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G33 Ministers reiterate commitment to SP, agree on revised indicators

Original Publication Date: 
26 March, 2007
The Group of 33 (G33) developing countries concluded their Ministerial meeting here Wednesday with a communique outlining their continued commitment to Special Products and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SP/SSM) in the WTO's Doha agriculture negotiations, and agreeing on a revised list of indicators for the selection of Special Products.

Not import liberalisation, but justified protection needed for farm sector

Original Publication Date: 
25 March, 2007
Reduction in tariff protection in South Asian agriculture has been the primary cause of import surge, leading to fall in employment in farm activities, lowering of returns to farmers and increased levels of poverty in rural areas.

Debunking Five Myths About the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA)

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2007
Over the next two weeks, Korean and U.S. trade negotiators plan to meet behind closed doors with hopes of reaching an agreement on the KorUS FTA before March 31 deadline.

Children With Diarrhoea need Rice “Kanji”, Not Cannibal Rice

Original Publication Date: 
21 March, 2007
California based Ventria Bioscience has been given preliminary approval to grow a rice containing human genes on 3000 acres in Kansas.

Get realistic with USFTA

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
FEDERATION of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) president Datuk Yong Poh Kon claims that Malaysia has more to gain than lose from signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US (The Star, March 17). While claiming that a balance in views is necessary, it appears that his letter does not appear to be realistic about the possible gains for Malaysia under a USFTA.

Open Markets ‘Impoverishing Pakistani Fishing Communities’

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
Hundreds of local fishing communities are being pushed into poverty in Pakistan due to over fishing by international trawlers, according to new research from ActionAid released today.

Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
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Trade: Concerns raised at WTO over EC's agriculture tariffs

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Despite an increase in the exposure of farmers to world market signals due to the implementation of the 2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), agriculture remained protected by a complex tariff structure, high tariffs, tariff quotas (with unfilled quotas), and benefited from high levels of domestic support and export subsidies.

“Mr. Lamy, Our SP/SSM is Non-negotiable and Can Not Be Compromised”

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Please find IGJ statement that we addressed today in the dialog session between CSO and G-33 delegation during the lunch session from 13.00 to 14.30. Today is the SOM meeting, and tomorrow is the ministerial meeting where Lamy and Mandelsohn will come.

Another ‘Enchilada’ on Services

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
A second Doha Development Agenda services 'Enchilada' session was held yesterday - where Malaysia and South Korea spelled out what they intend to present in their revised services offers and stated 'must-haves' in the final package, trade diplomats said

The FSPI’s Action on G33 Meeting:

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Today (20/3), hundreds of farmers, youth, and farm workers from Federasi Serikat Petani Indonesia (FSPI) march in front of Grand Melia Hotel, Jakarta to strongly urge the G33 countries to stand by the people.

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.

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.

About 200 in protest over Malaysia-US free trade deal

Original Publication Date: 
13 March, 2007
About 200 people opposed to a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States gathered for a rare protest outside the Malaysian prime minister's office Wednesday, demonstrators said.

About 200 in protest over Malaysia-US free trade deal

Original Publication Date: 
13 March, 2007
About 200 people opposed to a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States gathered for a rare protest outside the Malaysian prime minister's office Wednesday

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

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11 March, 2007
Los principales representantes sindicales de Brasil, India, Sud

Asia’s Rice Under Threat!

Original Publication Date: 
11 March, 2007
Rice faces its greatest threat yet. The region was once the centre of thousands of rice varieties developed and nurtured through the innovative wisdom and experimentation of small peasant farmers.

Dhaka inches towards signing TIFA with Washington

Original Publication Date: 
11 March, 2007
Dhaka would soon convey its readiness to Washington about signing the long-awaited trade and investment framework agreement or TIFA, accepting the latter's condition of including 'corruption' issue in the text, top sources in the government said.

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

Original Publication Date: 
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.