NAMA Wagon 2 proposals Negotiation Group meeting March 2012

Earlier this week, we continued discussions on the way forward in the Wagon 2 proposals of the NAMA negotiations. At the outset, the Chair informed the membership that New Zealand decided to withdraw their proposal on Forestry products, citing as reason the lack of support from other Members, which could not justify addressing the proposal any longer.

Although the meeting did not address each of the proposals in order, most of the proposals were somehow alluded to by the Members. Although no other proponent is willing to give up on their proposals, most of the statements veered towards supporting the focus of negotiations on the Wagon 1 proposals.

The Chair of the NAMA negotiating group, Ambassador Luzius Wasescha, proposed to offer his conclusions after the meeting on the Tariffs aspects of the negotiation later this week.