WTO Ag Discussions SlowMon, 24 Jan 2011 17:03:09 CST
World Trade Organization negotiators spent their first week back in discussions that could only be termed as - improved. Most constructive consultations were focused on technical issues, with little discussion on issues of substance. WTO Agriculture negotiations chairperson David Walker of New Zealand, says he expects to hold more intensive talks in February and is urging negotiators to - use every day available - to focus on solving remaining problems.
Some negotiators had asked him for a more detailed program of work in the effort to produce near-final revised draft of "modalities" by the end of March and concluding the Doha Round as a whole by the end of the year. But, Chairperson Walker said he would wait until after the informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on February 2 before elaborating further on possible activities for the next agriculture meeting.
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