WASHINGTON (B)--Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman said June 5 he expected U.S. trade officials to offer "bold proposals" when the WTO's agriculture committee meets June 29. However, Glickman would not say anything specific about the proposals.
Glickman and Isi Siddiqi, United States Department of Agriculture's head trade specialist, briefly spoke with reporters on trade issues after Glickman made an address at a USDA awards ceremony here.
Recently, President Clinton and European Union leaders, meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, pledged to work toward kicking off a new WTO round by the end of this year. WTO members were hoping to do this last November at the Seattle ministerial meeting, but agreement could not be reached and the conference collapsed.
At the Seattle meeting, one of the key sticking points concerned agricultural export subsidies. The United States pushed for their complete elimination, while the EU fought against this.
On June 5, Siddiqi told reporters that the United States planned to go into the WTO agriculture committee meeting with "an aggressive agenda," in hopes of moving forward toward a new round of trade talks.
"I do expect the United States to have some fairly significant and bold proposals at that meeting on the 29th," Glickman said.