The Harbinson Draft
As part of the timeframe for agricultural
negotiations outlined in the Doha negotiations, the chairman of the WTO
committee on agricultural negotiations, Ambassador Stewart Harbinson of Hong
a document that aimed to bridge the gaps in the negotiation positions of
various countries. The Harbinson proposal is not meant to be a final agreement,
but is used as a tool to the various parties involved in negotiations to come to
an agreement within the specified timeline. The draft
was first released in March 2003.
As Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman and
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick explained in their statement on the
Harbinson Draft, the United States is pleased with some aspects of the
proposal and disappointed by others.