The Financial Express, 24th May 2003

The Consumer Unity & Trust Society secretary general Pradeep S Mehta has been appointed as a member of the informal NGO advisory body by the WTO director-general Suppachai Panitchpakdi. Twelve members from around the globe constitute this body, a CUTS statement said. The first meeting of the advisory body is to be held in Geneva on June 15. One of the key functions of the advisory body is to add structure to the dialogue between the WTO and its stakeholders.

Comment Received:

“Please accept our hearty congratulations on your elavation and appointment as member of the informal NGO Advisory Body of WTO by its Director General, Shri Supachai Panitchpakdi. All of us were extremely happy to hear the news. We all celebrated the occasion in a grand style. We are extremely happy to know that, atlast WTO has come forward to recognise the meritorious contributions/services rendered by you through your organisation to the world body. In effect it amounts to a world recognition to Indian Consumer Movement. We are sure, our friends from African and Asian countries will welcome this with great happiness. We wish that GOI also will appreciate this appointment. We the members of Kerala Consumer Service Society at Cochin hereby extend to you all our support in leading WTO to a great success.”

Dr.T. Balachandran
President, Kerala Consumer Service Society
Prathiba, Asoka Road,Cochin-682017