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April 13, 2021

Uruguay Round Trade Agreement

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Three other institutions will be created by the Ministerial Conference and will report to the General Council. The Committee on Trade and Development deals with issues relating to developing countries, and in particular to the least developed countries. The Balance of Payments Committee is responsible for consultations between WTO members, which are trade-restrictive in order to deal with balance-of-payments difficulties. Finally, WTO funding and budget issues are dealt with by a Committee on Budgets. The agenda, originally enshrined in the Uruguay Round agreements, has experienced additions and modifications. Some items are now part of the Doha agenda, some of which have been updated. In this context, U.S. and Community negotiators had a series of bilateral discussions that resulted in an agreement known as the Blair House Agreement. The meeting in November 1992 was held at Blair House in Washington and focused on the appropriate modification of the black text.

These amendments contained the following: the agricultural package also addresses many other issues of crucial economic and political importance to many Members. These include provisions to promote the application of less trade-distorting national support policies for the maintenance of the rural economy, allowing measures to reduce the burden of adaptation, and the introduction of strict provisions allowing some flexibility in the implementation of commitments. Specific concerns from developing countries were raised, including the concerns of net food-importing countries and least developed countries. The round was due to end in December 1990, but the United States and the EU were divided on agricultural trade reform and decided to extend the talks. [6] Finally, in November 1992, the United States and the EU settled most of their differences in an agreement known as the Blair House, and on 15 April 1994, the agreement was signed by ministers from most of the 123 participating governments at a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. [7] The agreement created the World Trade Organization, which came into force on January 1, 1995 to replace the GATT system. [2] It is widely regarded as the most profound institutional reform of the global trading system since the creation of the GATT. [8] The second category is “achievable” grants. The agreement provides that no member may have a negative impact on the interests of other signatories, i.e. the harm suffered by another signatory`s domestic industry, the cancellation or invalidation of benefits directly or indirectly due to other signatories to the general agreement (including the benefits of related tariff concessions) and seriously harms the interests of another member. It is estimated that some subsidies are considered “serious biases”, even if the total subsidies of a product exceed 5%.

In such a situation, the burden of proof falls on the subsidizing member to prove that the subsidies in question do not seriously prejudice the complaining member. Members affected by achievable grants may refer the matter to the dispute resolution body. When such adverse effects are found, the subsidizing member must withdraw the subsidy or eliminate the adverse effects. The Uruguay Round, launched in September 1986 in Punta del Este (Uruguay) and closed in March 1994 in Marrakech, Morocco, was the largest and most successful of the eight multilateral tariff and trade cycles. Tariffs on non-agricultural trade have been significantly reduced and a framework for trade liberalization for agriculture has been adopted. This article focuses on the Uruguay cycle, which led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and analyzes the controversies that have rocked the Uruguay cycle and the processes that led to the creation of the WTO. It also addresses issues related to the evolution of the balance of power within the WTO, the rise of regionalism and the persistence of the so-called irrational dichotomy between developed and developing countries.

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