Brazil and Thailand come to an agreement over a WTO dispute about sugar subsidies

Published Feb 25, 2024

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Thailand and Brazil have resolved a longstanding dispute over Thailand's sugarcane plantation and sugar-milling procedures, which Brazil alleged violated World Trade Organisation (WTO) subsidies. The agreement was reached at the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi. Over the past eight years, Thailand has been aligning its sugar industry with WTO regulations, culminating in the implementation of the 2022 Sugarcane and Sugar Act. A bilateral consultation mechanism was also established in 2021 to oversee this process.
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Pimchanok Pitfield, Thailand’s permanent representative at the WTO and at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, said the dispute came to a formal end after an agreement was signed on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Pimchanok said she and her Brazilian counterpart, Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, had been granted full authority by their respective governments to sign the agreement during the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference. The conference is being hosted by the UAE from February 26 to 29. The dispute stemmed from a complaint Brazil filed with the WTO in 2016, alleging that Thailand’s sugarcane plantation and sugar-milling procedures violated the subsidies granted by WTO. Pimchanok said after Brazil filed the complaint, the two countries have been consulting to try and solve the problem. Over the past eight years, she said Thailand has taken steps to show its sincerity in tackling the issues that Brazil is concerned about. It has also been reforming its sugar ...
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