Analytical Note, February 2004

Comments on the WTO Secretariat’s Paper – Tariff Reductions for Agricultural Products: Some Simulations of the Operation of the Blended Formula (JOB(04)/1).

One of the most contentious issues in agriculture negotiations is the blended approach for market access presented in the proposed framework on agriculture in the Draft Ministerial Declaration produced by the Chairman of the Cancun Conference on 13 September 2003. The WTO Secretariat, in response to the request made by several delegations during consultations, has contributed to the discussion on this particular issue preparing a simulation exercise on the workings of the blended approach.

The objective of this note is to comment on the methodology used by the Secretariat and draw some conclusions from the simulations’ results.

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