WASHINGTON — The chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. said Wednesday that World Trade Organization members must overcome significant obstacles before the 145 nations can reach an agreement on agriculture, which is crucial for the success...
WASHINGTON — The chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. said Wednesday that World Trade Organization members must overcome significant obstacles before the 145 nations can reach an agreement on agriculture, which is crucial for the success of the broader negotiations.
WTO agricultural negotiators are engaged in their last scheduled session of global agricultural reform talks this week, attempting to forge a blueprint ahead of a March 31 deadline.
Allen Johnson, chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S Trade Representative, acknowledged it is a "difficult time," but said the U.S. is continuing to push hard for results. Johnson said the European Union and Japan are proving to be big obstacles to reaching an agreement on key points such as tariff reductions on agricultural products and export subsidy reductions.
He said the EU must move forward this summer on its reforms to sever the link between production and subsidies, which he claimed is essential to moving the WTO negotiations ahead. The Japanese, he claimed, need to show more of a commitment to liberalization and market access. Japan fiercely protects agricultural products such as rice with astronomical tariffs, although it relies heavily on food imports.
Johnson said: "The deadline is a few short days away and we have a long way to go. A number of members, frankly, are not ready to move forward or can’t move forward to meet the obligations."
Many critics claim the gaps are too wide and agricultural negotiators will most likely miss the deadline, which could delay negotiations in other sectors and push back the ambitious Jan. 1, 2005 deadline for dropping all quotas on textiles and apparel. Trade diplomats from the 145-member body have been deadlocked for months over how to liberalize agriculture trade.
The agriculture agreement is seen by many as the key to a wider round of trade negotiations, which would include much anticipated talks on tariff reductions for industrial products, including apparel and textiles. Large agricultural exporting countries like Australia, the U.S. and China claim the current proposal on agriculture does not go far enough, while importers like the European Union and Japan claim it cuts too deep.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye