4th Ministerial, Doha 2001

US and EU can't implement their proposed 'development package'

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15 December, 2005
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

Lamy Sets Morning Deadline For Amendments To Declaration Text

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15 December, 2005
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.

WTO rich balk as poor demand more

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15 December, 2005
A WTO development package that aims to boost trade in developing nations by providing duty-free, quota-free access to imports has drawn fire from poor countries.

COSATU Press statement on NAMA ? issued from Hong Kong

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15 December, 2005
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

Civil society calls on rich countries to stop imposing extreme demands on developing countries

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15 December, 2005
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

Day 4 at the WTO ministerial: no movements but powerful countries hold secret 'green rooms'

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15 December, 2005
On its fourth day (Dec 16) the WTO

Frustration builds at WTO talks as EU and US stand firm

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15 December, 2005
The European Union and the United States stuck to their guns at the WTO talks, with both sides repeating demands for concessions on key issues as frustration grew over the lack of progress.

US organizations support demand for withdrawal of 'Annex C' on services - end pressure on developing countries in services talks

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15 December, 2005
As U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations, we support developing countries

Patched-up, even procedural deal, in Hong Kong will be worse than failure

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14 December, 2005
At the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong for the sixth Ministerial conference, unless developing countries against pressures -- from the WTO leaders, the US-EC-Japan and their transnational corporate lobbies -- they may be setting themselves up for another highly imbalanced outcome and a more oppressive multilateral trading system.

EU NGOs slam development package of EU

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14 December, 2005
European NGOs have sharply criticized the EU development package today at the WTO Ministerial Conference in HongKong.

Rural Women speak against WTO in Hong Kong

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14 December, 2005
In yesterday's opening of the Asia Pacific Women's Village at Victoria Park, and during the Talanoa event, the voices of Asian women against WTO were consolidated

Trade ministers look beyond Hong Kong; cotton raises stakes

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14 December, 2005
Trade ministers struggled to make progress toward a new pact to boost global commerce and faced an immediate challenge from African cotton farmers demanding a deal to cut subsidies.

Canadian organizations issue statement critical of government?s GATS position at WTO Ministerial

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14 December, 2005
In a joint statement released today, Canadian organizations called on the federal government to stop the anti-development services agenda at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong

Poor countries flex muscles at WTO talks

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14 December, 2005
Global trade talks were confronted with growing pressure from poorer countries, with African cotton producers and Latin American banana exporters leading the charge for fairer treatment.

'Aid for Trade' is a deceptive ploy and destructive aid

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14 December, 2005
Press statement on 'Aid for Trade':The Reality of Aid, an international network of more than 80 national and regional networks representing thousands of civil society organizations, calls the US proposal in the WTO ministerial conference to increase funds for the 'aid for trade' program as 'illusory, deceptive, and destructive.'