Archive - out 2005 - Article

outubro 31st

Services: Developing Countries jointly object to 'targets' in Ministerial draft; and attack EU paper

Original Publication Date: 
30 October, 2005
Fourteen developing countries have issued a joint paper during the services negotiations at the WTO objecting to having any reference to 'targets' as an negotiating approach in the services text of the Ministerial Declaration for the forthcoming WTO conference in Hong Kong.

EU agriculture proposal shifts burden to Developing Countries in NAMA and Services

Original Publication Date: 
30 October, 2005
The European Union on Friday 28 October afternoon presented a new proposal on agriculture which also contains its demands on other areas, especially services and non agricultural market access.

Open Invitation: Asian Movements? Strategy Meeting against WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting

Original Publication Date: 
30 October, 2005
Korean movements have designated 13th to 19th November to be a week of action against APEC, with a people

outubro 29th

The great GATS scandal

Original Publication Date: 
28 October, 2005
The latest maneuvers in the WTO vis a vis the GATS to torpedo its more development friendly elements is extremely worrying. This is an article on how this has been orchestrated, the opposition from developing countries, and the implications of the draft Ministerial text (26 October) for developing countries which the Chair has released.

WTO Clears Saudi Arabia's Entry

Original Publication Date: 
28 October, 2005
Saudi Arabia was given a green light on Friday to join the World Trade Organization, in time to participate in December's crucial ministerial summit in Hong Kong

outubro 28th

Letter from Mandelson to Lamy

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
letter sent from Commissioner Mandelson to WTO Director-General, Pascal Lamy, expressing concerns about the lack of progress in the NAMA and services negotiations

EU Offer to Cut Farm Support Falls Short, U.S. Says

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
The European Union's offer today to cut its farm tariffs by as much as 60 percent falls short of expectations because the proposal allows exemptions that would block key exports, U.S. officials and industry groups said.

Impasse on talks on TRIPS and Health 'permanent solution'

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
An impasse became evident on negotiations on the major remaining issue relating to the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health when some key members appeared far apart on a solution, and disagreed even on how the process of consultations is going on, during a meeting of the TRIPS Council on 25 October.

EU tables new offer in Doha World Trade talks; calls for immediate movement on services and industrial goods

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
EU has tabled new proposals on agriculture and other areas of the DDA trade talks to its negotiating partners in the 'Five Interested Parties' (FIPs).

LDCs request exemption from TRIPS for another 15 years

Original Publication Date: 
27 October, 2005
The least developed countries in the WTO have made a request to the TRIPS Council to extend the transitional period for their implementing the TRIPS Agreement for a further 15 years after the present transition period expires at the end of this year.