WTO chief seeks to wrap up fish talks as developing countries cry foul



Emma Farge | Reuters

The head of the World Trade Organization on Thursday expressed optimism about clinching a long-awaited deal to stop overfishing, but some developing states criticised the draft agreement, with India calling parts of it “unjust”. 

The virtual conference in Geneva, the first meeting of WTO trade ministers since 2017, aims – after 20 years of talks – to fix rules to curb harmful subsidies that lead to overfishing. The global trade body has not reached a multilateral deal in years and Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who took office in March, said at the start of the conference that it would be a “litmus test” of the WTO’s ability to do so.

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