Businesses push for WTO deal on green products

A group of companies led by the US-based National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) has urged negotiators to reach a deal on the liberalisation of trade in environmental goods and services ahead of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in November.

Discussions in this area are progressing very slowly as part of the Doha round of trade talks. Cuts in trade barriers for green products and services are on the agenda of a WTO ministerial meeting in late November. The US firms, which include General Electric (GE), raised the issue with key negotiators last week.

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