2020 Cotton Harvesting Year - The Road ahead for the Cotton Negotiations

Geneva, WTO Headquarters

On the occasion of the WTO launch of World Cotton Day, a Ministerial-level session will address the state-of-play of the cotton trade negotiations at the WTO, covering the work undertaken to date, as well as perspectives and opportunities ahead.

Ministers from key producing and trading countries will gather to take stock of the cotton trade negotiations and discuss the way forward and the kind of outcome that can be envisaged on this topic.


15:00 – 15:05

Opening Statement

  • H.E. Mr Ambassador John Ronald Dipchandra (Deep) Ford,
    Chair of the CoA Special Session

15:05 – 15:15

  • Mr Crawford Falconer, Former Chair of the CoA Special Session
    Past experience and perspectives on how to break the impasse in the cotton trade negotiations

15:15 – 15:20

C-4 coordinator

15:20 – 15:25

  • H.E. Mr Anup Wadhawan, Vice-Ministre (Commerce) (India)

15:25 – 15:30

  • H.E. Mr. Xiangchen Zhang, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the WTO (China)

15:30 – 15:35

  • H.E. Mr Gregory Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator (United States)

15:35 – 15:40

  • Mr Paolo Garzotti, Deputy Permanent Representative (European Union)

15:40 – 15:45

  • H.E. Ms Tereza Cristina Corrκa Da Costa Dias
    Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (Brazil)

15:45 – 16:05

Speakers from other C-4 members

16:05 – 16:30

Exchanges with the audience

16:30 – 16:50

Concluding comments by the speakers

16:50 – 17:00

Concluding statement and work ahead

  • H.E. Mr Ambassador John Ronald Dipchandra (Deep) Ford,
    Chair of the CoA Special Session


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