TRADE: "Poor Countries Have Already Given Enough in Doha Round" - IPS ipsnews.net - 5 views
The EU, for example, said there is "asymmetry" in what they are going to provide in agriculture and what they are going to receive in industrial goods and services as part of the Doha commitments.
U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk maintained that the emerging countries bear the responsibility to conclude the Doha trade negotiations. He said the U.S. faces high unemployment, which requires real market access to big emerging developing countries.
Despite a clear mandate on cotton, which needs to be addressed "ambitiously," "expeditiously," and "specifically" according to July 2004 framework agreement and the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration of 2005, there is no progress because the U.S. wants to address this issue only after there is an agreement in all other areas.
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"It is difficult to believe that countries which managed to get a range of exceptions in agricultural market access want the developing countries to offer more on industrial goods and services," Davies said, arguing that those who are asking for more should also pay more in areas of interest to South Africa and other African countries