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WTO Trade Talks Going Slowly

WTO Trade Talks Going Slowly

Still no progress in Geneva.

The latest Doha round of talks among agriculture negotiators has been concluded and according to WTO agriculture negotiations chairperson David Walker over the past 10 days delegations have provided no new input to revise the 2008 draft modalities. However, Walker told the full membership that he understands that negotiators were continuing to work among themselves in order to make progress.

With one final round of talks planned in April before the Easter target for revised draft texts, Ambassador Walker urged negotiators to make "problem-solving" progress. He said he will continue to work with Geneva-based delegates before reconvening talks starting on April 4.

Late last November, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy challenged the Trade Negotiations Committee to develop revised texts in all areas of the negotiation so they appear towards the end of the first quarter of 2011, but Walker says there are none yet.

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