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).
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.
Since 1948, the WTO system has evolved from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which focused on tariffs and quotas, into a capacious system of public international law, regulating many aspects of national industrial policy having international competitive consequences.
The Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the WTO's predecessor, obliged Japan to import 4% of its rice consumption in fiscal 1995 and to gradually increase the share over a six-year period until it reaches 8% in fiscal 2000.
This process has been used in the negotiation of numerous past trade agreements, including the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO) formerly the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) which substantially opened foreign markets to U.