TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/11)
It is still not clear what exactly the proponents of 'benchmarking' are proposing. However, many developing countries have been sceptical about the concept, believingthat it is being used as an instrument to oblige them to open up more of their servicessectors and in more ways than they would otherwise like.(M.Khor)
A 'brain-storming' session on Friday among nine key members of the World Trade Organization to set quantitative benchmarks in the sluggish Doha Development Agenda services negotiations has failed to bring about convergence
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/10)
More than 160 civil society organizations from around the world sent a letter to WTO ambassadors in Geneva Thursday expressing their deep concerns regarding the current round of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which is part of the 'single undertaking'under the July 2004 Framework
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/8)
Agriculture negotiations resumed in the WTO from 30 May to 3 June, with members engaging since 30 May on issues relating to market access for the first time after an understanding was reached earlier this month among the major countries on the conversion of non ad valorem duties to ad valorem equivalents.