Australian Minister for Trade, Warren Truss, has welcomed the release overnight, of draft negotiating texts for World trade Organization Doha Round trade talks by the chairs of the negotiating groups on market access. His perspective on the negotiations offers hope that the talks may continue. He outlined both his optimism for the talks and his concerns for Australian farmers over the weekend.
"These texts in agriculture and industrial tariffs make up an important attempt to move the
"This follows the breakdown of discussions between the G4 (
"While not underestimating the challenges that lie ahead,
"My initial impression is that these documents provide a solid basis for moving discussions forward in the coming months, a process in which
"That said, the texts contain elements we do not support, such as some of what is being proposed on industrial tariff cuts and state trading enterprises," he adds.
Truss notes that the agriculture text also still needs work in the key area of agricultural market access so that his country can be sure there will be new trade opportunities for Australian farmers.
"The bottom line for
Truss said there will be an initial discussion of the agriculture exporters, in
SOURCE: Rural Press national rural news, updated daily by FarmOnline.