Archive - 2005

December 13th

Hear the Silent Majority Speak!

Original Publication Date: 
12 December, 2005
People from all over the world united by one common purpose, gathered on the football pitches of Victoria Park in Hong Kong to herald the opening of the Peoples Action Week (PAW) in protest of the official opening of the 6th WTO Ministerial.

TWN Briefings for Hong Kong No. 3

Original Publication Date: 
12 December, 2005
Though there are problems in all the critical areas of agriculture, viz., market access, domestic subsidy and export subsidy, the key questions are in the domestic subsidy of the developed countries

December 12th

Facilitating Agriculture in Hong Kong

Original Publication Date: 
11 December, 2005
Facilitator for agriculture at this week’s WTO’s sixth ministerial conference in Hong Kong, Mukhisa Kituyi, said in Geneva on Saturday he intends to conduct discussions in all three pillars of Doha Development Agenda farm negotiations adding that he wants to explore with trade ministers where they can arrive at figures to be plugged into the liberalization formulas

Wal-Mart Hopes WTO/GATS Will Help Big Box retailers; Local officials fear loss of power

Original Publication Date: 
11 December, 2005
Wal-Mart Hopes WTO Will Help It Open a Door Big retailers will seek to alter a services pact. Local officials fear a loss of power to limit firms.

Leaked Documents Show EU Digging In

Original Publication Date: 
11 December, 2005
The charity Christian Aid has cited leaked documents to say that the European Union (EU) will push developing nations to privatise services such as water, healthcare and banking at the trade ministers meeting in Hong Kong this week.

Freedom to trade or freedom from hunger?

Original Publication Date: 
11 December, 2005
The problem is not the inability to resolve differences among the WTO country members, but the model of development that the WTO promotes.

Portman, Johanns Off to Hong Kong

Original Publication Date: 
11 December, 2005
US Trade Representative Rob Portman told reporters he is optimistic that members can make 'incremental' progress on some substantial issues as well as arrive at a plan for least developed countries

December 11th

Protest in Indonesia

Thousands gather in HK for protest march before WTO summit

Original Publication Date: 
10 December, 2005
Thousands of anti-globalization activists--some dressed like chickens and others carrying a big spider--held Sunday their first protest march ahead of the World Trade Organization summit in Hong Kong.

Protesters denounce WTO at Hong Kong rallies

Original Publication Date: 
10 December, 2005
Around 3,000 protesters waving signs reading 'Junk the WTO' and 'Life is not for sale' marched in a carnival atmosphere in the shade of skyscrapers in one of the world's main financial centres.