New Delhi: Industry chamber FICCI on Sunday expressed disappointment over the lack of concrete progress on the Doha Development Round at the just-concluded WTO conference in Geneva and requested global trade ministers to step up their to break the deadlock.

"It is disconcerting that the eighth Ministerial Conference was not successful in giving direction on the way forward so far as the Doha talks are concerned," said FICCI President-Elect R V Kanoria in a statement.

"We call upon the ministers to step up their efforts to break the deadlock so that we could move closer to realizing the significant potential of the Doha development round," he said.

However, while moving the Doha talks forward, it is necessary to ensure that the approach or methods remain multilateral in nature and they lead to a multilateral outcome in line with the Doha mandate, he added.

Referring to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy's decision to convene a multi-stakeholders' panel to study the present and future trade situation, FICCI suggested it would be useful to include business representatives from developing countries to ensure that the panel is "representative" and effective.

Trade ministers ended a three-day World Trade Organisation meeting in Geneva yesterday with no new direction in sight for the deadlocked Doha Round of negotiations on a global free trade pact.

Launched a decade ago in the Qatari capital, the Doha Round of negotiations have made no headway since, with developing and developed countries refusing to budge from their entrenched positions on farm subsidies and industrial tariffs.

(Agencies)