The United States and India governments now days in talks about settling down a long-running solar power trade dispute, said an Obama administration official.
Three years ago US filed the WTO challenge, claiming that India’s national solar power program illegally discriminated against imported solar panels and domestic solar products.
“The United States initiated this dispute for the purpose of advancing the rapid deployment of clean, affordable energy in India and around the world,” U.S. Trade Representative spokesman Andrew Bates said. “India has now asked to speak with the United States regarding the issue, and in light of ongoing discussions, release of the WTO panel’s report ruling has been temporarily delayed.”
Bates declined to confirm any details, but said the talks were aimed at reaching an out-of-court resolution before any public announcement by the WTO.
The US complaint in 2013 alleged that the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission subsidies were available only if developers used equipment produced in India, violating a key global trade rule.