The G-20 bloc of nations faces new challenges
Amorim has visited India thrice. Brazil, India and South Africa also formed the ibsa Forum earlier this year to cooperate on trade, development, energy and political issues. This partnership also aims to secure permanent seats for all three in the un Security Council.
When negotiations were relaunched earlier this year, the g20 retained its edge, playing a critical role in burying the tariff reduction approach proposed by the eu and the us. But now, it faces new challenges.
Other groups influencing the agriculture negotiations include g10 and the Cairns Group. The former doesn't want a drastic cut in the peak tariff rates it maintains on certain sensitive products. Most developing country members in the Cairns Group are either a part of the g20 or the g33. Those in the g33 are mainly Central American countries, apprehensive about a fallout with the us if they were to align with the g20. The three developed country members of the Cairns group include Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Traditionally, the Carins Group has been most vociferous about aggressive cuts in both tariffs and subsidies. The only difference between this group and the g20, according to a Brazilian negotiator, is the definition of special and differential treatment to be accorded to developing countries, especially on tariff reductions. The g20 clearly wants a significant reduction in peak tariff rates, putting it in conflict with the g10.
Most of the substantive negotiations on agriculture are now taking place through the eu and four countries -- the us, Australia, Brazil and India -- which came together at the sidelines of a un Conference on Trade and Development at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June. Their aim is to come up with a framework agreement before the end of July. But, with the g90 having its own concerns, it is now feared that the July deadline will be missed.
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