Archive - Jul 2005 - Article

July 22nd

Preview of WTO activities in the week starting Monday 25 July

Original Publication Date: 
21 July, 2005
The final working week of July, starting 25 July, will see a spurt of activity at the World Trade Organisation as members try to reach as much agreement as possible on a number of issues.

Jara vows to work on advancing services, says offers fall short

Original Publication Date: 
21 July, 2005
The chairman of the Doha round's services negotiating group this week told the Trade Negotiations Committee that offers now on the table provide few if any new commercial opportunities to services companies.

July 19th

U.N. Adviser: Africa Should Refuse Talks

Original Publication Date: 
18 July, 2005
The United Nations' top poverty adviser said Monday that African countries should refuse to begin negotiations on a new round of world trade talks if rich nations do not cut farm subsidies and tariffs.

July 15th

G8 moves a bit on aid and debt, but fails on trade and climate

Original Publication Date: 
14 July, 2005
The recent G8 Summit in Gleneagles has been proclamed to be proofof the G8's new commitment to development. However the outcome was mixed, with some progress in aid and debt.

WTO Director General warns the negotiations are in trouble

Original Publication Date: 
14 July, 2005
WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi warned that that'progress is nowhere near sufficient in terms of our critical path to Hong Kong,' andthat 'these negotiations are in trouble.'(M.Khor)

July 14th

Economic arguments surrounding CAFTA remain misunderstood

Original Publication Date: 
13 July, 2005
As the U.S. House of Representatives moves closer to a vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), much of the debate over the economic costs and benefits to all potential signatories remains unclear.

Splitting Down the Middle on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
13 July, 2005
At the wrap-up of the latest informal trade ministerial meeting conducted by the World Trade Organization yesterday, Deputy US Trade Representative Peter Allgeier made a strong case for a two-coefficient simple 'Swiss' formula to cut industrial tariffs.

July 13th

Major differences remain in NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
12 July, 2005
A week of discussions (beginning on 4 July) in the Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) ended on the morning of 7 July with indications that the end-July target for coming up with 'first approximations' on the deal to be taken to Hong Kong was not likely to be met.(M.Khor)

July 12th

WTO Agriculture Talks: 'First approximation' unlikely by end July

Original Publication Date: 
11 July, 2005
Negotiations on agriculture took place on 4-6 July at the WTO. They ended earlierthan expected, indicating a lack of progress.(M.Khor)

WTO Agriculture Talks: 'First approximation' unlikely by end July

Original Publication Date: 
11 July, 2005
Negotiations on agriculture ended Wednesday with the Chairperson Tim Groser concluding that the chances are unlikely at this stage that he will be able to produce a 'first approximation' of the full modalities on agriculture by the end of July.