NAMA / ITA / EGs

Call for "global jobs pact" amidst rising job losses

Original Publication Date: 
3 June, 2009
The International Labour Organization's ninety-eighth tripartite conference gets under way from 3-19 June amidst the latest ILO labour market projections showing a further increase in the number of unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment

A New Trade Framework for Workers throughout the World

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29 May, 2009
The 32nd Congress of the International Metalworkers Federation held in Sweden this week resolved to mobilise metalworkers around the world for trade policies aimed at creating good jobs for all, promoting the fundamental workers’ rights and ensuring the right for all countries to development and to decent working and living conditions for their citizens.

Lamy Cites Need for Two-Track Approach For Concluding Doha Round of Trade Talks

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27 May, 2009
World Trade Organization director-general Pascal Lamy said May 26 that WTO members should consider a two-track approach towards concluding the troubled Doha Round of trade talks, an idea already floated by the United States for breaking the deadlock in the negotiations.

COSATU commends government’s stance not to rush to conclude Doha round

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26 May, 2009
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) commends the Department of Trade and Industry for opposing the current Doha texts on agriculture and industrial goods. In a statement released on 22 May 2009, it said that SA would not rush for an imperfect Doha deal.

The NAMA Formula vs. Sectorals

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
The European Union and members of the NAMA-11 coalition - including South Africa, India, Brazil and Egypt - yesterday differed with the United States over the pace and timing of sectoral tariff elimination talks in the Doha Development Agenda nonagricultural market access architecture.

End-Feb meeting shows no breakthrough in NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Small group consultations on Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA) have not produced any breakthrough, and members continue to maintain a cautious stance, insisting that there should be movement first in agriculture, the Chair of the NAMA talks, Ambassador Don Stephenson of Canada, reported on 26 February.

No agreement on NAMA tariff cuts at WTO

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Another week (26 Feb to 2 March) of negotiations at the WTO on market access for non-agricultural products (NAMA) ended with no discussions on the key issue of tariff cuts.

Sindicatos de países en desarrollo creen que abrir sus mercados a productos manufacturados generaría desempleo

Original Publication Date: 
11 March, 2007
Los principales representantes sindicales de Brasil, India, Sud

Trade Unions Unite Against Rising Unemployment: WTO Talks Could Worsen Job Climate

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10 March, 2007
Trade union leaders from Brazil, India, South Africa, and other developing countries, traveled this week to a Global Unions meeting in Geneva to deliver a message to WTO members rising unemployment if their countries accept demands by developed countries to open up markets for manufactured goods.

Developing states oppose WTO rebate

Original Publication Date: 
10 March, 2007
Unions from developing countries demanded on Friday that their governments resist pressure from the European Union, the United States and others for deep cuts to industrial tariffs in global free trade talks.

Sindicalistas atacam concess?es a ricos na OMC

Original Publication Date: 
9 March, 2007
Sindicatos de 153 pa

Trade Unions Unite Against Rising Unemployment: WTO Talks Could Worsen Job Climate

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2007
Trade union leaders from Brazil, India, South Africa, and other developing countries, traveled this week to a Global Unions meeting in Geneva to deliver a message to WTO members rising unemployment if their countries accept demands by developed countries to open up markets for manufactured goods. The trade unions' visit comes amid increasing pressure on developing countries to accept steep cuts on industrial tariffs in order to unblock the stalled Doha trade talks.

Developing-state unions oppose WTO concessions

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2007
Unions from developing countries demanded on Friday that their governments resist pressure from the European Union, the United States and others for deep cuts to industrial tariffs in global free trade talks.

OMC: des syndicats s’unissent pour protéger les emplois dans l’industrie

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2007
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Labor leaders from developing countries argue against cuts in industrial tariffs

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7 March, 2007
Labor leaders from Brazil, India, South Africa and eight other developing countries joined together formally for the first time Thursday to fight demands by rich countries in global trade talks for sweeping cuts in industrial tariffs.

Brazil and India Hang Tough

Original Publication Date: 
7 March, 2007
Brazil and India agreed this week to reject a coefficient of '15' as advanced by the European Union and the United States in the tariff-cutting formula for developing countries in the nonagricultural market access negotiations.

Debating ‘10’ and ‘15’

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1 March, 2007
Ahead of another four-member ministerial effort to reach a 'breakthrough' in the long-stalled Doha Development Agenda negotiations, the NAMA-11 coalition of developing countries yesterday warned that a Swiss formula coefficient of '10' for industrialized countries and '15' for developing countries is 'totally unfair and unbalanced.'

NAMA Group concludes four days of consultations

Original Publication Date: 
6 February, 2007
The WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA) concluded on Thursday 25 January four days of consultations in different formats to advance the technical work in the negotiations. The consultations to advance technical work covered areas such as Ad Valorem Equivalents, Non-Tariff Barriers, Recently Acceded Members and sectorals.

A NAMA Caucus

Original Publication Date: 
31 January, 2007
The chair of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations on nonagricultural market access Don Stephenson has created what he calls a NAMA caucus of some two dozen key World Trade Organization members to accelerate work on all core issues.

Real progress needed on NTBs and sectorals, says NAMA Chair

Original Publication Date: 
29 January, 2007
The Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA), in his first open-ended consultations of the new year, encouraged members to work harder on  the issues of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and ‘sectorals’.