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
Press release: As the WTO's Hong Kong Ministerial enters its last phase, over 80 civil society organizations, made a joint statement expressing grave concerns about the state of the negotiations, as the current proposals of developed countries particularly on NAMA, Services and Agriculture, do not have development content and are in fact anti-developmental in nature
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Dec 05)
The WTO Ministerial Conference seemed on the verge of unravelling after its third day, with many developing countries voicing opposition to the services part of the draft Declaration, and positions in non-agricultural market access being even more apart than before.
The European Union stood firm Dec. 16 in resisting demands from key trading partners for an agreement at the World Trade Organization's Hong Kong ministerial conference on an end date for the elimination of export subsidies