Commerce and industries minister Kamal Nath has said
that ASEAN should address Indian sensitivities in the
ongoing negotiations for the free trade agreement within
the regional trading bloc.
was speaking on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas conclave in New Delhi, ahead of the PM''s trip
to the Philippines for the ASEAN summit due to be held
in the resort island of Cebu from 10 January to 15 January.
will be in the Philippines before the PM''s arrival to
attempt a consensus with ASEAN on the disputative issue
of the ''negative list''. India has offered to reduce
its negative list of imports from 563 to 490.
countries like Vietnam and Indonesia have asked for
a greater market access for agricultural commodities
like palm oil and pepper.
stated that India was negotiating to conclude a new
trade agreement with Mauritius. in the next few months.