The Republican governor also criticized the Clinton administration for being ``tentative'' on the issue and said the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade should be revised to include tougher sanctions for illegal copying of entertainment merchandise.
Since 1986, representatives of the 99 countries that have signed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) have been conducting trade negotiations on a number of topics, including global tariff reductions.
During his tenure at USTR, Ambassador Sorini negotiated over 50 international trade agreements, including aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
The main problem - in terms of conformity - is the requirement under Article XXIV of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the WTOs predecessor, that new agreements cover substantially all trade.
Bhagwati thinks the best way to pursue free trade is through multilateral trade negotiations, such as happened under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and is supposed to happen under the auspices of the World Trade Organization.