By Goh Chien Yen, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Nov05)
The Chair of the Services Negotiations was bluntly told by five ASEAN countries Thursday 24 Nov that his (second) revised draft Ministerial text on services did not 'enjoy consensus', and that Mateo's 'dismissal' of the views of the ASEAN did not 'fit together neatly with the claim in (the Chair's) cover note that the revised draft has been prepared on the basis of submissions by Members'.
The European Union agreed on a major overhaul of its sugar subsidy program Thursday, cutting prices by 36 percent in a landmark deal that the EU said would strengthen its hand in upcoming world trade talks.
With submission of 'situational' reports to the World Trade Organization Trade Negotiations Committee on the various negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda now submitted, the stage is set for a showdown among members in advance of a December 13 to 18 trade ministerial meeting
Doha Development Agenda trade facilitation negotiations Chairman Muhamad Noor Yacob called for intensifying talks in the post-Hong Kong phase by pursuing text-based negotiations clarifying current rules relating to developing countries
By Bhagirath Lal Das, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Nov 05)
Agriculture is once again proving to be the determinant of results in the GATT/WTO negotiations. In December 1987, it caused the collapse of the Montreal Mid-term Review of the Uruguay Round negotiations. Then at the end of that round, the results could be consolidated only after the two major developed countries had an agreement in this area in what was called the Blair House accord.
European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said on Thursday that 'almost all' of the summary documents drawn up by the WTO negotiating committees on each of the chapters discussed and published this week were 'unsatisfactory' and the one on services 'particularly disappointing'