Archive - Nov 2005

November 26th

New Services draft meets with resistance

Original Publication Date: 
25 Novembre, 2005
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'.

Lamy submits draft ministerial text for Hong Kong

Original Publication Date: 
25 Novembre, 2005
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at an informal meeting of heads of delegations on 26 November 2005, introduced the Draft Ministerial Text for the 6th Ministerial Conference

Two new G-33 proposals on Special Products and the Special Safeguard Mechanism

Original Publication Date: 
25 Novembre, 2005
links to two new G-33 proposals on Special Products and the Special Safeguard Mechanism

November 25th

EU says sugar reform deal strengthens hand in WTO talks

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
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.

?Asymmetry? in Doha Reports

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
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

The WTO 6th Ministerial: People Power vs. Corporate Power

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
A grand global fight looms in Hong Kong in December

A Trade Facilitation DDA Report

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
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

Some critical points on WTO agriculture negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
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.

Mandelson considers Geneva summary document on services 'particularly disappointing'

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
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'

Queen to open Commonwealth summit dominated by trade issue

Original Publication Date: 
24 Novembre, 2005
Queen Elizabeth II will open a 53-nation Commonwealth summit here likely to be dominated by developing countries' concerns over next month's WTO trade talks in Hong Kong.