Archive - 2005 - Article

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ARENA special bulletin on WTO

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
special bulletin on the WTO replaces the usual Summer newsletter of ARENA for this Summer 2005

TRIPS transition period for LDCs extended 7.5 years with conditions

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
Least developed country members as a group were granted extension of transitional period for 7.5 years to apply the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. The extension is however subject to conditions that have been criticized by experts as severely constraining the benefits of the extension granted.

Stitched Up: Social fabric torn apart by end of quotas, Blind Faith that it won?t happen again

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
Two new reports jointly released today by the ICFTU and Solidar raise alarm bells over the planned further liberalisation of TCF and general manufacturing sectors by the WTO.

WTO deals pose global threat: report

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
With only days left before the World Trade Organization holds its sixth ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, a new report claims that the agreements reached at these trade negotiations pose a threat to people and their environment around the world.

INTERVIEW-Congress may reject WTO duty-free farm plan

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
The U.S. Congress would probably reject a proposed deal by global trade ministers to give duty-free access to the world's poorest nations if the plan does not also open new markets for American farmers

WTO General Council agrees to put services text in square brackets

Original Publication Date: 
5 December, 2005
The WTO's General Council agreed to show that there is no agreement on the controversial Annex on services in the draft Ministerial text to be sent to the WTO's Hong Kong Ministerial conference to beheld on 13-18 December.

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New Video Highlights Suffering Caused by WTO Policies in Textiles and Clothing

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
The Global Union representing workers in the textile and clothing sector has released a new video drawing attention to the plight of workers in the sector following the liberalisation of trade at the start of 2005.

Keeping Hong Kong On Line

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
Trade ministers of the United States, the European Union, Brazil, India, Japan and Australia meeting here on Saturday in an informal session hosted by the United States agreed broadly on what can be delivered in next week's Hong Kong trade conference for least-developed countries

ASEAN alternative services proposal

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
ASEAN (fve members) alternative proposal to the Services Annex C for the draft ministerial text

Intense activity as General Council debates Hong Kong text

Original Publication Date: 
4 December, 2005
WTO members were engaging in intense informal negotiations anddiscussions on Friday, 2 December focused on how to respondto the revised draft Ministerial text to be transmitted to the WTO'sHong Kong Ministerial Conference starting 13 December.