Steel 'beefs' at WTO a tough cut, for now

Dec 23, 2005 | 05:21 AM | Scott Robertson

As an experienced international attorney representing various trade interests, Gary N. Horlick has seen more than his share of beefs settled at the negotiating table. But even a rock-hard chunk of overcooked steak might be easier to cut than a deal on dismantling trade barriers in manufacturing judging by recent events in Hong Kong.

Horlick, a partner in Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr LLP, represented the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) during the recently concluded 6th World Trade Organization Ministerial in Hong Kong. From a global steel trade perspective, negotiators exited the talks at pretty much the same point they entered, he said.

"There was not a lot of backtracking," he said of the talks. "Generally, I think the key point is that the U.S., Europe, Brazil and India all want an overall deal (on dismantling trade barriers in manufacturing) by April 1, 2007. I think as we get closer to that deadline, you'll see more movement toward a deal."....

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