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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.

America open to FTA with India

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6 March, 2007
The US is open to a Free Trade Agreement with India but wants bilateral economic engagement to increase further, a senior US government official said.

2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum and US views on the WTO agricultural negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
5 March, 2007
This paper makes some comments on the paper presented the 1st March 2007 by William R. Cline at the 2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington.

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.'

Round Table Discussion on SP/SSM

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1 March, 2007
Last February 28, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), PUMALAG and the IBON Foundation organized a Roundtable Discussion on WTO and the SP/ SSM in the UP Hotel in Quezon City. It was a lively discussion attended by around 100 participants from peasant organizations, fisher folk groups, trade unions, peasant women organizations, religious congregations, anti-imperialist organizations, a representative in Congress and the Cuban Ambassador as well as the Charges de Affaires of Venezuela.

Round Table Discussion on SP/SSM

Original Publication Date: 
28 February, 2007
Last February 28, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), PUMALAG and the IBON Foundation organized a Roundtable Discussion on WTO and the SP/ SSM in the UP Hotel in Quezon City. It was a lively discussion attended by around 100 participants from peasant organizations, fisher folk groups, trade unions, peasant women organizations, religious congregations, anti-imperialist organizations, a representative in Congress and the Cuban Ambassador as well as the Charges de Affaires of Venezuela.

New IATP Paper: “The Guessing Game: how will the U.S. play agriculture trade in 2007?”

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27 February, 2007
In a new paper, IATP explores the internal politics of U.S. agriculture to help uncover how the U.S. will play agriculture in 2007.

Opening up of agri markets may harm developing nations

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25 February, 2007
WTO director general Pascal Lamy recently admitted that US, the European Union and India are close to a compromise that would break the deadlock in WTO negotiations.

Indonesia to share bird-flu samples only if there is new system

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22 February, 2007
The Indonesian Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, has maintained that Indonesia will continue withholding its bird flu virus samples from foreign laboratories until there is a new global mechanism for virus sharing that has better terms for developing countries.

Indonesia's move on bird flu samples highlights key access issues

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22 February, 2007
The reluctance of Indonesia to freely provide bird flu samples to the World Health Organisation because of the fear that commercial companies would obtain them to develop patented products is understandable, since samples of other viruses given to WHO have previously been used by corporations to obtain patents

Farmers and fishers disrupt Lamy’s meeting with business

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22 February, 2007
Vowing to let Pascal Lamy hear the loud cries of poor sectors, farmers and fishers gate crashed and disrupted a meeting today organized by Philippine business with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy.

U.S. Farmers Link with Farmers Around the World on Farm Policy

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21 February, 2007
Sixty farm, faith, consumer, environmental, development and rural advocacy organizations today declared the current U.S. agricultural trade model

TRIPS/CBD, enforcement dominate talks at TRIPS Council

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20 February, 2007
The relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity and the issue of enforcement of TRIPS provisions dominated the discussions at a meeting of the TRIPS Council on Tuesday 13 February.

Political compulsions keep SAARC, SAFTA?from growing?

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18 February, 2007
How far the developing countries will be able to carry on with the least developed ones, by giving them more concessions will determine which way South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) goes.

WHO DG regrets her reported remarks on Thai compulsory licenses

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14 February, 2007
The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Margaret Chan, has sent a letter to Thailand's Health Minister expressing regret for the embarrassment caused to his government by remarks she was reported to have made in Bangkok that were critical of the compulsory licenses granted by the government for three medicines.

Not Under the Same Sky: Bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

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13 February, 2007
This publication is an initial report on the spread of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) throughout the Asia-Pacific and their impacts on agriculture and food sovereignty, in the context of the current state of play of the WTO, and the devastating legacy of agricultural liberalisation through World Bank/International Monetary Fund structural adjustment programmes.

WTO Services negotiations set to intensify

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13 February, 2007
At a meeting of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services at the WTO on Friday 2 February, WTO members reiterated that services is central to the 'triangle' of issues on market access in agriculture and NAMA negotiations.

Southern Africa: Balance between free market and state-run food security needed

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
Southern African countries have shown willingness to experiment with liberalising the agriculture sector, but food security experts feel that some form of government intervention is still required to prevent hunger in the region.

Need to reduce agri support for WTO talks to go forward

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11 February, 2007
The prospects of forward movement in WTO talks seems bleak if developed countries do not give a clear commitment to drastically reduce their support to the farm sector.

Need to change the WTO rules on Green Box subsidies (3rd of 3 articles on Green Box)

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8 February, 2007
New disciplines are urgently needed to restrict the developed countries' wrong use of Green Box subsidies that are presently permitted under WTO rules, otherwise these subsidies will continue to distort agricultural production and trade, at the expense of developing countries.