Tuesday, June 27th

THE CLIMATE FOR TRADE
LIBERALIZATION, POST-SEATTLE
An IPC OPEN SEMINAR

8:30 - 10:00    IPC Session One: The Prospects for Agricultural Policy Reform

The first session will assess the state of support for free trade in agriculture from the perspective
of countries which historically have benefited a great deal from free trade. Speakers from the
United States, Europe and Australia will address the future of the WTO talks.

11:00 - 12:30  IPC Session Two: Involving a Wider Set of Trading Interests

Speakers from Brazil, Zimbabwe and China will review their countries’ aspirations with regards
to agricultural trade liberalization and what they hope to gain. Discussions will focus on the
prospects for greater involvement by these countries in the international trading system, the
challenges posed by regional trading agreements, and the future of preferential arrangements.

2:00 - 3:15     IPC Session Three: The New Trade Agenda —
                   Environmental Concerns and Rural Sustainability

Many countries contend that agriculture is “special” because of its role as a guardian of rural
lifestyles, environments and economies. What is the proper way of coping with these concerns,
and are trade-distorting measures an appropriate means of achieving these goals? This session
will assess the differing views of the need to incorporate environmental and other such concerns
into the trade talks. Discussions will focus on which international bodies—the WTO or others—
should have responsibility for regulating the interactions between trade, the environment and
rural development issues.

4:00 - 5:30     IPC Session Four: The New Trade Agenda — Food Safety
                   and New Technologies

Incidences such as BSE in Europe and developments such as biotechnology are raising the
interest of consumers in the quality of the food chain and the regulations designed to protect it.
Discussions in the fourth IPC session will address how the international trading system can
and should cope with these changes in demand.

For the complete agenda of the IAMA World Food and Agribusiness Conference, click here

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