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Job visa plea

New Delhi, June 26: India has made a strong case for starting negotiations for a more liberal visa regime at the WTO conference in Cancun, Mexico, slated for September, in order to facilitate the cross-border movement of professionals, reports our special correspondent.

Commerce minister Arun Jaitley is reported to have emphasised at the recent WTO ministerial conference in Cairo that discussions on “mode 4” that deals with the cross-border movement of professionals is very important for India.

He sought the support of both the developed and developing countries on this issue in the run-up to Cancun. Jaitley said India was looking for sector-specific commitments and support for the removal of barriers such as economic needs tests. He lamented the procedural difficulties associated with visas and work permits and non-recognition of qualifications.

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