Chairperson’s working documents November 2007–January 2008
Updated: 4 January 2008
Ambassador Crawford Falconer, chairperson of the agriculture negotiations, sent members eight new working documents — on market access — on 4 January 2008, bringing the total since November to 16. After the chairperson circulated his revised draft “modalities” paper in July and August, the talks entered their most intensive phase so far. The working documents reflect the progress made. They are designed to focus the discussions and help the chairperson prepare the next revised draft “modalities” paper.
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The working documents
Market access (January 2008)
Domestic support (December 2007)
Export competition (November 2007)
4. Main provisions,
12 November 2007
A fourth working paper dealing with export competition, this time focusing on the main provisions on export subsidies and competition in the July-August 2007 revised draft modalities.
> Download: 2 pages in Word (33KB), pdf 24KB)
1-3. Export finance, 6 November 2007
The three working papers deal with export finance (credit, credit guarantees and insurance), state trading enterprises and food aid. They are draft legal texts, further revisions to annexes D, E and F of the July-August 2007 revised draft modalities. The three were circulated in a single file.
> Download: 9 pages in Word (103KB), pdf (57KB)
How are these issues being negotiated?
In this phase of the
negotiations, the hard talking takes place in meetings of
37 representative delegations, a more manageable size than
sessions of the full membership. The process is controlled
by meetings of the full membership and is chaired by the
talks’ chairperson, Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New
Zealand. The 37 meet in Room E at the WTO and the sessions
are sometimes called “Room E” meetings. All coalitions are
represented to ensure the talks are inclusive and
The 37 are (from January 2008):
Argentina (Cairns Group, G-20), Australia (Cairns Group coordinator), Benin (Cotton-4, African Group, least-developed, Africa-Caribbean-Pacific), Brazil (G-20 coordinator, also Cairns), Canada (Cairns), Chad (Cotton-4 coordinator, also African Group, least-developed, ACP), China (G-33, G-20, recent new member), Colombia (Cairns, tropical products group), Costa Rica (tropical products coordinator, also Cairns), Côte d’Ivoire (African Group coordinator, also ACP), Cuba (G-33, small and vulnerable economies), Dominican Republic (small-vulnerable economies coordinator, also G-33), Ecuador (tropical products, recent new member), Egypt (G-20, African Group), EU, India (G-33, G-20), Indonesia (G-33 coordinator, also G-20, Cairns), Jamaica (ACP coordinator, also G-33, small-vulnerable), Japan (G-10), Kenya (G-33, African, ACP), Rep. Korea (G-33, G-10), Lesotho (least-developed countries coordinator, also African Group, ACP), Mauritius (G-33, ACP, African), Malaysia (Cairns), Mexico (G-20), New Zealand (Cairns), Norway (G-10), Pakistan (Cairns, G-20, G-33), Paraguay (Cairns, G-20, tropical products, small-vulnerable), Philippines (G-33, G-20, Cairns), Switzerland (G-10 coordinator), Chinese Taipei (recent new members coordinator, also G–10), Thailand (Cairns, G-20), Turkey (G-33), Uruguay (Cairns, G-20), US, Venezuela (G-33, G-20).
(Previously, during 2007: Lesotho as least developed countries coordinator; Panama as recent new members coordinator; Uganda as African Group coordinator.)