Chair of WTO Agriculture Negotiations resigns

Stu­art Harbin­son was appoint­ed to be the WTO Direc­tor General’s Chief of Staff in June, before the Can­cún meet­ing. His state­ment makes it look like he is sim­ply fed-up with the lack of real engage­ment on agri­cul­tur­al reform. bq. “Chair­ing the agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions has been extreme­ly chal­leng­ing and reward­ing. In prac­tice it has been pos­si­ble to com­bine the chair­man­ship with my oth­er duties.  How­ev­er, we are now enter­ing a new phase in the agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions and I think a new chair­per­son may be bet­ter able to bring the fresh per­spec­tive which we now need.  I believe I did what I had to do as chair­man over the past 18 months giv­en the man­date issued by Min­is­ters at the 2001 Doha Min­is­te­r­i­al Con­fer­ence.  I have no regrets but it is now time for some­one else to take up the ban­ner,” he said.

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