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Thursday, December 15, 2005

EU....

[Via Simon linklets] This says a lot about the EU and the US...
The EU, you see, views U.S. donations of food to starving countries as a form of trade distortion -- and says that rather than giving food, the U.S. should give cash, which the local authorities could use to buy food -- presumably much of it from the EU. The EU complaint is part of a continuing effort to divert attention from the fact that everyone is saying the EU has to make a much better offer to allow market access to its own domestic agricultural market.
Aid is a distortion if it is given by the US but I lived in Africa and the French use aid to principally support their own companies. They gave cash or grants that had to be spent on goods and services from only their country. It hilarious for them to accuse the US of distorting when they are guilty of worse.

2 Comments:

At 3:59 PM, Blogger sipakv said...

It's not only the French... The US also gives grants and cash to be spent on goods and services from only US companies !

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Glenzo said...

Yes, I know that. Most countries do it that way. When they give grants, they require that only nations get the consulting work and things like that. However, the French get such credit and try to promote themselves, while painting the US as distroting trade throught he gifts of food.

There position is just crass politics and does not have the poor in mind just their own interests. Notice how this politisation is being advertised prior and during the WTO where they are trying to defend their undefensible position.

 

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