Friday 10 March 2017

Commonwealth trade meet begins

Commonwealth trade meet begins

An inaugural Commonwealth summit focused on stimulating (उत्तेजक) trade within the group kicked off on Thursday in London, as government representatives and business people gathered(एकत्र हुए) to discuss opportunities for growth. The meeting, though planned before last year’s Brexit referendum(जनमत संग्रह) , has acquired new significance as a result of it, as Britain pushes for trade deals beyond the EU borders.The two-day event involves a series of round-table discussions between ministers from over 30 countries and chief executives, followed by a ministerial round-table, which its organisers hope will kick-start further action on strengthening cross-Commonwealth trade, ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the U.K., which is expected to bring together leaders as well as 2,000 businesses from across the group.The Commonwealth leadership is targeting an increase in intra-group trade to $1 trillion by 2020, from $750 billion. Organisers of the trade summit are hopeful that a Commonwealth accord that recognises the benefits of trade within the bloc and provides the framework for potential trade initiatives between groupings within it is achievable(प्राप्त करने योग्य)  in the next couple of years. India is being represented by Commerce Secretary Rita A. Teotia, who took part in panel discussions on the ease of doing business and creating an export economy. Ms. Teotia’s visit will be followed by that of M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, who will be attending the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting next week, also in London. “From today, till the CHOGM summit, the Commonwealth will be an important part of our agenda,” said Deputy High Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik on Thursday. At the event, British Trade Secretary Liam Fox spoke of Britain’s eagerness (उत्सुकता) to forge stronger ties beyond the EU. “Protectionism can be a seductive but a false friend.” 

Speaking at the start of the day, Lord Marland, chair of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, noted the sharp disparity between the population of the Commonwealth (around a third of the world’s population) and its share of trade (around 15%). “That gives great potential,” he said adding that common actors such as language and similarities in legal and regulatory regimes meant that the costs of trade could be on average 19% lower compared to other states. Changing attitudes towards globalisation in other parts of the world added to the opportunities presented to the Commonwealth to stimulate trade within the group, he said.

“When countries protect themselves, it will give short-term benefit to sectors but it can do great harm,” said New Zealand’s Minister for Trade Todd McClay ahead of the discussions. “We need outcomes that help bring us together and make trade freer and fairer and helps our economies grow.”

Definitions of referendum जनमत संग्रह
a general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
He could also claim a legitimacy built on a succession of victories in irreproachably clean popular votes in referendums and multi-party elections.
synonyms: popular vote, vote, public vote, plebiscite, ballot, poll

Definitions of eagerness उत्सुकता
enthusiasm to do or to have something; keenness.
the player showed eagerness to play
synonyms: keenness, enthusiasm, avidity, fervor, zeal, wholeheartedness, earnestness, commitment, dedication, impatience, desire, longing, yearning, hunger, appetite, ambition, yen

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