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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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.

Meetings where WTO Doha round could be discussed

Original Publication Date: 
26 May, 2009
Trade ministers and other leaders will have a number of opportunities in the coming months to negotiate the Doha round on the sidelines of a series of international meetings.

Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth?

Original Publication Date: 
20 May, 2009
It will send shockwaves through boardrooms if the predictions of the executed campaigner are proved right in a US court

New Report: Europe and U.S. bear special responsibility for food crisis

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19 May, 2009
Key steps identified to shift course and create a just and sustainable global food system

Lula Calls on Saudis to Join Brazil in Creating Petrochemical Powerhouse

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18 May, 2009
Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said this Sunday, May 17, at the end of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia, that he called on king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the two countries to jointly seek reciprocal investment opportunities.

Mideast leaders defend free market at economic forum

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17 May, 2009
Despite capitalism's recently damaged reputation, participants at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East this weekend agreed that minimal regulation was key to growth.

EU stumbles on Canada's internal barriers: Talk ramp up

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15 May, 2009
The historic free-trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union were launched to much fanfare this month, but reaching a deal between the 27-country economic bloc and the provincially dominated federation of Canada will not be a walk in the park.

Chamber Fears Climate Talks Could Set the Stage for TRIPS Changes

Original Publication Date: 
15 May, 2009
Global climate change negotiations could become the battleground to hammer out a second clarification of intellectual property protection rules in the World Trade Organization to strengthen developing countries rights to use patented technology without authorization of rights holders, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Kirk Highlights Need For New Doha Ideas, Doha Review Bumped Up To NEC

Original Publication Date: 
13 May, 2009
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a series of private and public gatherings this week in Geneva stressed the need for trading partners to consider new ideas to help break the current impasse in the Doha round of global trade talks, but also said the U.S. would look to build on the work done so far rather than scrapping it.

Adapting the International Trade Regime to New Challenges: Climate Change

Original Publication Date: 
13 May, 2009
But I am acutely conscious that this focus on the traditional agenda, appropriate though it is, should not obscure the vital need to refresh the mandate of the WTO to deal with tomorrow's problems. Here, the interface between the international trade agenda and the climate change agenda looms larger than any single issue.

Kirk Opens Drive to Revive Doha Round To Achieve Successful Conclusion to Talks

Original Publication Date: 
12 May, 2009
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk met with representatives of key World Trade Organization member countries May 11 for a first round of exchanges on how to get the stalled Doha trade talks back on track and towards a successful conclusion.

International trade helps solve food crisis: WTO

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11 May, 2009
GENEVA (Reuters) - International trade is part of the solution to the global food crisis and not one of its causes, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Sunday.

EU raises stakes for US in biodiesel battle

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5 March, 2009

The European Union is gearing up to slap duties on imported US biodiesel in the latest sign of rising trade tensions as world economies slump into
recession.

S2B Letter to Martin Ríman, EU President

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1 March, 2009

 
The Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B) would like to welcome you in the EU Presidency. We hope
that we will be able to build a constructive dialogue around the EU trade policy – in the direction of
a trade policy that puts people and the environment first.

Standing Firm and Acting Together Against EPAs!

Original Publication Date: 
1 March, 2009

The Africa Trade Network, the broadest, longest -standing network of African social, labour, women’s, faith-based, developmental, environmental, farmers, human rights and other organisations, dealing with the role and effects of international trade and trade agreements in relation to Africa’s needs and aspirations at local, national regional and continental levels, had its 11 Annual Review and Strategy meeting in Accra, Ghana, from 25 to 28 August 2008.

Agriculture Chair to prepare "challenge" paper at end of week

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23 April, 2007
The chair of the WTO’s Doha agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New Zealand, said Friday that he would be preparing a provocative "challenge" paper at the end of next week that would be a precursor to a revised draft of an agriculture text.

Farmers, CSOs reject accord

Original Publication Date: 
18 April, 2007
Over 100 farmers and civil society organisations on Wednesday signed a memorandum rejecting the potential agreement by the Cairns Group and termed it anti-farmer and anti-Pakistan.

Farmers hold protest against WTO regime

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17 April, 2007
Farmers here on Tuesday took out a protest procession against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime, terming it lethal for the farming sector in poor countries.

Bipartisan Majority of U.S. Senate Cautions Bush Against New Concessions in WTO Talks

Original Publication Date: 
16 April, 2007
A bipartisan majority of U.S. senators called on President Bush April 16 to oppose any further concessions in the World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations, saying that other WTO members have still not done enough in terms of offering enhanced market access for U.S. farm products.