WTO names farm talks chairman

9 May 2000

WTO names farm talks chairman

THE World Trade Organisation has resolved who will chair sensitive agricultural negotiations over the coming year.

Perus Geneva ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales has been named chairman, reports the Financial Times.

The EU had earlier refused to accept Brazils ambassador Celso Amorim on the grounds that Brazil is a member of the Cairns Group of agricultural exporters.

The 18-strong Cairns Group has lobbied for an end to farm subsidies, making the EU common agricultural policy a prime target.

Peru is not a member of the Cairns Group.

Vice-chairman of the agricultural committee, who will not handle negotiations, is Yoichi Suzuki of Japan.

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