Archive - 2005 - Article

December 15th

he Sorry Truth of USTR Development Package “Promises”

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2005
a one-page debunking US 'development package'

Strong governance of WTO trade aid needed - Egypt

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2005
Dramatic rich country promises to help poor countries expand exports could fail without a change in how billions of dollars in aid are managed, Egyptian Trade Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid said on Wednesday.

December 14th

US can't hide behind immigration at WTO: India

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
The United States will have to open its market to more foreign temporary workers as part of any new world trade deal, despite strong opposition in the US Congress, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said on Wednesday.

U.S., EU spar at world trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
The United States and the European Union sparred on Wednesday over farm subsidies, food aid and measures to help the world's poorest countries, souring world trade talks that were already in trouble.

Trade ministers search for consensus; China calls for fair deal for poor

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
Trade ministers began the difficult task of getting consensus on a new pact to boost global commerce as emerging giant China called on the developed world to give the poorest nations a fair break.

Cotton Producers Say They Will Block Hong Kong Deal Over Subsidies

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
Benin's ambassador to the WTO Samuel Amehou and representatives of West African cotton producers today (Dec. 14) warned that their countries will refuse to support any agreement struck in Hong Kong if developed countries do not agree to cut their cotton subsidies.

WTO talks open amid pessimism and protest

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
World trade ministers launched a fresh bid to salvage free trade negotiations amid little hope for major headway, as thousands of protesters marched in the streets to denounce the WTO as an enemy of the poor.

U.S. Takes Hardline On Trade Initiative For Least Developed Countries

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
One day into the ministerial meeting, the European Union remained at odds with the United States, Canada and Japan over the scope and implementation of an initiative to provide duty-free quota-free access to least developed countries (LDCs).

Sectoral / Plurilateral Negotiations and the Pitfalls for Development Examples of Key Sectors

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
US and EU want sectoral /plurilateral negotiations in Services to be launched after the Hong Kong Ministerial. The language in the draft text that will facilitate such negotiations are para. 21 and Annex C

WTO keeps talks moving to avert another breakdown

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
The United States warned trading partners on Wednesday that the world would slip back into protectionism without progress in global talks to reform world commerce, stunting economic growth and hitting the poor.