Senior negotiators met at the WTO Committee on Agriculture Special Sessions in Geneva on Thursday 17 November to further discuss options for agricultural trade reform.
Following on from fruitful discussions at the Cairns Group Farm Leaders’ seminar, a successful meeting of farm leaders and trade negotiators as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Cairns Group, delegates had the opportunity to hear Dr Joseph Glauber present his paper Unfinished Business in Agricultural Trade Liberalisation.
Dr Glauber has lead a distinguished career as an expert agricultural trade negotiator. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and former chief economist of the US Department of Agriculture. He played a significant role in the Uruguay Round and from May 2007 to January 2009 served as the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the US Trade Representative.
At the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December 2015, WTO Members made important progress on agricultural trade reform by agreeing to strengthen reporting transparency and discipline and eliminate export subsidies.
Yet there is room for continued improvement. Unfinished Business discusses unresolved issues in agricultural negotiations and proposes strategies for addressing discipline in domestic support and increasing market access. These recommendations come at an important time for the Cairns Group as we approach MC11 and continue to press forward with much-needed agricultural trade reform.