United, the Poor Will Not Be Manipulated, Says Brazil in Hong Kong

Proximity between the various groups of developing countries is being extolled as one of the few advances evidenced so far at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 6th Ministerial Meeting, which began on Tuesday, December 13 and ends on Sunday, December 18.

"Just as Cancun [where the 5th Ministerial Meeting was held] served to hatch the G20 and this changed the structure of the negotiations, here, too, we are creating, for the first time, foundations for nearly all the developing countries," observed the Brazilian minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim.

In his view, it is important for such an alliance to be based on a pragmatic definition of mutual goals rather than a North-South division.

The developing world opposes agricultural export subsidies, which distort international trade. However, different degrees of development and disagreements stemming from interests in other sectors leave the door open to tempting offers of preferential treatment from the developed countries.

"Clearly we want practical results, but unity also averts manipulation and makes it more difficult to divide interests and cloak protectionist objectives in a false moral mantle," Amorim declared.

A new meeting between the members of the G20 and the G90 (the group of the world’s 90 poorest countries) is planned for Friday, December 16, to bolster positions.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    And the G25… (EU)….
    are even more united than the G20.

    We have only one voice, Mandelson, while you have many voices.

    No doubt, common sense will prevail !

    Smile…..

  • Guest

    Confusion again by Brazilian Minister..
    The G20 are by far not the poor countries as the headline wants to make the readers believe.

    Most poor countries are totally against the G20. And the poverty in Brazil is due to their record of wealth inequality. By simple maths, income transfer will eliminate poverty.
    Why should europeans farmers accept sacrifices to make the minority elite of wealthy brazilians even more wealthy ??????
    Income transfer should start locally, not from outside. All developed nations did it. Brazil could do it but have no desire to do so.

    The developing countries are not in disagreement with agriculture subsidies when it involves their own very high subsidies…… in agriculture !!!!!!!!!!

    They disagree only when other countries do the same as the G20 do.

    In total contradiction with common sense, as usual !
    If you wish competition, be open to all competitions not only where you are or think you are better. In Olympic games there is not only one sport but many !
    Trade is similar.

    We are ready. You are not !

  • Guest

    And the rich countries
    will not be manipulated by the governments of developing countries that are corrupted and provide erroneous statistics.

    Should these countries, Brazil first, reduce their wealth inequality where they are champions, poverty will be reduced by simple maths of income transfer.

    Why should europeans farmers be penalized to allow the minority of Brazilians elite to be more wealthy that they already are ???????

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