Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


WTO Agriculture Negotiations Must Continue

For Immediate Release
2 April, 2003


The Global Dairy Alliance today expressed its disappointment at the failure of the agriculture negotiations in Geneva to agree on the modalities for the WTO agricultural negotiations.

The Alliance represents dairy exporters in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Its objective is to promote trade liberalisation in the WTO Doha Development Round.

For the Alliance, key components of the Round for dairy products are

* The elimination of export subsidies

* Significant increases in market access

* Substantial reductions in domestic support

The failure to reach agreement in Geneva is a major blow to efforts to liberalise the highly distorted trade in dairy products. It is essential that present barriers are removed or significantly improved. This will be to the benefit of unsubsidised exporters and to consumers worldwide. Major developed countries have a crucial role to play in the reform process.

While the inability of the major participants to agree on modalities will delay the negotiating process for trade liberalisation within the Round, it is vital that continued efforts should be made to reach agreement prior to the Ministerial meeting in Cancun in September.

The Alliance strongly supports the continuation of the process in Geneva and encourages all participants to apply themselves to reach agreement.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>


Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news