New Delhi, March 3, 2017: Current Telecom secretary JS Deepak on Wednesday was announced to serve as India’s next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
His term will start from the month of June, 2017.
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Deepak, a 1982 batch IAS Officer hails from Uttar Pradesh. He is presently attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona and has been shifted with “immediate effect” from the telecom ministry to the commerce department, making him an Officer on special duty, an official said to Indian Express
Amid his prior stretch in the Commerce Ministry, he was India’s chief mediator at the WTO and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) understanding, the uber Free Trade Agreement being consulted by 16 nations.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organization 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.The WTO’s trade facilitation pact in goods came into force on February 22.
As indicated by the official request, Deepak has been delegated the OSD in the Department of Commerce after the legislature updated this post from Director to Secretary. He will be functioning as OSD till May 31 this year, the order of Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said to IndianExpress
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The order additionally named him as India’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation from June 1 till the date of his superannuation which is July 31 next year.
Deepak is credited with effectively leading first ever e-auction of spectrum in 2010 that fetched government over Rs 1.06 lakh crore in 2010, while likewise setting the guide for future closeouts.
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An MBA degree holder from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Deepak has worked as a consultant with The Policy Project, Washington DC, a consortium of US-based Research Triangle Institute and Johns Hopkins University, to develop population and health policies for various countries and states in India.
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