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Free Trade Document to Be Made Public

Apr. 7, 09:34 EDT The Toronto Star
BUENOS AIRES (CP) - Documents concerning the proposed Free Trade Area of the
Americas agreement will be made public, says International Trade Minister
Pierre Pettigrew.
Trade delegates from the 34 countries taking part in the Summit of the
Americas later this month in Quebec City agreed Saturday to release the
documents within the next few weeks, probably after the meeting of national
leaders set for April 20-22.
''I sincerely think that trade negotiations will never be held the same way
again,'' said Pettigrew. ''I am very proud of our work on this front.
''I consider this to be a historic day for Canada, for the countries of our
hemisphere, and for the future of trade negotiations.''
Lobby groups and political parties, in Canada and elsewhere, have long
called for greater transparency in the trade negotiations. Some warned that
closed-door meetings would only allow for the interests of large,
multi-national corporations to be represented.
Pettigrew said Canada did not have to make any concessions in order to have
the documents released. He said the decision will also open the door to
greater transparency at future World Trade Organization negotiations.
The documents, written in Spanish, will be translated into the hemisphere's
three other languages - English, French, and Portuguese.
''As a Canadian, I insisted on translating them into French and my Brazilian
colleague also insisted on having them available in Portuguese,'' he said.
American trade delegate Robert Zoellick confirmed that this decision is the
first of its kind.
''It's an unprecedented move,'' said Zoellick. ''A rough copy of a trade
agreement has never been made public.''
Meanwhile, the trade officials in Buenos Aires agreed to a timetable that
would see the Free Trade Area of the Americas launched by December 2005. The
delegates expect the details of the accord to be completed by January of
that year.
''We are very satisfied with the agreement and with the dates,'' said
Pettigrew.
The Bush administration in the United States had previously indicated it
wanted an agreement ''sooner rather than later,'' and Chile had proposed
reaching a deal as soon as 2003.
But several countries, including Brazil and Venezuela in particular,
appeared to favour more time to prepare key industries for wider
competition.
''2005 is not too ambitious a date if the governments put their political
will behind this,'' said Pedro Camargo, a representative from the Brazilian
agriculture ministry. ''We are ready for (the free trade area by 2005), as
long as it's fair.''

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