May 25, 2020

WTO members highlight COVID-19’s impact on agriculture negotiations

At a virtual meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 25 May, WTO members shared preliminary views on COVID-19’s impact on the WTO’s agriculture negotiations and discussed how to move forward with these talks. Members reaffirmed the importance of upholding WTO rules during the COVID-19 crisis and stressed the relevance of the agriculture negotiations in addressing food security concerns arising from this crisis. The Chair, Ambassador John Deep Ford (Guyana), announced that his chairmanship of the negotiations will end on 30 June.

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