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JS Deepak named India's next ambassador to WTO

Telecom Secretary J S Deepak was on Wednesday named India's next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year.

A 1982 batch IAS officer from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Deepak, who is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona, has been shifted with "immediate effect" from the telecom ministry and has been made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department, an official order said.

During his earlier stint in the Commerce Ministry, he was India's chief negotiator at the WTO and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the mega Free Trade Agreement being negotiated by 16 countries. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. India has been pushing for a trade facilitation agreement (TFA) in services at WTO which has 164 member countries.
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