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IMSSinEils®® No. Date 39

MN29 12 O c t o b e r 1989

AUSTRALIA-UNITED STATES TRADE TALKS

The M i n i s t e r f o r Tr ade N e g o t i a t i o n s , Mi ch ae l D u f f y ,

a nnounced t oday he would v i s i t W as hi ngt on on 19-20 O c t o b e r 1989

f o r f o r m a l M i n i s t e r i a l T rad e T a l k s .

The U n i t e d S t a t e s w i l l be r e p r e s e n t e d by t h e U.S.

T rad e R e p r e s e n t a t i v e , Ms C a r l a H i l l s .

Mr Duffy s a i d t h e t a l k s would c o v e r a wide r an g e of

b i l a t e r a l and m u l t i l a t e r a l t r a d e i s s u e s . These i n c l u d e d the

1990 Farm B i l l , t h e c o n t i n u i n g u s e of t h e E x p o r t Enhancement

Program, and s t e e l and s u g a r a c c e s s t o t h e U.S.

Mr Duffy s a i d he had n o t e d a " l o s s of momentum" in t he

c r i t i c a l l y i m p o r t a n t m u l t i l a t e r a l Uruguay Round of t h e GATT.

He would u r g e t h e U.S. t o t a k e a s t r o n g l e a d e r s h i p r o l e i n t h e

n e g o t i a t i o n s .

"Ms H i l l s i s one of t h e key n e g o t i a t o r s i n t h e Round

and I w i l l be m a i n t a i n i n g c l o s e m i n i s t e r i a l c o n t a c t w i t h h e r as

t h e n e g o t i a t i o n s r e a c h t h e f i n a l s t a g e s n e x t y e a r " , Mr Duffy

s a i d .

"The Uruguay Round i s s c h e d u l e d t o c o n c l u d e i n

December 1990 and w h i l e t h e r e has been e n c o u r a g i n g p r o g r e s s

much r e m a i n s t o be n e g o t i a t e d i n a g r i c u l t u r e p a r t i c u l a r l y

m a r k e t a c c e s s a r e a s such as t a r i f f s , n o n - t a r i f f b a r r i e r s and

n a t u r a l r e s o u r c e s . "

Mr Duffy s a i d he would a l s o meet w i t h key

C o n g r e s s i o n a l f i g u r e s such as House Ways and Means Committee

Cha ir man, Dan R o s t e n k o w s k i and U. S. A g r i c u l t u r e S e c r e t a r y ,

C l a y t o n Y e u t t e r . Mr Y e u t t e r l e d t h e US d e l e g a t i o n t o t h e f i r s t

U S / A u s t r a l i a M i n i s t e r i a l Tr ade t a l k s i n C a n b e r r a i n J a nu ar y

1988. .

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