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Groundbreaking WTO agreement on elimination of agriculture export subsidies

Monday, December 21st 2015 - 07:37 UTC
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This is the “most significant outcome on agriculture” in WTO history because it ends one of the greatest distortions in the market, said WTO Roberto Azevedo This is the “most significant outcome on agriculture” in WTO history because it ends one of the greatest distortions in the market, said WTO Roberto Azevedo

World Trade Organization, or WTO, reached a groundbreaking accord in Kenya on Saturday which obliges developed countries to eliminate subsidies for their agricultural exports as requested by the least developed nations to protect their farmers.

 This is the “most significant outcome on agriculture” in WTO history because it ends one of the greatest distortions in the market, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said with regard to the statement approved at the end of the organization's Ministerial Meeting in Nairobi.

This and other decisions contained in the ministerial statement are intended to promote the Doha Development Round, though developing economies like India, Cuba and Venezuela feared that it didn't go far enough and could have “serious consequences” for those countries.

Providing subsidies for the export of agricultural products by developed countries has curbed their imports of goods from developing economies, for which reason the elimination of this price-cutting financial aid has been one of the WTO's historic demands in order to level the playing field.

According to the agreement adopted on agricultural exports, developing countries must also eliminate their subsidies, but not until 2018, and with some exceptions until 2023.

The WTO Ministerial Meeting ended Saturday in Nairobi after overcoming serious discrepancies that had rich and poor countries at odds to such an extent that the summit had to continue for an extra day.

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  • Brasileiro

    It is an advance that could greatly benefit the food producing countries that do not subsidize their producers.

    The WTO has achieved great victories during the term of Brazilian Roberto Azevedo.

    South America will be the most favored region by that measure.

    Dec 21st, 2015 - 09:58 am 0
  • Briton

    But we thought you wanted nothing from the west,

    Dec 21st, 2015 - 08:08 pm 0
  • Skip

    Will be a massive boon to Australia's agricultural sector.

    As one of the most efficient and least subsidised in the world we are about to become even more competitive.

    And our free trade agreements with countries such as the US, China, Korea and Japan will help us sell even more now that our competitors in both developed and developing countries can't undercut us.

    Dec 21st, 2015 - 09:01 pm 0
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