|July 2, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is making
steady progress towards its goals of ending food export subsidies
and a compromise on the extent of future non-emergency food aid, reported
Tim Groser, chair of the WTO Agriculture Negotiating Group, to the
WTO trade negotiations committee.
The talks which began at the 2001 Doha ministerial in Qatar have
been notorious for the contention they have caused between developed
and developing nations. Up to now most negotiation sessions have
ended in either deadlock or with little real progress made.
Steady progress is being made at the World Trade Organisation’s
(WTO) Doha Development Round talks on agriculture liberalization,
their chairman Tim Groser has told the WTO trade negotiations committee.
Participating Geneva diplomats have told just-food.com that all
parties are moving towards a deal on a deadline for ending food
export subsidies and a compromise on the extent of future non-emergency
Groser also identified movement towards common views on cuts to
trade disrupting production subsidies, (in the WTO’s so-called
amber and blue boxes), as well as tighter definitions of ‘green
box’ subsidies, allowed because they supposedly do not encourage
production. His report followed three days of consultations in Geneva.