Day three saw more substantive discussions take place than yesterday on the issues of NAMA, services and agriculture. In services, five countries sent a letter to the Chair, saying there is no consensus on Annex C. In agriculture, countries have held firm to their Geneva positions though there looks set to be further negotiations on a range of issues including export subsidies and sensitive products, whilst other critical issues such as the Green Box have been ignored. In NAMA, there is also little agreement, even with the potential for ‘backsliding’. At this stage all issues are hanging in the balance and it appears that the Ministerial could go either way. A new Ministerial draft text is expected tomorrow. Read the Negotiation Update for an overall assessment by Aileen Kwa. There are also more in depth reports on NAMA from Joseph Purugannan and Agriculture from Afsar Jafri.
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