NZer to chair WTO ag negotiations

October 30, 2011

New Zealand WTO ambassador John Adank is expected to be appointed as the new chiar of the Doha Round agricultural negotiations, Trade Minister Tim Groser says.

“The Doha negotiations are facing grave challenges. Ten years of effort have not been able to bridge differences. At a Ministerial Conference in Geneva in mid-December the membership will have to determine the best way forward”, Mr Groser said. “But there have been very important gains, especially in agriculture, and it is essential that these are protected as we move ahead.”

Mr Adank will be the fourth successive New Zealander to chair the agriculture negotiations, succeeding Dr David Walker who returned to New Zealand earlier in the year to take up the role of Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This is good news, I doubt if there would be any strong advocate for the benefits of free trade for agriculture than a New Zealander.


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