The United States is hiding behind a 'gigantic great smokescreen' in a bid to dodge its duty to cotton farmers in Africa, European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson charged at WTO talks that continue in Hong Kong.
Vital social services such as water, education and health may soon be beyond the reach of the poorest Filipinos if current World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on services liberalization are successful, according to the Our World is not for Sale (OWINFS) global coalition against the multilateral trade body.
Members of the World Trade Organization seemed to be making some progress on an initiative to help the world's poorest countries on the third day of the Hong Kong ministerial, where the U.S. has come under intense pressure to provide duty-free, quota-free access to all products from least-developed countries
Rich nations came under fresh attack for refusing to give ground on farm protection at world trade talks on Thursday as nations grouping more than half of the world's population warned of an 'impasse well into the future'.
World trade talks plunged into disarray on Friday as rich nations exchanged accusations over their long-protected farm markets and struggled even to agree on a package of measures to help the world's poorest.
By Chee Yoke Ling, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues
Some key elements of the 'development package' that has been floated at the Hong Kong Ministerial cannot be taken at face value because neither the EU nor the US can guarantee that they can implement what they have promised
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy has set a 6 a.m. Dec. 17 deadline for members to offer proposals for amending a Hong Kong ministerial declaration to further define the goals for the Doha round.
As the talks at the WTO continue, the Southern African region, Africa and other developing countries and regions face an ever increasing threat to catastrophic jobs and even the very real potential of de-industrialisation