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WTO: Brazil vs India

edited September 2013 in Miscellaneous
In 2008, Brazil and India had different stands in WTO negotiations. Can anyone explain what these differences were?
(Source: Pax Indica - p274, para 2)
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  • edited September 2013
    During 2008 WTO negotiations, the U.S. announced that it would cap its farm subsidies on the condition that countries such as Brazil and India drop their objections to various aspects of the round. The U.S. and the EU also offered an increase in the number of temporary work visas for professional workers. However, there were disagreements on issues including special protection for Chinese and Indian farmers and African and Caribbean banana imports to the EU. India and China's hard stance regarding tariffs and subsidies was severely criticized by the United States.

    The negotiations collapsed on 29 July over issues of agricultural trade between the United States, India, and China. In particular, there was insoluble disagreement between India and the United States over the special safeguard mechanism (SSM), a measure designed to protect poor farmers by allowing countries to impose a special tariff on certain agricultural goods in the event of an import surge or price fall. (Interestingly, Sh. Kamalnath is often criticized for having made India carry the burden of failure while the talks were already severely damaged by the Chinese. Sh. Kamalnath joined the talks after a couple of days of the commencement, made some speeches and faced all the flak, the Chinese simply held back and let him do all the gaali-galauj!!!)

    India claimed that its position (i.e. that the U.S. was sacrificing the world's poor for U.S./European commercial interests) was supported by over 100 countries, while, Brazil broke away from the position held by India on the grounds that the failure of the talks will have dire consequences, including the death of more people from starvation and the destabilizing of more governments by runaway inflation. Such dangers, Brazil believed were more likely to affect poor countries than the rich nations - especially in the US and Europe - whose farm subsidies and import tariffs, Brazil hoped the Doha round would dismantle.

    As a consequence of the failure of the talks, Brazil had to undo many of its almost successful agreements with the EU that had given them successful access to the EU market. One more concern for Brazil was Argentina's taking sides with Chinese and the Indians in the talks and the subsequent undermining of its authority as the lead of MERCUSOR.
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  • During 2008 WTO negotiations, the U.S. announced that it would cap its farm subsidies on the condition that countries such as Brazil and India drop their objections to various aspects of the round. The U.S. and the EU also offered an increase in the number of temporary work visas for professional workers. However, there were disagreements on issues including special protection for Chinese and Indian farmers and African and Caribbean banana imports to the EU. India and China's hard stance regarding tariffs and subsidies was severely criticized by the United States.

    The negotiations collapsed on 29 July over issues of agricultural trade between the United States, India, and China. In particular, there was insoluble disagreement between India and the United States over the special safeguard mechanism (SSM), a measure designed to protect poor farmers by allowing countries to impose a special tariff on certain agricultural goods in the event of an import surge or price fall. (Interestingly, Sh. Kamalnath is often criticized for having made India carry the burden of failure while the talks were already severely damaged by the Chinese. Sh. Kamalnath joined the talks after a couple of days of the commencement, made some speeches and faced all the flak, the Chinese simply held back and let him do all the gaali-galauj!!!)

    India claimed that its position (i.e. that the U.S. was sacrificing the world's poor for U.S./European commercial interests) was supported by over 100 countries, while, Brazil broke away from the position held by India on the grounds that the failure of the talks will have dire consequences, including the death of more people from starvation and the destabilizing of more governments by runaway inflation. Such dangers, Brazil believed were more likely to affect poor countries than the rich nations - especially in the US and Europe - whose farm subsidies and import tariffs, Brazil hoped the Doha round would dismantle.

    As a consequence of the failure of the talks, Brazil had to undo many of its almost successful agreements with the EU that had given them successful access to the EU market. One more concern for Brazil was Argentina's taking sides with Chinese and the Indians in the talks and the subsequent undermining of its authority as the lead of MERCUSOR.
    Awesome, thanks :)
    I don't like to reply to idiots and if you think I am referring to you, you are probably correct.
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