Services/GATS

G8 moves a bit on aid and debt, but fails on trade and climate

Original Publication Date: 
14 July, 2005
The recent G8 Summit in Gleneagles has been proclamed to be proofof the G8's new commitment to development. However the outcome was mixed, with some progress in aid and debt.

Services Assessment by the Chair, Ambassador Jara

Original Publication Date: 
11 July, 2005
Assessment issued by the Chair of the Services Negotiations to the TNC.

A ?Bold Course? Needed for Services

Original Publication Date: 
10 July, 2005
A 'bold course of action' to bring services negotiations on par with agriculture and market access for industrials in the ongoing Doha Development Agenda is needed

Brazilian Intervention in the Council for Trade in Services

Original Publication Date: 
5 July, 2005
Brazil's intervention on July 1st 2005.

North and South countries differ on assessment of services talks, and on the need or otherwise for new negotiating approach

Original Publication Date: 
4 July, 2005
Some major developed and developing countries have been giving significantly different assessments of the state of the services negotiations during the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services held at the World Trade Organisation on 27 June to 1 July.

US Plan in GATS

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
The United States yesterday presented some ideas for a new work plan to speed the pace of the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations

Local and Regional Reaction to GATS and Similar Trade Rules (Updated)

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
This is an update of Edward Sussex's paper on Local and Regional Reaction to GATS and Similar Trade Rules.

GATS Benchmarks - exchanges of non-papers

Original Publication Date: 
30 June, 2005
the EU has recently tabled a non-paper on benchmarking in GATS. The response from 'Brazil' is NOT a formal Brazilian response but is apparently a view shared by many other delegations.

Controversial 'benchmarking' idea to dominate GATS talks?

Original Publication Date: 
27 June, 2005
It is still not clear what exactly the proponents of 'benchmarking' are proposing. However, many developing countries have been sceptical about the concept, believingthat it is being used as an instrument to oblige them to open up more of their servicessectors and in more ways than they would otherwise like.(M.Khor)

Services Still At a Standstill in Geneva

Original Publication Date: 
26 June, 2005
A 'brain-storming' session on Friday among nine key members of the World Trade Organization to set quantitative benchmarks in the sluggish Doha Development Agenda services negotiations has failed to bring about convergence

Civil society groups voice concerns over GATS talks at WTO

Original Publication Date: 
26 June, 2005
More than 160 civil society organizations from around the world sent a letter to WTO ambassadors in Geneva Thursday expressing their deep concerns regarding the current round of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which is part of the 'single undertaking'under the July 2004 Framework

Trade: WTO Rules Group discusses new proposal on anti-dumping

Original Publication Date: 
24 June, 2005
The WTO Negotiating Group on Rules, holding a weeklong meeting (30 May - 3 June), has received a new proposal with respect to thedetermination of dumping margins under the Anti-Dumping Agreement.

A ?Green Room? Meeting Today

Original Publication Date: 
22 June, 2005
World Trade Organization Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi holds a small 'green room' meeting today to finalize how the process leading to the end-of-July General Council session can be conducted

Civil Society Slams Services Negotiations at the WTO; Developing Countries Pressured To Open Services to Foreign Corporations

Original Publication Date: 
22 June, 2005
Over 160 civil society organizations from around the world sent a letter to WTO ambassadors today calling on negotiators to stop pressuring developing countries to open up their services sector to the corporations based in industrialized countries.

G20 Proposal on the Green Box

Original Publication Date: 
21 June, 2005
The main objective of this review and clarification is to ensure that domestic support measures notified conform to the fundamental requirement that they have no, or at most minimal, trade-distorting effects or effects on production

Canadian Proposal on the Green Box

Original Publication Date: 
21 June, 2005
In response to the Chair

Chamber of Deputies unanimously approves parliamentary bill to free Aids drug patents

Original Publication Date: 
3 June, 2005
The Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (CCJ) unanimously approved a Bill modifying Article 18 of the Brazilian Patents Law thereby freeing Aids drugs from patent coverage.

Inside U.S. Trade, ATTORNEYS GENERAL SEEK CLOSER CONSULTATION IN SERVICES TALKS

Original Publication Date: 
2 June, 2005
Attorneys general from 29 states called on the Bush Administration this week to consult with them more closely when formulating positions on the services negotiations in the Doha round.

Summary of the EU?s revised services offer in the Doha negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2005
Summary of EU's revised services offer in the WTO negotiations.

Lawmakers Press U.S. Trade Negotiators To 'Stand Firm' on U.S. Trade Laws at WTO

Original Publication Date: 
30 May, 2005
A bipartisan group of some two dozen members of Congress May 27 called on U.S. negotiators to 'stand firm' against efforts to weaken U.S. trade laws in talks at the World Trade Organization scheduled to be held the week of May 30.