Renewable Energy Dispute: WTO Sets Up Panel To Resolve India-us Row


Renewable Energy Dispute: WTO Sets Up Panel To Resolve India-us Row

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has set up a panel to resolve the dispute raised by India against the US with regard to the policies of eight American states in the renewable energy sector.

India had alleged that the domestic content requirement norms imposed by these eight US states are inconsistent with global trade rules.

As both the countries failed to resolve the issue in the bilateral consultation process, India had sought formation of dispute resolution panel.

“The dispute settlement body of WTO has agreed to establish a panel. It will soon start the hearing, a government official said.

On September 9, 2016, India had requested consultation with the US under the dispute settlement system of WTO regarding alleged domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by these states in the renewable energy sector.

Under the norms of domestic content requirements, it is mandatory upon domestic companies to source a portion of input from local markets’ products.

India had alleged that the measures of those American states are inconsistent with WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures and the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. Read More

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