NCC Chairman Commends USTR and Urges African Cooperation
NCC Chairman Jay Hardwick and Vice Chairman Eddie Smith, on behalf of the US cotton industry, commended US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and the entire US delegation for defending US agriculture’s interests during the recent WTO meeting in Geneva.
In their letter to Ambassador Kirk, the two cotton producer leaders told Kirk that he and his team demonstrated a keen understanding of the fundamental issue before the countries that were attempting to negotiate a Doha Round agreement. That premise is -- there is simply not enough additional market access into developing country markets in the existing negotiating texts, and without significant gains in agricultural market access, it is impossible for U.S. agriculture to find any benefit to a Doha Round.
In a speech today to the Texas Cotton Producers meeting in Lubbock, NCC Vice President
Today’s NCC letter to Ambassador Kirk also pointed out that even though the C-4 West African cotton producing countries warned in Geneva that they might file a dispute settlement action against the United States, the NCC encourages those countries to re-evaluate who is actually distorting world cotton trade and work with the United States as it attempts to 1) help reform the West African cotton production infrastructure; and 2) obtain meaningful market access from the largest cotton users in the world.
“In the face of continued, but unwarranted, criticisms of
Outside the letter, the NCC reiterates that in 2009,