[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
World trade blocs: Cairns group
EUNAFTAAPECIntroduction Click on the map to read about the world's trade blocs

The Cairns group of agricultural exporting nations was formed in 1986 to lobby at the last round of world trade talks in order to free up trade in agricultural products.

It is named after the town in Australia where the first meeting took place.

Highly efficient agricultural producers, including those in both developed and developing countries, want to ensure that their products are not excluded from markets in Europe and Asia.

Canada, Brazil and Argentina are other leading members.

Recently key developing country members like Brazil, India and China appear to be working towards forming a separate negotiating group.


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific