Monday, April 21, 2008

Taking Stock of the Doha Round Agricultural Negotiations:

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For Washingtonians, another excellent presentation by IFPRI:

Taking Stock of the Doha Round Agricultural Negotiations:

Where are we and what does it really mean for the U.S.?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rayburn House Office Building B-318, 3-6pm


Representative Ron Kind (invited)

Former Representative Cal Dooley

Joachim von Braun, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Carl Hausmann, Bunge North America

J.B. Penn, John Deere & Co.

Following the release of revised agricultural modalities in February, agricultural negotiations in Geneva have entered perhaps their most productive stage. Please join us for a discussion on the state of play in the negotiations and for an examination of what the scenarios laid out in the modalities mean in particular for U.S. exporters and producers. The seminar will also address how likely U.S. gains and concessions match up to those of other WTO members.

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee: or (202) 862-8107

Panel I: Why We Should Still Pay Attention to the Doha Negotiations

Moderator: Cal Dooley, President & CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association, former

Member of the US House of Representatives, IPC Member

· The Honorable Representative Ron Kind (invited)

· Deputy Under Secretary A. Ellen Terpstra, USDA (invited)

· Joachim von Braun, Director General, IFPRI, IPC Member

"The New Price Environment and Implications for the Doha Negotiations"

· Carl Hausmann, President and CEO, Bunge North America, IPC Member

"Private Sector Perspective"

· Ambassador to the WTO (tbc)

"An Update from Geneva"

Panel II: What's at Stake for the US in the Doha Negotiations?

Moderator: J.B. Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere, former USDA Under Secretary, IPC Member

· Mike Gifford, Former Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Canada, IPC Member

"An Overview of the Modalities"

· David Blandford, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Pennsylvania State University

"Implications for U.S. Domestic Support (and Export Credits and Food Aid)"

· David Laborde, Postdoctoral Fellow, IFPRI

"Implications for U.S. Market Access"

Panel III: Brazil; Europe; Trade and Development

Moderator: David Orden, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

· André Nassar, President, ICONE

"Brazil's Perspective on the Negotiations (Emphasis on Domestic Support and Ethanol)"

· Tim Josling, Professor Emeritus, Food Research Institute, Stanford University, IPC Member

"How do the Modalities Impact Europe?"

· Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, ICTSD (tbc)

"The Doha Negotiations and Development"

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