Friday, July 08, 2005

Business as Usual

The G8 summit has concluded.
"The people have roared but the G8 has whispered," said Kumi Naidoo, chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty.
Some progess has been made but not nearly enough. The next key prospect for progress is in December at the World Trade Organisation.
Mr Blair said trade discussions in Hong Kong later this year should yield an end date to agricultural subsidies.
These agricultural subsidies are a huge barrier to development in many poor countries. As I see it, the left and the right are agreed that they should be scrapped. Public pressure must continue if real progress is to be made.

The BBC has also put the G8 Gleneagles Communique online (pdf). I've not had a chance to look at it yet. Just flagging that it's there.

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