Trade tactics threaten overall reform

Smith, Ron
May 2005
Southeast Farm Press;5/18/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 14, p3
Trade Publication
This article reports that according to the attorney for the National Cotton Council (NCC) of the U.S., instead of working to improve worldwide trade, recent actions by the European Union (EU) and Oxfam-- classified as a "development, relief and campaigning organization, which works to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world--will have the opposite effect. According to Bill Gillon, international trade counsel to the NCC, The tactics of Oxfam, fomenting certain African countries to call for an end to the U.S. cotton program while ignoring the need for dramatic internal changes in those countries' production systems, and the decision by the EU to use cotton as a decoy, make it difficult for the U.S. cotton industry to continue to be supportive of the Doha Round or the World Trade Organization in general.


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