The draft texts released today by the chairs of the
Agriculture and NAMA negotiating groups are, as expected, wide-ranging and
complex. We thank the chairmen, Crawford Falconer and Don Stephenson, for
their thoughtful work. Both of the texts will demand close analysis as we
develop a comprehensive U.S. reaction.
During this period we will continue to work closely with
Congress and our key domestic stakeholders. We look forward to next
week’s work in Geneva, when we will exchange with our trading
partners initial reactions to the texts and discuss how to take the
forward into the fall.
It is important to note that the Chairs’ issuance of draft
this stage is a single step in a longer term process aimed at
establishing “modalities” -- the detailed negotiating framework needed
agricultural and non-agricultural market access in order for
negotiations to enter
their final stage.
Both chairs have indicated that revisions of these drafts
follow, based upon Members’ comments and consultations.
It is also important to note that Agriculture and NAMA are
pillars of the negotiation. The United States
to press for an ambitious result for the third pillar, Services,
is essential in order to reach a successful conclusion to the Doha
States will participate
constructively in the upcoming consultations and negotiations over
Agriculture and NAMA texts, with the aim of ensuring that the revised texts
define a clear path for an ambitious and balanced result that generates
growth and development through new trade flows and new market