FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 22, 2015
CONTACT: Phillip Hayes, 202-271-5734 (cell)
WASHINGTON—The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about the results of the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya:
“While helpful, this agreement will by itself do little to remedy the massive distortion of the world sugar market that results from the widespread use of subsidies to prop up domestic sugar industries and the pervasive dumping practiced by the world’s sugar producing countries.
“In order to effectively address this problem, a global approach aimed at eliminating all direct and indirect subsidies and trade-distorting policies affecting sugar is needed, such as the Zero-for-Zero proposal (H.Con.Res.20) put forward by Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL). In this context, ASA would be willing to put our own sugar policy on the table. The Nairobi agreement demonstrates that such an initiative is feasible and it serves as good first step toward a much broader and more effective international subsidy reform.
“We also applaud our negotiating team’s steadfast refusal, along with other key WTO members, to yield to calls for yet another feckless endorsement of what Ambassador Froman has termed the ‘failed construct’ of the Doha Round. The interest shown by many WTO members in new approaches could open the door for a Zero-for-Zero initiative on sugar.”