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'.
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'
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Nov 05)
The WTO's Hong Kong Ministerial Conference will be a negotiating meeting and not just a stock-taking exercise, the WTO Director- General Pascal Lamy said at the African Union Trade Ministers' conference
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