• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Minister Rushes to Geneva in Effort to Break WTO’s Stalemate

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, will travel to Geneva this weekend in an attempt to give a fillip to the negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over fairer trade rules.

Negotiators from the 180-plus member countries of the organization were unable to achieve the desired progress towards the so-called modalities document and will not be able to meet the April 30 deadline set in December at the Hong Kong Ministerial Summit.

In the case of agriculture, which is considered the "driving force" of the current round of negotiations, the modalities include definitions of the tariff reduction formula, the coverage of lists of products considered sensitive, and the operation of safeguards. The modalities should have been determined by the beginning of 2003.

At an informal gathering on Monday, April 24, with heads of delegations, the director-general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, admitted the failure.

In his speech, published in full on the official site of the WTO, Lamy declared that significant advances had been made but not with the necessary speed to reach an agreement on modalities.

Amorim decided to go to Geneva to meet with several ministers, even if informally. On Saturday, April 29. the Brazilian chancellor will meet with the Indian Minister of Trade, Kamal Nath, with whom he divides the leadership of the G-20.

On Monday, May 1st, he will meet with the coordinator of the Cairns Group, which is formed by 18 countries that export agricultural products, and the Australian minister of Trade, Mark Vaile.

He will also have dinner with the United States Trade Representative, Rob Portman, and Susan Schwab, who has been named to succeed him.

On Tuesday, May 2, Amorim will participate in a meeting of the G-20 and a working lunch with the director-general of the WTO, Lamy.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazilian Indians Win This Round. They Can Stay.

The chief justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court, Carlos Ayres Britto, suspended three repossession ...

Brazil Calls for an End to U.S. Dictatorship over the Internet

The administration of the internet must be made more democratic. This is the Brazilian ...

Reelection Likely: Brazil President Holding Well in Polls

A just-released poll shows that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), ...

For 50 Years Brazil Has Been at the Forefront of Heart Treatment

Heart surgery in Brazil, especially since the 1950’s, has always adopted techniques similar to ...

A World’s First: Brazil’s Ethanol-fueled Power Plant

Brazil inaugurated this week the world’s first ethanol-fueled power plant in the state of ...

1 Million Kids as Young as 5 Working in Brazil

Over a million children in Brazil between the ages of 5 and 13 work, ...

Brazil’s Lula: ‘Gone Are the Days of Dependence on the US’

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reiterated today that employment remains an “obsession” ...

Brazil Enters a New and Cheaper Era of Bonds in Europe

Before the end of this month, Brazil will begin operating on the principal electronic ...

Brazil Exercises Right to Remain Silent on Uruguay-Argentina Brawl

Brazil does not intend to get involved in the dispute between Argentina and Uruguay ...

Brazilians Learn How to Read and Write the Cuban Way

A pioneer experience in education, held in three municipalities of the state of PiauÀ­, ...