World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy met with leading commodity groups Monday to hear concerns about the current round of trade negotiations. Leaders continued to emphasize that the groups feel the
National Corn Growers Association Chairman Leon Corzine says, "Our support for a 60% reduction in amber box programs is contingent on market access. Without that, we cannot support the proposed cuts. Our message to the Director-General was that market access is not important, it is essential to the success of the talks.bCrLf
Agriculture negotiators have been under considerable pressure to cut more than 60% in amber box subsidies, which was offered in the
Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab stated that the existing offer in the agriculture negotiations of the Doha Round is conditional and could be improved or scaled back depending on trading partners' willingness to make new concessions.
Schwab made it clear that trading partners would have to improve their market access offers for a successful outcome of the Doha Round. She emphasized that their current proposals are not offering enough to justify keeping the