WTO: Clash over domestic support & market access mandate for MC13

D. Ravi Kanth
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Feb24/07)

The United States and Paraguay, on behalf of the Cairns Group of farm- exporting countries, seemingly clashed with the European Union, Switzerland, and Japan on 6 February over negotiating the mandate on domestic support and market access in agriculture, which is expected to be agreed upon, barring opposition, at the World Trade Organization’s 13th ministerial conference (MC13) beginning in Abu Dhabi in three weeks’ time, said people familiar with the discussions.