Archive - Mar 2005

March 18th

Canada to Host WTO Senior Officials 'Mini-Ministerial' in Geneva April 18-19

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
Top trade officials from the same group of countries are due to meet for a mini-ministerial gathering in Paris May 4 on the fringes of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's annual meeting.

Canada To Host WTO Senior Officials 'Mini-Ministerial' In Geneva April 18-19

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
GENEVA--Canada will host a meeting of senior trade officials in Geneva April 18-19 as part of preparations for the next World Trade Organization 'mini-ministerial' gathering in early May, trade diplomats told BNA March 17.

Developing countries propose that TRIPS should require patent applications on genetic resources/traditional knowledge should prove benefit sharing

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
A proposal that applications for patents relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge should be accompanied by evidence of benefit sharing with the countries of origin.

Developing Countries Propose That TRIPS Should Require Patent Applications On Genetic Resources/Traditional Knowledge Should Prove Benefit Sharing

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
One of the highlights was a proposal by 8 developing countries that applications for patents relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge should be accompanied by evidence of benefit sharing with the countries of origin

Setback for WTO Ag Talks as Members Fail to Finalize Deal on Tariff Conversions

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
The officials said that the chairman of the WTO's negotiating group on agriculture, New Zealand's Tim Groser, gave no indication when the talks would be reconvened.

U.S. Advocates Sectoral Approach In WTO Agriculture Trade Negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
Trade officials following the talks said it appeared to be the first time that the United States has advocated such an approach and identified specific products.

March 17th

G-20 Ready To Seek Five-Year Deadline For Elimination Of Farm Export Subsidies

Original Publication Date: 
16 March, 2005
The G-20 emerged as a powerful alliance for developing countries prior to the WTO's 2003 ministerial conference in Cancun, Mexico.

China Seeks Talks With United States, EU On Textiles, Urges Patience With Surges

Original Publication Date: 
16 March, 2005
China hopes to hold talks with the United States and European Union over the surge in exports of textiles and apparel to those markets since the Jan. 1 lifting of quotas, a leading Chinese textile industry representative has said.

Brazil, India Pan U.S., EU Proposals On NAMA Tariff Formula Flexibility

Original Publication Date: 
16 March, 2005
Brazil and India gave thumbs down March 16 to proposals from the United States and the European Union aimed at meeting developing country demands for flexibility in a formula for reducing tariffs on industrial and consumer goods.

China Seeks Talks With United States, EU On Textiles, Urges Patience With Surges

Original Publication Date: 
16 March, 2005
China hopes to hold talks with the United States and European Union over the surge in exports of textiles and apparel to those markets.