Report from meeting on 10th Nov. 2005

The session featured EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. The Commissioner has recently come under fire from accusations from France that he has conceded to cut too much off agricultural subsidies. He stresses that development dimensions of the Doha Development Agenda include:
In the afternoon Carlos Primo Braga from the World Bank reported that full merchandise liberalization would bring $ 280 billion per year by 2015 , 60 % of which wuld be from agriculture.

Negotiators are working against a deadline of mid-2007 when the US executive branch will lose its Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which has thus far at least theoretically enabled it to get deals through Congress more easily.
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