6th Ministerial, Hong Kong 2005

Report 5 on UNCTAD meetings: Global, national policy reform stressed in UNCTAD MTR report

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
Proposals for better United Nations system-wide coherence should start by addressing the need for coordinated economic global policy-making, which is lagging behind the problems caused by increasing interdependence.

Report 4 on UNCTAD meetings: Lively UNCTAD debate on policy space, development strategy

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
An interesting debate took place at the Trade and Development Board (TDB) of UNCTAD on the question of "policy space", on the imbalances of existing multilateral rules in some areas and their absence in others, and the impact of this on developing countries' ability to formulate national development policies.

Reports on UNCTAD's Annual Board (TDB) Session: Report 1 on the Opening

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
The UN Trade and Development Board's annual session started today with UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi giving his opening statement as scheduled.

Schwab says US will not make new WTO offer unilaterally

Original Publication Date: 
5 October, 2006
U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week said the U.S. would not offer another unilateral proposal in the WTO to reduce its domestic agricultural support, as requested by other members.

Mandelson drops development guise and launches final attack on European Social model

Original Publication Date: 
3 October, 2006
The EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will today announce a damaging new corporate-driven trade strategy, warn European activist groups and civil society organisations united in the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B).

A Slow-Go on DDA - USTR Schwab

Original Publication Date: 
3 October, 2006
US Trade Representative Susan Schwab yesterday all but ruled out the possibility that the United States will put a major new offer on the table to get the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Agenda trade round back on track, but expressed confidence the talks will eventually be revived.

Looking To US, EU For Restart

Original Publication Date: 
3 October, 2006
Developing-country coalitions yesterday reiterated their view that the resumption of the suspended Doha Development Agenda negotiations can only recommence when industrialized countries spell out in specifics what they are prepared to do in trade-distorting domestic support and the market access pillars of the farm trade talks

Top leaders, intellectuals for Doha trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
2 October, 2006
Top leaders and intellectuals from developing and developed nations will convene in Qatar next month to revive trade liberalisation talks and to arrive at the best way to support the former countries in their trade expansion to enhance their economic growth and ease poverty.

Mr. Mandelsons Quiet Diplomacy

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2006
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson ended three days of quiet exploratory discussions here in Washington with a plea for all sides to show more flexibility in order to get the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Agenda negotiations back on track.

US, EU report no substantive progress on Doha differences

Original Publication Date: 
28 September, 2006
U.S. and European Union trade officials this week acknowledged they have made no progress in narrowing their substantive differences on the Doha round of World Trade Organization negotiations in their most recent discussions leading up to this week's visit of EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

US Criticizes China's Services Practices

Original Publication Date: 
27 September, 2006
The United States raised some sharp concerns over China's lack of compliance with its scheduled commitments as spelled out in its 2001 accession protocol to the World Trade Organization.

Doha in the Capitals

Original Publication Date: 
27 September, 2006
The fate of the Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations will depend largely on what happens in respective national capitals at this juncture, suggesting that there is little point in resuming the suspended talks without a material change in the negotiating positions.

DDA Fate Still Unclear - USTR Schwab

Original Publication Date: 
27 September, 2006
Some progress is quietly being made at the technical level on the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Agenda trade talks but it still remains unclear whether an agreement can be reached.

G-20, trade powers clamour for WTO talks

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2006
The Group of 20 emerging countries and world trade heavyweights the United States, European Union and Japan clamoured on Monday for a resumption of the WTO Doha Round of negotiations, but offered no hard specifics on when or how.

G20 meeting gives flicker of hope??

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2006
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said on Sunday that rich and developing nations had agreed that talks on a global trade pact should be renewed although differences remained over farm subsidies and market access.