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India to stay out of WTO e-commerce talks over digital tax concerns

India to stay out of WTO e-commerce talks over digital tax concerns
Highlights

India has decided to stay out of the World Trade Organization WTO talks on ecommerce which is to be held in the month of March due to the concerns over unfair market access to foreign players

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India won’t be participating in the e-commerce discussions with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • India’s released own draft e-commerce policy to help strengthen the opposition against the WTO’s e-commerce rules
  • India is disturbed about the proposed custom duties of electronic transmissions

India has decided to stay out of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks on e-commerce which is to be held in the month of March due to the concerns over unfair market access to foreign players.

On Saturday, India has also drafted its own e-commerce policy, the proposed custom duties on electronic transmissions are what mainly bothering.

A commerce department official said, “WTO rules come into effect for all 164 members and need to be ratified by each, but for the first time a major decision has been taken without complete consensus among member nations. We will not encourage a multilateral platform to run, based on the interests of a few nations. Our policy will deal with concerns such as cross-border data flow.”

Most global e-commerce players haven’t been too fine about the fact that India is a ‘strategic market’ for them.

India asserts the new rules put forward by the WTO could offer unfair market access to foreign companies. Something they’ve been working hard to deter despite opening the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) pipelines.

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