authorizing more than $300 billion in subsidies by the United States and opposing the meager subsidies given by the Indian government for human food security”.

He said that with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, finding a permanent solution to the problem should be a priority for everyone in MC12.

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