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More food for 'multilateral' thought

The G33's food security proposal is likely to be a contentious issue with developed countries, especially the US, in the upcoming Bali Ministerial meet

T S Vishwanath

The agenda for the Bali Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is warming up. The three main deliverables that it hopes to deliver are: food security as proposed by the G33 grouping; trade facilitation that the developed world is keen to pursue; and the developmental agenda that would benefit the least developed nations. What will be important is to ensure that a balance is arrived between these three issues so that all member nations find enough meat to support the multilateral negotiations for trade liberalisation under the WTO in the post-Bali process. One critical ...