Moving on expected lines, the US, on Friday, blocked India’s first-time request for the establishment of a panel to settle a dispute on whether the country complied with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against domestic sourcing of solar cells and modules mandated in its national solar power generation programme.
“The US continued to disagree with India’s claims of compliance and reiterated its right to use WTO procedures for retaliation while also noting it remained open to work with India for a bilateral resolution,” a Geneva-based trade official told BusinessLine.
New Delhi will seek the establishment of a compliance panel again as the WTO rules don’t allow any country to block a second request, a Commerce Ministry official said.
At the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB) meeting on Friday, Canada and the EU supported India’s call for a compliance panel. “While Canada said that India’s proposal was useful and appropriate given the procedural trend …