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  Cairns Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cairns Group is an interest group of 18 agricultural exporting countries, composed of Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Uruguay.
The Cairns Group's objective is to bring about liberalization of global trade in agricultural goods.
In the ongoing Doha Round of trade negotiations, they are mainly opposed by WTO members seeking to uphold their high level of agricultural protection on grounds of public policy, such as the EU, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland and United States of America (dubbed the "multifunctionalists").
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cairns_Group   (216 words)

 USIS, Economic Perspectives, May 1999 - Agriculture: The United States and the 1999 WTO Ministerial Meeting, Cairns ...
Members of the Cairns Group were generally pleased with the outcome of the Uruguay Round, but believe that much remains to be done to ensure that a genuine market-oriented approach to agricultural policies is achieved.
Second, the Cairns Group has engaged other WTO member countries in early preparation for the next round of agricultural negotiations in an attempt to ensure that they start on time and are not unnecessarily protracted as they were during the Uruguay Round.
Cairns Group ministers welcomed the launch by the second WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in May 1998 of preparations for the next round of agriculture negotiations.
usinfo.state.gov /journals/ites/0599/ijee/ag-cairn.htm   (1239 words)

 The Cairns Group website
The Cairns Group is a coalition of 18 agricultural exporting countries which account for over 25 per cent of the world’s agricultural exports.
During the current WTO Doha Round of negotiations the Group has continued to push for the liberalisation of trade in agricultural exports, a cause that unites the Group across language, cultural and geographic boundaries.
Cairns Group ministers believe that the framework for liberalisation must continue to support the economic development needs, including technical assistance requirements, of developing and small members.
www.cairnsgroup.org /introduction.html   (304 words)

 The Cairns Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Cairns Group is an informal association of fifteen agricultural exporter members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which share the common objective of further liberalisation of global agricultural trade.
The Group agreed to continue meeting in the post-UR period to ensure full implementation of the UR agreements on agriculture, to further their objectives of "fair trade in agricultural exports" and to prepare for further negotiations in 1999.
The collective experience of the Cairns Group in trade negotiations, research on agricultural trade policy issues, collaboration and coordination regarding the monitoring of implementation of the Agreement on Agriculture, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures have proved to be valuable resources in South Africa's WTO activities.
www.dfa.gov.za /foreign/Multilateral/inter/cairns.htm   (368 words)

 Cairns - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Cairns, city on the north-east coast of the state of Queensland, Australia, on Trinity Bay, about 1,800 km (1,120 mi) north of Brisbane.
Cairns Group, organization composed of 17 countries that seek to promote agricultural trade reform.
Cairn Terrier, breed of dog that originated on the Scottish Isle of Skye, perhaps as early as the 16th century.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Cairns.html   (100 words)

The Cairns Group of Farm Leaders held a conference last week in Banff, Canada to discuss the group's strategic position on trade liberalisation in the context of ongoing WTO negotiations in agriculture.
Among those directions taken by the Cairns Group of Farm Leaders is the need to educate the public on the benefits of a liberalised global food regime, an education program that will seek support from consumer groups and taxpayers in those countries with the most protectionist regimes.
To garner political support, the Cairns Group has said it will seek to educate EU consumers and taxpayers on the harmful environmental and financial effects of these policies, arguing that farm subsidies could be used to fulfil other policy objectives or support tax reductions.
www.ictsd.org /html/weekly/story4.17-10-00.htm   (476 words)

The Cairns Group objective is clear: to ensure that WTO agricultural negotiations result in the elimination of all trade-distorting agricultural subsidies.
To accomplish this the group is expected to target the EU, U.S. and Japan heavily in WTO talks, although the Cairns group has the most grievances with EU agricultural policy.
The Cairns Group is also expected to attack the position put forward separately by the EU, Japan and the U.S. that the auxiliary "multifunctional" roles agriculture plays in a country (e.g.
www.ictsd.org /html/story1.30-08-99.htm   (414 words)

 CNN.com - Cairns Group to bat for the WTO 'little guy' - November 9, 2001
The Cairns Group pulls together a wide variety of countries including Argentina and Brazil in South America; Canada in North America; South Africa in Africa; Australia and New Zealand in the South Pacific; and Indonesia and Malaysia in Asia.
The group lacks teeth, in that even the countries that make it up often have diplomatic interests that reach further than agriculture, and sometimes conflict with it.
The Cairns Group feels developed countries, particularly the United States, Japan, South Korea and European Union nations such as France, have not lived up to promises from the WTO's last set of free-trade agreements, the Uruguay Round.
edition.cnn.com /2001/BUSINESS/asia/11/09/hk.cairns   (877 words)

 Cairns Group: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Cairns Croup is an interest group of 17 agricultural exporting countries: Argentina Argentina quick summary:
Argentina is a country in southern south america, situated between the andes in the west and the southern atlantic ocean in the east....
Free trade between countries means the unhindered flow of goods and services between them, and is a name given to economic policies and parties supporting increases...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ca/cairns_group.htm   (1097 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Green concerns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
To the Cairns Group, a 15-member group of developed and developing country agricultural exporters, the 1999 review should mean a renegotiation of the accord to further cut allowable levels of export and domestic subsidies.
According to the Cairns member countries, the greatest distortions of agricultural trade stem from the $280 billion in agricultural subsidies in the OECD countries, most of which is provided by the EU and the US.
Via Campesina, the international network of peasant organisations and peasant-solidarity groups, has taken a stand that agriculture should be taken out of the WTO altogether, since it is a special commodity whose production is bound up with the survival of communities, the maintenance of cultures and the health of political arrangements.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /1998/382/in2.htm   (644 words)

 Final Statement - GROUP CAIRNS XXII MINISTERIAL MEETING - Punta del Este, Uruguay
The twenty-second Ministerial meeting of the Cairns Group was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 3-5 September 2001.
Ministers stressed that the Group was more united and determined than ever to push for agricultural reform and they reaffirmed the Group's commitment to establish a fair and market-oriented agricultural trading system.
Ministers noted from their discussions that there was a strong commonality of view between the Cairns Group and the United States about the approach and ambition for agricultural trade liberalization at the Doha Conference.
uruguay.usembassy.gov /finaleng.htm   (935 words)

Geneva 12 Oct (Chakravarthi Raghavan) -- A ministerial meeting of the Cairns group of agricultural exporting countries is set for Monday, 18 October (with ministers beginning their consultations over dinner the previous day) to consider the outlook in the Uruguay Round.
A Cairns group source said that while the US Trade Representative Mickey Kantor and EC Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan are due to meet Wednesday in Brussels, Brittan has been already pressing the Cairns group countries to find compromises to accommodate France's viewpoint against the Blair House deal.
The Cairns group itself is known to be divided on its approach to Blair House accord between the US and EC.
www.sunsonline.org /trade/areas/agricult/10120093.htm   (745 words)

 Cairns research group recent research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Tucker, J. Reimer, E. Cairns, "A 7Li NMR Study of Capacity Fade in Metal-Substituted Lithium Manganese Oxide Spinels", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 149,A574 (2002).
Cairns, "Overview of the Current Status and Problems for Rechargeable Batteries", Progress in Batteries and Battery Materials, 16, 237, (1997).
S.J. Wen, T.J. Richardson, D.J. Ghantous, K.A. Striebel, P.N. Ross and E.J. Cairns, "FTIR Characterization of PEO/LiN(CF3SO2)2 Electrolytes", J. Electroanalytical Chemistry and Interfacial Phenomena 408, 113-118 (1996).
eetd.lbl.gov /BERC/ejc.rep.html   (4392 words)

 USTR - USTR Zoellick to Attend "Cairns Group" Meeting in Bolivia October 18-19 to Discuss Global Farm Trade Reforms
This meeting of the Cairns Group is occurring at an important juncture in the context of the Doha negotiations.
Zoellick has met Cairns Group members in Geneva on a number of occasions, and he joined Veneman at last year's Cairns Group meeting in Uruguay, an important milestone in the run-up to the Doha negotiations.
While it differs in some respects with positions the Cairns Group has taken, both approaches are calling for substantial liberalization of world agricultural trade, by reducing and eventually eliminating the allowed levels of export subsidies, tariffs, and trade-distorting domestic support.
www.ustr.gov /Document_Library/Press_Releases/2002/October/USTR_Zoellick_to_Attend_Cairns_Group_Meeting_in_Bolivia_October_18-19_to_Discuss_Global_Farm_Trade_Reforms.html   (945 words)

 DU TOIT: CAIRNS GROUP MINISTERIAL MEETING, CANADA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The present meeting of the Cairns Group takes place at time of great stress and continuing deterioration in international agricultural relations and agricultural trade, a crisis which is seeing millions of farmers in the developing world facing a bleak future.
The task ahead for the Cairns Group is in the first instance to continue with coalition building, especially, as far as the concerns of South Africa specially rest within the SADC countries and the Group of 77.
The Cairns Group has 15 of its 18 members from developing countries and is therefore well placed to play an advocacy role for development.
www.info.gov.za /speeches/2000/001117110p1001.htm   (1155 words)

 Do away with subsidies on agri: Cairns - Sify.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Cairns group said the export subsidies should be phased out in a time-bound manner and for providing market access, it would not be simply enough for the countries to make tariff cuts on papers that do not deliver the new trade opportunities.
The key message that Cairns wanted to convey was that the WTO members maintain the level of ambition agreed in the Round 2001 and again in the so-called July framework last year.
The Cairns Group is a conglomerate of 17 agri-exporting countries from Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific region formed in 1986 and since then playing a key role in pressing the WTO membership to meet in full the far-reaching mandate set in Doha.
sify.com /finance/newspread/fullstory.php?id=13711555   (382 words)

 Scoop: Cairns Group reaffirms ambitions Ag reform
The Cairns Group's strong call for ambitious agricultural reform in the WTO was most welcome, Trade Negotiations and Agriculture Minister Hon Jim Sutton, said after a meeting with key agricultural exporting colleagues in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Cairns Group was founded nearly twenty years ago on a vision of a fair and market-oriented world agriculture trading system.
The Cairns Group has contributed significantly to efforts to find a way forward on the issue of converting non-ad valorem tariffs to their ad valorem equivalents.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/PA0504/S00056.htm   (2122 words)

The Cairns Group appeared Monday to be soft-pedalling the threats, voiced by some of its members, of a walkout from the Uruguay Round over agriculture.
A statement issued by the 14-member Cairns Group of agricultural exporters, after their Ministerial meeting here, merely said that if the EEC did not table its offers and negotiate in good faith, by mid-November the nature of the Brussels meeting would have to be reconsidered.
The Cairns Group would also see whether the EC and others including Japan and EFTA countries are willing to seriously negotiate specific commitments in internal support, import access and export subsidies and pursue positive outcome on sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, and taking into account the special and differential treatment for the Third World countries.
www.sunsonline.org /trade/areas/agricult/11070090.htm   (1054 words)

 Asia Times: Cairns Group limbers up for WTO bout
Ministers and secretaries of agriculture of the Cairns Group - comprising 15 countries pushing for the elimination of farm subsidies - will outline their common stance on the ''millennium round'' of trade talks, to be launched at the November 30-December 3 WTO ministerial conference in the US city of Seattle, Washington.
The Cairns Group was created in 1986 to come up with a common strategy to fight the farm subsidies used by the United States, the European Union (EU) and Japan, which refused to even consider putting agriculture on the multilateral trade agenda.
Essentially, Cairns Group countries are demanding free access to markets, an end to export subsidies - which keep efficient producers out of protected markets - and the elimination of direct internal subsidies to farmers.
www.atimes.com /global-econ/AH28Dj01.html   (955 words)

 CRGT - Cairns Training and Recruitment
Cairns Region Group Apprentices Limited (CRGT) was established in 1984 and is the indenturing employer of over 1,000 apprentices and trainees who are employed in 30 different trade areas.
Group Training Companies are not operated by the Government, nor are they part of the Apprenticeship Authority or TAFE college system.
Cairns Region Group Training is an independent, non-profit organisation operating on a commercial basis.
www.crgt.com.au /about.htm   (263 words)

 The Jakarta Post - The Journal of Indonesia Today   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Cairns Group is not a lobby group for agricultural exporters, but rather a group of countries with a shared interest in lobbying for fair trade in agriculture.
It is true that the Cairns Group is calling for tariffs to be cut to a maximum of only 25 percent, but this would only apply to developed countries.
As for the Cairns Group, it is undeniable that its fourteen developing country members give it a very strong voice on developing country issues.
www.thejakartapost.com /yesterdaydetail.asp?fileid=20020920.F06   (381 words)

 South Bulletin 42 - Indonesia Holds Firm on Food Security
The Cairns Group - a group of 18 exporting developed and developing countries (including Indonesia) led by Australia - proposed ambitious cuts in bound tariffs for developed and developing countries, with a deeper cut for developed countries.
Indonesia wanted the Cairns group to support their proposal, in return for Jakarta's support of the Cairns Group position, submitted to the WTO Membership on Friday, 6 September.
The Cairns Group is currently seeking to garner support from the other developing countries outside the grouping - such as India, China, Pakistan, and Kenya etc - to their liberalisation position.
www.southcentre.org /info/southbulletin/bulletin42/bulletin42-08.htm   (2250 words)

 IPS - WTO Ministerial Meeting 2001
The Cairns Group and the United States held meetings at various diplomatic levels to assess the agricultural debate leading up to the conference now under way.
At an early session in the series, US diplomats outlined their strategy for seeking a speedy agreement on farm trade in order to immediately convene a new round of negotiations on the issues that are of greatest interest to the industrialised countries.
The Cairns Group demands substantial reductions and ultimately the elimination of the financial supports that most industrialised countries provide for their farming sectors, charging that they distort the global agricultural markets.
www.ipsnews.net /doha/sto1011a.shtml   (671 words)

 World farmers demand leadership from the Cairns group
The Cairns group, chaired by Australia, is meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, this week in a bid to find new ways to kickstart the stalled Doha round of World Trade Organisation talks.
He said the Cairns group was in a position to bridge the gap between those opposed to agricultural reform and those nations demanding change.
"The Cairns Group has a long history of proactive leadership and we would hope that after this meeting in Costa Rica there will be a clear commitment to the Cairns Group and a collective desire to deal with the many challenges that need resolution," he said.
www.industrysearch.com.au /news/viewrecord.asp?ID=13912   (358 words)

 Pakistan joins Cairns Group of agricultural exporters - Sify.com
The group has lobbied to eliminate farm subsidies and import tariffs in the developed world since its formation in 1986 in the Australian city of Cairns.
Members of the group met at the WTO conference in Hong Kong where trade ministers from around the globe are attempting to salvage stalled free trade negotiations, with the main sticking point being agriculture.
Pakistan is already a member of the G20 grouping of developing nations, which has similar aims as the Cairns Group.
sify.com /news_info/news/fullstory.php?id=14047543   (271 words)

 Cairns Group Demands Strong Deal for Farmers
The Cairns Group of agricultural exporting nations are united in their commitment to ensure that the current round of world trade talks delivers significant outcomes for their farmers, Trade Minister and Chair of the Group, Mark Vaile, said today.
Mr Vaile said Cairns Group Ministers had seized the opportunity in Cartagena to deliver these strong messages to Mike Johanns, US Agriculture Secretary and Mariann Fischer-Boel, the EU’s Agriculture Commissioner.
The Cairns Group has already proposed that these instruments be phased out over three years for developed countries and six years for developing countries.
www.trademinister.gov.au /releases/2005/mvt024_05.html   (453 words)

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