Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The dark future of Jordanian agriculture

"Canada on Sunday signed a deal with Jordan that lifts tariffs on the vast majority of its exports as part of a push for increased trade with the Middle East.


Key Canadian sectors that will benefit from this immediate duty-free access include forestry, manufacturing, and agriculture and agri-food, said Day.


Canadian exports to the region, mainly agri-food products, nearly doubled in recent years and topped $64 million in 2008. Imports from Jordan stood at $12.8 million, mainly apparel and agricultural goods.

Jordan was the first Arab country to sign a free-trade agreement with Washington, is a member of the WTO and has an association accord with the EU that paves the way for full lifting of tariffs and customs."

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