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Quadrilateral (“Quad”) and the GATT Policy Negotiations

In relation to the GATT Policy Negotiations, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following explanation and/or definition of Quadrilateral (“Quad”): In GATT parlance, a meeting involving senior trade officials or ministers from the United States, Japan, the European Community, and Canada, convened to discuss trade policy matters and review the status of multilateral negotiations. In trade policy, a Quad meeting at the ministerial level is the equivalent of a 0-7 finance ministers' meeting, since the EC speaks for Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom on trade matters.

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