Bilateral & Regional Trade

APEC Ministers Agree on WTO Tariff-Cutting Formula for Industrial Goods; USTR Portman Visits China to discuss bilateral trade issues

Original Publication Date: 
9 June, 2005
At the June 2-3 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Cheju, Korea, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman and Trade Ministers from the 20 other APEC economies unanimously endorsed a strong statement advancing an ambitious outcome to the WTO Doha negotiations and spurring further progress toward free and open trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region.

For Bolivia, Neoliberalism is Not an Option

Original Publication Date: 
8 June, 2005
As the Organization of American States completes its three-day session debating the role of free trade and neoliberalism in fostering democracy for the continent, the country of Bolivia is on the brink of a civil war over that very question.

United Nations Children's Committee Warns Nicaragua About CAFTA Threats

Original Publication Date: 
6 June, 2005
Nicaragua was warned last Friday by a United Nations Human Rights Body that Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations should not undermine the State

Bolivia's Poor Indigenous Population Rises Up to Demand Nationalization of their Nation's Energy Resources

Original Publication Date: 
5 June, 2005
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jim Schultz, executive director of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, who analyzes the roots of the nation's popular resistance to U.S.-backed neoliberal economic policies and their connection to the wider progressive movements across Latin America.

RNM Newsletter, June 2, 2005

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2005
Prepared by the Communications Division of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM), this electronic newsletter focuses on the RNM, trade negotiation issues within its mandate and related activities.

Latin America may flex

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2005
World trade talks could slip up over bananas at a key meeting in December if Latin America digs its heels in over a row with Europe that has simmered all year

Trade Policy Steep Tariff Reductions Necessary In WTO Talks to Benefit U.S. Exporters

Original Publication Date: 
23 May, 2005
National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), said that hundreds of millions of dollars a year worth of priority NFTC-member non-agricultural exports to six countries--Brazil, Egypt, India, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey--currently face 'uncertain' or 'prohibitive' tariffs.

Fair Trade Advocates Say Open Markets Could Shatter Small Farms

Original Publication Date: 
22 May, 2005
'[CAFTA] is going to be a disaster for farmers, in particular in the other member countries,' predicted Robert Scott, director of international programs at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI),

Deputy Minister talks between SACU, US cancelled, no new date set

Original Publication Date: 
5 May, 2005
A deputy ministers meeting meant to restart talks on a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the Southern African Customs Union were cancelled this week and efforts to reschedule the meeting were unsuccessful.

RNM Update

Original Publication Date: 
7 April, 2005
Latest news from the Carribean Regional Negotrating Machinery

Indonesia, U.S. revive bilateral trade and investment talks

Original Publication Date: 
1 April, 2005
Indonesia and the United States met and revived bilateral talks on trade and investment here on Friday -- a move that could lead to free trade negotiations between the two countries.

Critics Say Deficit Argues For Quitting WTO

Original Publication Date: 
26 March, 2005
'I don't believe we can force American withdrawal, but once every five years we get to vote on it,' said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. 'And I think we can have a very vigorous debate.'

US Draft Paper Counters Development Agenda In WIPO

Original Publication Date: 
24 March, 2005
The paper, titled 'Establishment of a Partnership Program in WIPO' states that WIPO already has a 'robust development agenda' in all its work, and it clearly ignores and sidesteps the demands of the proponents of a 'development agenda' in WIPO.

US draft paper counters Development Agenda in WIPO

Original Publication Date: 
24 March, 2005
The US has informally circulated a draft paper containing its views and proposals for the meeting in WIPO on a Development Agenda.

American Corn Growers Oppose Ratification Of CAFTA

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
Larry Mitchell, American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) Chief Executive Officer, today stated his organization’s opposition to the U.S. ratification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

WTO Members Adopt Cotton Work Program, Widen Scope To All Trade-Distorting Policies

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
Groser later told the subcommittee meeting that it was 'inconceivable' that a successful outcome in the Doha agriculture talks can be achieved without serious reform in domestic support and cotton, according to officials in attendance.

American Corn Growers Oppose Ratification of CAFTA

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
Larry Mitchell, American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) Chief Executive Officer, today stated his organization's opposition to the U.S. ratification of the CAFTA.

WTO Members Adopt Cotton Work Program, Widen Scope to All Trade-Distorting Policies

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2005
Members of the WTO formally adopted a work program for the new WTO subcommittee on cotton.

Free Trade Area / US-Thailand Negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
21 March, 2005
The negotiations have attracted strong opposition and raised concern among many Thai social advocates, trade union and NGO activists, as well as academics and armers.

UK says poor will suffer in trade plan

Original Publication Date: 
21 March, 2005
Planned trade deals between the EU and the world's poorest countries must be radically rethought to allow poor nations to liberalise markets at their own pace and in their own time, the UK will demand today.