Kamal Nath sells India's growth story at Davos

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New Delhi, Jan 24 (UNI) Recounting a long list of bilateral and multilateral trade and economic agreements India has signed across the world, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath today said the country's international agenda is linked with its growth story as also its increased integration with the world.

The Minister, who accompanied the Indian Prime Minister to China recently, said India is studying the possibilities for a long-term trade and economic cooperation agreement with China, which is emerging as a major trade partner of India.

Likening the slew of trade and economic agreements signed by India with many countries across the world to 'the appetizer stage,' Mr Nath told a select group of global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that ''the main course is yet to come, and I can promise you that it will be even palatable than the hors d'ouvre.'' On multilateral trade, he said India has been actively protecting its trade interests and seeking to open the markets of developed countries through the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

''India's leadership role as a champion of the developing world, especially under the Doha Round, has been recognised at the WTO,'' he added.

He said to facilitate and complement trade flows, India is focusing on integrating rail and road linkages in her extended neighbourhood.

India- Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and Delhi-Hanoi railway are projects which will bring long-term economic benefits, he added.

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