At a Group-of-Six informal meeting last Friday, India and Japan pressed World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy to prepare a 'final text' in preparation for wrapping up the four-year-old Doha Development Agenda negotiations.
Corporate lobbyists have an undue influence on the current global trade talks, says a new report by ActionAid International. The report launches on the first day of the World Economic Forum at Davos, where 25 trade ministers will meet for a 'mini-ministerial'.
In advance of a major speech on the Doha round by European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, the top EU official in Geneva this week told member states the that EU has no plans to put forward a new offer to reduce its farm tariffs.
Europe may suffer a bruising next month when a world trade panel delivers its long-awaited verdict on whether the EU's six-year blockade on biotech crops and foods was tantamount to a protectionist trade barrier.
contents are: 1) What happened in Hong Kong?; 2) Agriculture: the art of deception; 3) Services: another win for corporations; 4) NAMA: reducing development to a formula; 5) Development Package: a slap in the face; 6) The Way Forward: asking the questions; and 7) Documents