Revision of Harbinson first draft
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CTA. 2003. Revision of Harbinson first draft. Agritrade, April 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A number of pro-developing country modifications were contained in the revised...
A number of pro-developing country modifications were contained in the revised Harbinson draft of March 18th 2003, with respect to market access, the special safeguard mechanism and trade preferences. With regard to market access the original tariff band ranging from 20% to120% (requiring an average cut of 33% and a minimum cut of 23%) was split into two bands: 60-120% and 20-60%, with average cuts of 35% and 20% respectively and minimum cuts of 20% and 15% respectively. Cuts in tariffs below 20% would be less than in earlier drafts (an average cut of 25% with a 15% minimum). In addition the 'best endeavour' clause dealing with fullest liberalisation for LDC exporters of tropical products was made mandatory in the revised draft. This draft also called for a further elaboration of the new special safeguard mechanism and provided for more flexibility in areas where developing countries benefited from traditional preferences from developed countries. The revised draft also called for preference providers to 'undertake targeted technical assistance programmes and other measures, as appropriate, to support preference-receiving countries in efforts to diversify their economies and exports'.