Analytical Note, July 2005

State of Play in Agriculture Negotiations: Country Groupings’ Positions.

The purpose of the present note is to provide an overview of the position of various countries and group of countries active in the WTO agriculture negotiations with respect to critical issues under discussion. The note is organised on the basis of the three pillars of the agriculture negotiations around which the talks are organised, mainly market access, domestic support and export competition. The text includes a section on cotton as well, with indication of the status of progress on the cotton initiative sponsored by a group of African countries.

The note provides a description of the position of the following countries and groupings: United States, European Communities, G10, G20, Cairns Group, G33, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the African Group, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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