Hopes recede for green goods trade deal

WTO environment committee no closer to agreeing way forward at last session before Hong Kong ministerial

The chances of a December deal to liberalise trade in environmental goods look slim following talks in the World trade organisation environment committee last week. Industrialised and developing countries remain far apart on how to choose which products should benefit from tariff reductions.

Governments have been discussing environmental goods as part of the Doha round of trade liberalisation talks launched in late 2001. The plan has been to reach agreement at a major ministerial session in Hong Kong in December.

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