Archive - 2006

octobre 27th

Multiple problems in EPAs highlighted at workshop

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2006
The absence of development content and the severe effects of rapid trade liberalization were among key problems highlighted by policymakers and NGO participants at a workshop held here on the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.

octobre 25th

Workers urge Senate and Congress to junk the All-Trade Pact Toxic waste provisions prove again that JPEPA is disadvantageous for Filipinos

Original Publication Date: 
24 October, 2006
Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) today issued strong opposition to the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) approved between the RP and Japan governments.

octobre 20th

NEW Report Critical of Gates/Rockefeller and FAO’s "Green Revolution for Africa"

Original Publication Date: 
19 October, 2006
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, today released a report that is highly critical of the Rockefeller and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations' $150 million 'Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa' (AGRA).

octobre 19th

India moots dispute mechanism at WTO

Original Publication Date: 
18 October, 2006
India next week will ask the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel against Washington over its

A New G-6 in the Works?

Original Publication Date: 
18 October, 2006
In what is seen as a serious attempt to instill new leadership into the flagging Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations, a new Group-of-Six countries - comprised of Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Indonesia and Kenya - has been established to move the stall negotiations forward.

Anti-free trade alliance plans mass protest during US-Malaysia trade talks at end-Oct

Original Publication Date: 
18 October, 2006
Malaysian activists Thursday announced a mass a protest during U.S.-Malaysia talks later this month on a free trade pact, saying such an agreement could jeopardize jobs and deprive poor people of cheap, generic drugs.

octobre 18th

Geneva Update: Doha talks suspended but delegates busy

Original Publication Date: 
17 October, 2006
Brasilia, Kuala Lumpur, Rio de Janeiro, Cairns, Batam, Geneva, Brussels, Washington, are only some of the places where high level meetings aimed at restarting the stalled Doha trade negotiations have taken place since the de facto suspension of negotiations on July 27. With different groups of countries involved in various discussions with changing priorities, interested groups and citizens around the world are having a hard time following what negotiators are offering. Here is an update from Geneva on what has happened over the last two months and some developments to monitor.

octobre 17th

EU commissioners in bed with business; Campaigners demand a cut to corporate power over the EU

Original Publication Date: 
16 October, 2006
Today, Friends of the Earth Europe and the Seattle to Brussels Network demanded that the European Union stops making policy decisions biased towards business interests. Trade and environmental campaigners staged an action outside the annual back-pat of the Confederation of European Business (UNICE) today, attended by six European Commissioners and called 'Why do companies care about Europe?'.

octobre 16th

UK urges Brussels to relent over new trade rules for poor nations

Original Publication Date: 
15 October, 2006
Poor countries must not be forced into opening markets or obliged to accept new rules governing foreign investment and competition law, the UK has told the European Commission.

Envoys Seeking Solution to DDA Stall

Original Publication Date: 
15 October, 2006
Trade envoys from a score of countries are making intense efforts to find the 'right spark' to reignite the suspended Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations soon.