Proposals on 'special products' and compensation
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CTA. 2003. Proposals on 'special products' and compensation. Agritrade, September 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A coalition of 16 developing countries...
A coalition of 16 developing countries (including 5 ACP countries) presented a statement and declaration on July 18th 2003 emphasising that no agreement on agricultural modalities would be possible without full accommodation of the concepts of 'special products' and 'special safeguard measures' as integral parts of the market-access package. It argued that any concept of 'special products' should allow developing countries to introduce only very modest cuts in tariff s for specified products, and that they should be allowed to define their own sensitive products subject to overall limits. It argued with regard to safeguard measures that these provisions should allow developing countries to act swiftly and effectively in response to import surges. In addition four West and Central African countries presented further details on how any compensatory mechanism for cotton producers affected by developed country subsidy policies should operate. The group proposed that countries providing cotton subsidies should share the bill for compensation in accordance with their share of support. Australia suggested this approach could be broadened to cover other products such as sugar. The EU however said it was not in favour of measures that only applied to selected products. Comment: It remains to be seen how far these proposals will get in the run up to Cancun. This will in large part depend on whether a broad enough coalition of members can be put together in support of the proposals. It will also depend on whether any commitments that are made can be made binding.