20 January 1999
Farming top of Clinton’s trade agenda

PRESIDENT CLINTON put agriculture high on the agenda when he proposed a new round of world trade negotiations at his State of the Union address yesterday (Tuesday).

The agenda would begin with talks about free trade in agriculture, Mr Clinton said.

Negotiations to liberalise trade in agriculture are already scheduled to begin later this year.

Mr Clinton will be pushing Congress to obtain “fast-track” negotiating rights – allowing him to negotiate a trade agreement without recourse to Congress.

He has had difficulty in obtaining this right in the past because of disputes over the treatment of labour and environmental issues.

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