Azevêdo says WTO must address ag to move Doha round
The World Trade Organization must take up agriculture issues if the Doha round is to move forward to conclusion, World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo said this week in Washington.
“The large majority of members have been pointing out that any multilateral engagement will require outcomes in agriculture,” Azevêdo said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Monday.
“And if agriculture comes into discussion, then so will the other two legs of the tripod: industrial goods and services. And I am confident that we can tackle them in a way which will provide meaningful outcomes.”
“If we can figure out solutions for agriculture, industrial goods and services, then we’ll have the momentum and political will to complete the round — the other issues will fall into place much more easily,” he added. “Conversely, if we can’t find a solution on the big issues, any progress elsewhere will be limited.” F
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