Archive - 2005 - Article

December 15th

Developing nations on attack at tense trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2005
Developing nations went on the offensive on Thursday as trade talks limped into their third day, with Washington and Tokyo under pressure to accept a duty-free, quota-free exports deal for the world's poorest countries.

EU NGOs slam development package of EU

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2005
European NGOs have sharply criticized the EU development package today at the WTO Ministerial Conference in HongKong.

December 14th

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.

Let developing countries grow the same way that we did

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
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Aid for Trade Package Linked to Concessions That Would Worsen Conditions for Many Poor Countries

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
Statements from Wednesday December 14 News Conference

Colourful protests greet WTO talks in Hong Kong

Original Publication Date: 
13 December, 2005
Thousands of anti-globalization activists marched through Hong Kong watched by a huge security operation aimed at preventing a repeat of violence that has rocked previous WTO meetings.