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Agriculture after Cancun

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Microsoft Word - TEP Agriculture after Cancun_revised.doc Agriculture After Cancún Trinity Economic Paper No. 17, 2003 Alan Matthews* (This revised version of the paper completed 11 March 2004 replaces the earlier version dated 5 December 2003). *Alan Matthews is Jean Monnet Professor of European Agricultural Policy Trinity College Dublin. Correspondence to [email protected] 1 I. Introduction WTO Members met for the Fifth Ministerial Conference at Cancún in September 2003 to undertake a mid-term review of the Doha round of trade negotiations. Agriculture is a key element of these negotiations as mandated in the Declaration launching the Doha Round: “Building on the work carried out to date and without prejudging the outcome of the negotiations we commit ourselves to comprehensive negotiations aimed at: substantial improvements in market access; reductions of, with a view to phasing out, all forms of export subsidies; and substantial reductions in trade- distorting domestic support. We agree that special and differential treatment for developing countries shall be an integral part of all elements of the negotiations and shall be embodied in the Schedules of concessions and commitments and as appropriate in the rules and disciplines to be negotiated, so as to be operationally effective and to enable developing countries to effectively take account of their development needs, including food security and rural development. We take note of the non-trade concerns reflected in the negotiating proposals submitted by Members and confirm that non-trade concerns will be taken into account in the negotiations as provided for in the Agreement on Agriculture.” (WTO, 2001). The failure of the Cancún Ministerial to reach agreement on a framework text on negotiating modalities for the market access agenda and on the extent of new rule- making left the agricultural negot

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