Need for Ambitious Objectives in the
Doha Round (March 31, 2003)
Following the failure in Geneva of delegations to the
World Trade Organization to meet the March 31 deadline for settling the
modalities for negotiations on agriculture, the United States issued a
statement in Washington.
Ann Veneman, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and
Robert B. Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, said of the Doha Round
"The United States believes that this great worldwide
venture needs to target grand trade goals: to slash agricultural subsidies
and tariffs; to eliminate tariffs on industrial and consumer goods; and
to vastly expand opportunities for the fast-emerging services trade. U.S.
proposals have backed this vision of global openness, growth and development
with bold offers, demonstrating concretely what actions the United States
will take to open its markets if others join with us.
Click here for the full text of the Veneman-Zoellick Statement issued in Washington,
DC, on March 31, 2003.