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International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council Seminar

 

Agricultural Trade Negotiations: Politics and Prospects

In Conjunction with the 33rd IPC Plenary Meeting


17 May 2004

Brussels, Belgium


The agricultural negotiations have been one of the most contentious areas in the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.  After the collapse of the Ministerial Meeting in Cancun in September 2003, negotiators in Geneva and officials in capitals pushed to get the Round back on track and and find a framework for the agricultural negotiations by the end of summer 2004.  The political environment in national capitals plays an important role in determining the shape of negotiating frameworks and in giving negotiators a mandate for further reform.

At the same time, disputes resolution panels at the WTO are considering cases on issues related to cotton, wheat and sugar policies.  The opinions of these panels are expected to be issued soon and their outcomes could have an important effect on the political environment, the policy environment and the negotiating objectives of the instigating and target countries.

The IPC's seminar, Agricultural Trade Negotiations: Politics and Prospects, addressed the political realities of domestic politics in the United States, the European Union, the Cairns Group countries, and the African countries, among others; and analyzed the potential implications of the outcomes of the Cotton, Canadian Wheat Board and Sugar Panels. 

News Release: Former WTO General Council Chair, Carlos Perez de Castillo, Sees Real Possibility of Progress in Agriculture by July

Agenda

Proceedings

Agenda

9:00 - 9:10

Welcoming Remarks

Piet Bukman, IPC Vice Chairman; Former Minister of Agriculture, of Development Cooperation and of Trade, The Netherlands

10:00 - 10:45 Setting the Stage

The Honorable Carlos Perez del Castillo, Former Chairman, General Council and Ambassador of Uruguay to the World Trade Organization

11:00 - 13:00 The Politics of Trade

Chairman: Robert Thompson, IPC Chairman and Former Director of Rural Development, World Bank

United States: Joe O'Mara, Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Uruguay Round, United States
Cairns Group: Brian Chamberlin, Special Trade Ambassador, Uruguay Round, New Zealand
Group of Twenty: Paulo Estivallet de Mesquita, Counsellor, Brazilian Mission to the WTO
Group of Ten: Jiro Shiwaku, Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Uruguay Round, Japan
--Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint version/Microsoft Word version
Africa Group: Ajay Vashee, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Producers, Zambia
European Union: Guy Legras, Former Director General, Agriculture, European Commission, France 
European Union, New Member State: Jerzy Plewa, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Poland 
-- Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint version /Microsoft Word version

13:00 - 14:30 Luncheon Speech: The Domestic Politics of Trade - A US Farmer's View
Ron Heck, President, American Soybean Association, United States
-- Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint Version/Microsoft Word Version
14:30 - 17:30 After the Peace: The impact of pending trade panels on the political environment, the policy environment and the negotiating objectives of instigating and target countries.

Chairman:Timothy Josling, Professor, Food Research Institue, Stanford University

The Cotton Panel:
Pedro de Camargo
, Former Secretary of Production and Trade, Brazil
--Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint Version/Microsoft Word Version
Mark Lange, President, Cotton Council of America, United States
--Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint Version/Microsoft Word Version
--Statement

Ibrahim Maloum, President, African Cotton Association, Chad

The Canadian Wheat Board Panel:
Mike Gifford
, Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Uruguay Round, Canada
Neal Fisher, Administrator, North Dakota Wheat Commission, United States
--Statement

The Sugar Panel:
Simon Harris
, Former Director of Corporate Affairs, British Sugar, United Kingdom
--Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint Version/Microsoft Word Version
Jorge Zorreguieta, President, Argentine Sugar Growers Association, Argentina
Marc Painsmaye, President, Committee of Industrial Sugar Users, Belgium
--Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint Version/Microsoft Word Version

17:30 - 18:00 Closing Observations and Conclusions
Chairman: Robert L. Thompson, IPC Chairman
Pedro de Camargo
,
Former Secretary of Production and Trade, Brazil
Raul Montemayor, President, Federation of Free Farmers' Cooperatives, The Philippines
Piet Bukman, Vice Chairman, International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC)

Lunch and cocktail reception sponsored by Provimi, Ltd.

**The IPC would like thank Fonterra, Euroa Farms, Ltd., Provimi and Wrightsons for their support of the seminar.

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