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Moment of Truth on the Liberalization of Agricultural Trade (24 April, 2003)

Robert L. Thompson, formerly Director of Agriculture and Rural Development at the World Bank, made a presentation to the Cordell Hull Institute's Trade Policy Roundtable in Washington, DC, on April 24 on the "Moment of Truth on the Liberalization of Agricultural Trade". Dr Thompson is the Chairman of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council, based in Washington, DC.

Rubens Barbosa, the Brazilian ambassador to the United States, commented on the presentation. Among other points, he said that agreement on the substantial liberalization of agricultural trade was critical to Brazil in the Doha Round negotiations, along with anti-dumping reform. Achieving both was also, he said, a prerequisite for agreement in the negotiations on a Free Trade Area of the Americas.

Click here for a report on Dr Thompson's presentation.