Last month the United States triggered a new round of litigation at the WTO, arguing that India had failed to abide by a ruling that it had illegally discriminated against foreign suppliers of solar cells and modules.
A mini-ministerial meeting of trade ministers of some developed and developing countries is proposed to be hosted by India in February.
The 11th WTO meet collapsed last week in Buenos Aires, ending without any ministerial declaration or any substantive outcome with the US going back on its commitment to find a permanent solution to the public food stockholding issue, leaving India and other developing nations disappointed.
The proposed meeting would be in the the backdrop of developed nations forming groupings to prepare ground for pushing investment facilitation, preparing rules for e- commerce, promoting gender equality and reducing subsidy on fisheries with a view to curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
As the US refused to engage, the 164-member World Trade Organisation (WTO) failed to reach a common ground for resolving the food security issue, a demand raised prominently by India.
Prabhu met Lighthizer at the initiative of Argentinean minister Susana Malcorra, who is also the chair of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference, official sources said.
India's attempts to find a permanent solution to the food stockpile issue at the 11th edition of the ministerial conference (MC11), has hit a roadblock as the US refused to engage, threatening a successful conclusion of the four-day conference.
Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu told a press conference that the special and differential treatment was an integral part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and was meant for nations with low per capital income.
India has been maintaining that permanent solution to food stockpile issue was a "must have" at the ongoing ministerial.
Special and differential treatment is an integral part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the ground reality that some countries have low per capita income cannot be ignored, Prabhu said at a press meet.
Delegates of the 164-member body were instead discussing an "interim" deal, but remained divided on whether such a temporary agreement should contain exemptions for certain countries while negotiations for a final deal went ahead, Rockwell said.
In his 3-minute address at the plenary session of the 11th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) here, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu urged the member countries to reaffirm their commitment to a rule- based multilateral trading system as it would benefit the entire world.
India is being represented at the meeting, which began on Sunday, by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu who will be pushing for a permanent solution to the public food stock-holding issue which is crucial for operating the food security programme.
"Our entire team will be travelling to Buenos Aires tomorrow...We feel that concerns of developing countries should be promoted," he said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the function to release the Mid-Term Review of the Foreign Trade Policy.
Roberto Azevedo told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that although Britain would be better off with an agreement, the impact of falling back on WTO rules would be "manageable".
India asked these countries to stick to the 1998 electronic commerce work programme which was supported by a large number of developing countries.
In 2015, India had lost a case at the World Trade Organisation when the body ruled that India's ban on import of poultry meat, eggs and live pigs from the US was "inconsistent" with the international norms.
The rapid acceleration was due to last year's low base, a resurgence of Asian trade flows and recovering North American import demand. The pace will moderate next year and is estimated at 3.2 percent, within a range of 1.4-4.4 percent, the WTO said.
"My view is that from September there will be hectic parleys on issues which are already mandated by the ministerial, one of which is finding permanent solution for public stockholding," the minister told PTI in an interview.
Matters pertaining to the upcoming WTO conference in Argentina, fisheries subsidies and a solution for public stock-holding for food security purposes will be disscussed.
India has fallen behind other Asian nations such as Vietnam, Bangladesh or China because it has a sceptical approach towards GM adoption
The WTO's director-general did not implicate any countries by name behind such policies, even though he was asked about the effects US President Donald Trump's "America First" stance could have on the global trading system.
By formally "requesting consultations" with the three countries, the first step in a trade dispute, Qatar triggered a 60 day deadline for them to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions.
The issue was raised by the minister during her meeting with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo at Geneva.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the proposal has been discussed at the relevant services bodies of the WTO.