TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (June 07/25)
27 June 2007
is a report of the press conference by USTR Susan Schwab held in
Schwab implies support for a Lamy text
United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab indicated today she
that would support a text for the
was speaking at a press conference at the WTO on Friday afternoon after
the failed G4 talks in
Asked by a journalist if she would support a "Lamy text", the USTR said: "If the DG wants to move a text, fine. We are working with the Chairs of agriculture, NAMA and other groups."
Asked further whether Lamy should do a text since the Uruguay Round draft of a former Director General, Arthur Dunkel, had "tanked", and when Lamy should produce his text, Schwab said: "I leave it to the DG on the timing of the text, if any. We are working with the Chairs of agriculture and NAMA. Is it time for a draft? We need the dust to settle."
While it has floating around for many months, the question of whether Lamy is planning to produce his own draft of a Doha agreement has become a matter of greater speculation since the collapse of the G4 talks on Thursday, and the prospects that WTO members can come up with a modalities agreement by the end of July have become more dim.
Late Friday afternoon, an informal meeting of the WTO's Trade Negotiations Committee was held to assess the current situation.
the "blame game" regarding the collapse of the G4 talks intensified,
with the action shifting to
At noon, the Brazilian Foreign Minister held a press briefing (See separate article). In the afternoon, Schwab and US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns spoke to the press.
said it was not fair to imply that some countries (referring to the
said: "We discovered
repeated what she had said at her
said that other developing countries could only grow if they had access
to the markets of emerging economies like
the expiry of US President's fast track authority at the end of this
month, the USTR said that it does not change anything where the