While the Government slumbers through spring break, President Obama:
(…) bypass(ed) a vacationing senate to make recess appointments of 15 nominees, including an Indian American; agricultural scientist (Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui,) as chief agricultural negotiator in trade talks. (Economic Times, March 28, 2010)
Dr. Siddiqui, a graduate from Uttar Pradesh Agricultural University in Pantnagar, is a known rotating player of agribusiness industry, having sometimes served simultaneously as chemical boss, pesticide lobbyist, and government advisor and negotiator.
Siddiqui, named Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative, is currently vice president for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, where he is responsible for regulatory and international trade issues related to crop protection chemicals. (Economic Times, March 28, 2010)
(…) From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Siddiqui served as the Clinton Administration at U.S. Department of Agriculture as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Siddiqui served on the US Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Health/Science Products & Services, which advises the US Secretary of Commerce and USTR on international trade issues related to these sectors. (The Hindu, March 28, 2010)
The Hindustan Times reports that Dr. Siddiqui will be expected:
(…) to play a central role in the stalled negotiations over the Doha talks under the ambit of the World Trade Organisation (WTO),
(…) The Doha Round has been contentious with differences on agriculture not being bridged between the US and countries like India and China.
The Hindustan also points out two-sided opposition to the President’s special recess appointments:
(…) Siddiqui’s appointment is likely to face criticism not only from Republicans, but also the ecological groups who have labelled him “Monsanto Man”, referring to his history as a man who lobbied for the agribusiness industry. (Hindustan Times, March 29, 2010)
Civil Eats has a complete report here: (Civil Eats, March 29, 2010)