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NFTC Statement on Reported Collapse of WTO Talks
Date: 7/31/2014
Written By: Nicole L’Esperance, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington, DC– National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following statement following reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has failed to advance the Trade Facilitation Agreement as mandated:

"Failure to advance the Trade Facilitation Agreement today would be a blow to the multilateral trading system.

"In the short term, we hope that the more than 150 members of the WTO who were committed to this outcome will seek to engineer a solution that permits this important agreement to move forward.

"More broadly, today's developments suggest that there is little hope for truly global trade talks to take place. Businesses are multilateralists at heart, but they're also pragmatic and will look to talks among smaller groups to achieve what now appears to be impossible among the entire membership of the World Trade Organization.

"The vast majority of countries who understand the importance of modernizing trade rules and keeping their promises need to pick up the pieces and figure out how to move forward in ways that avoid letting one country hold up shared progress."

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