Articles

WTO rejoices over Kamal Nath's exit from trade and commerce

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2009

Geneva heaves a sigh of relief. With Kamal Nath moved out of the Indian Commerce Ministry, the probability of concluding the contentious Doha Development Round of the WTO appears much brighter. Not that Kamal Nath was un-necessarily throwing spanners but his strong grip over the trade negotiations helped India to resist bullying and arm-twisting by the big boys of international trade.

Canada-Colombia Trade Deal Removed from Canadian Government's Legislative Agenda

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2009
As a result of increasing parliamentary and public concern, Bill C-23, the implementing legislation for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), has been removed from the Canadian government's current legislative agenda.

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.

S2B Letter to Martin Ríman, EU President

Original Publication Date: 
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.

EU raises stakes for US in biodiesel battle

Original Publication Date: 
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.

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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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.

Opening up of Indian imports market may prove fatal for farmers and food security

Original Publication Date: 
15 April, 2007
The suggestion of the developed world that India should open up its market for imports is likely to prove fatal for farmers and food security. US trade representative Susan Schwab in the last week urged India to open up its markets for imports, as it would help in its effort to contain the rising trend in prices.

India under pressure on special products

Original Publication Date: 
13 April, 2007
Pressures are mounting on India to play an effective role in resolving the issue of Special Products (SPs) and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) in a way which would not hinder market access for developed countries.

Get to the truth about the SPP: A 4 part series of downloadable, educational Fact Sheets

Original Publication Date: 
12 April, 2007
Common Frontiers announces a new resource to help cut through the spin and clutter around the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) - a

New Pakistan Communication on Special Products

Original Publication Date: 
10 April, 2007
The Pakistan communication attempts to 'narrow the gaps' between the G33 negotiating position and other countries positions on Special Products, in particular Thailand's position on SPs.

USDA Proposal Falls Short for Farmers: Offer Fails to Improve Protection Against Natural Disasters or Policy Failures

Original Publication Date: 
10 April, 2007
A Farm Bill proposal pushed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could weaken protections for farmers from natural disasters, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

Bush Administration Provides Partial Korea FTA To Congress

Original Publication Date: 
5 April, 2007
The Bush Administration mid-week provided Congress parts of the text for the newly concluded free trade agreement with Korea but has not committed to a deadline of when it will provide the full text, according to congressional aides.

Korea-U.S. FTA Concluded against the Will of the Korean People; People’s Protest Goes On

Original Publication Date: 
4 April, 2007
On Sunday April 1 at 4:00pm , taxi driver and KCTU member Heo Sae-wook stood before the Nam San Hyatt Hotel, where that final high-level FTA negotiations were taking place, and lit himself on fire chanting, 'Down with the Korea-U.S. FTA'.

Statement in Protest of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement

Original Publication Date: 
2 April, 2007
At the eleventh hour, the United States and South Korea signed the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (Korus FTA), the second largest free trade deal since NAFTA. President Bush and big business claim victory, but democracy has lost.

SKorea and US reach free trade agreement

Original Publication Date: 
1 April, 2007
The United States and South Korea on Monday reached a major free trade agreement expected to boost both countries' exports by billions of dollars and rejuvenate the Korean economy.

Civic Groups Show Mixed Reaction to South Korea-US Fta Deal

Original Publication Date: 
1 April, 2007
A landmark South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday drew mixed responses among civic groups here, with opponents vowing an all-out campaign to prevent it from being passed by the National Assembly and proponents welcoming it as a means of boosting growth.

South countries voices concerns over Northern subsidies to cotton

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
The Group of 20 (G20) developing countries at the WTO said Thursday that trade-distorting subsidies from the developed countries are at the root of the critical situation of cotton for developing countries, and is one of the major inequalities in international agricultural trade.