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International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council Presents

Agricultural Trade Negotiations: Politics and Prospects

In Conjunction with the 33rd IPC Plenary Meeting

17 May, 2004

9:00 - 18:00

The German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Center
Residence Palace, Salle Polak
155 Rue de la Loi

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. 

For agenda, papers and presentations please click here.

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

Lunch and cocktail reception sponsored by Provimi, Ltd.  For questions please contact the IPC's Brussels Office at ipcbrussels@prmltd.com

 

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