Moroccan minister attends preparatory meeting of WTO ministerial conference
Morocco, Politics, 10/28/1999
Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade and Handicraft Alami Tazi took part last Monday and Tuesday in an informal preparatory meeting for the World Trade Organization's ministerial conference in Seattle (next November).
Delegates told MAP that since negotiations are not moving forward, the general director of the World Trade Organization, the European commissioner and the US delegate for trade attended the session, together with over 20 trade ministers.
Morocco renewed, at the informal meeting, adherence to "a liberal, loyal and fair system able to face economic and financial upheavals that could result in an upsurge of expansionist temptations." The minister called for the full participation of developing countries in future negotiations to secure a stable multilateral trade system and, most of all, to give substance to the term development.
He added that it was agreed during the ninth ministerial conference of G-77 plus China, a particular importance should be granted to the enforcement of the WTO agreements in coming negotiations by adapting and changing the existent provisions.
With just five weeks before the start of the Seattle's new global round of trade, the United States and Japan clashed over the crucial issue of export subsidies for farm products. Japan and France issued a joint statement asking for "special treatment" for agriculture.
The Seattle talks, to begin next November 30 with 135 nations attending, will cover a wide range of issues, but the $580 billion a year world agriculture market is the one expected to be causing the deepest divisions.
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