WTO is Stymied

Published: Wednesday, 09/21/2005 12:00 am EDT

Neither the U.S. nor the EU is willing to proceed before the other, both are stymied, and so is the World Trade Organization. This opinion was made by Peter Clark, chairman of the multidisciplinary Grey, Clark, Shih consultancy, at the National Press Club on Sept. 14. Among other problems, he said, there are such diverse abilities among the world' developing countries that the WTO has become the World Training Organization. "The WTO insists it is not broken," he said, "just dysfunctional." Improper use of food aid and preferential trade agreements must go, "but the most serious cancer in the system is undisciplined domestic support." Before hearing ambassadors and other embassy officials who lined up with questions, Mr. Clark concluded, "It's going to get messy. Then, hopefully, it will get better."

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