Archive - 2005

December 13th

Focus: On the Road to Hong Kong?(Number 5,?13 December 2005)

Original Publication Date: 
12 December, 2005
Now that the Ministerial has arrived, we will endeavor to send out a daily report from Hong Kong

U.S. Makes Plea On Cotton, West Africans Unimpressed

Original Publication Date: 
12 December, 2005
With the World Trade Organization meeting under way, the United States is trying to convince West African governments to pressure the European Union into making a bigger offer to cut agricultural tariffs and subsidies.

December 12th

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

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

December 11th

Protest in Indonesia

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.

Bulleting #1 from Hong Kong: 10 December 2005

Original Publication Date: 
10 December, 2005
The Hong Kong government is mustering all its propaganda skills to create a climate of fear as the meeting approaches, to justify cracking down on any dissent and keep the substantive issues off the front pages