The report takes as its starting point the 12 areas identified by the ACP Group as priorities in the WTO, in terms of the agricultural component of the negotiations. These include:
- securing real and substantial reductions in domestic support;
- securing the end to de minimis support for developed economies;
- tighter disciplines on blue-box support;
- the termination of export subsidies and other forms of export support;
- maintaining tolerance of state trading enterprises in developing countries;
- improved food aid arrangements that accommodate the needs of net food importing countries;
- the development of special measures to address the issue of price volatility;
- securing full duty-free, quota-free access for least developed countries (LDCs) to all developed and advanced developing country markets;
- comprehensively addressing issues of preference erosion;
- ensuring substantive movement on cotton issues;
- limiting EU tariff concessions on sugar and sugar products;
- securing improved provisions on special safeguards to protect against import surges.
This paper looks at the extent to which these issues are being addressed in the preparations for the Bali WTO Ministerial meeting. The issues will need to be substantively addressed through discussions in Geneva in advance of the Ministerial meeting if decisions are to be taken at the Ministerial meeting itself. The paper then goes on to explore wider developments impacting on these 12 areas of ACP concern.