TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/11)
It is still not clear what exactly the proponents of 'benchmarking' are proposing. However, many developing countries have been sceptical about the concept, believingthat it is being used as an instrument to oblige them to open up more of their servicessectors and in more ways than they would otherwise like.(M.Khor)
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/10)
More than 160 civil society organizations from around the world sent a letter to WTO ambassadors in Geneva Thursday expressing their deep concerns regarding the current round of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which is part of the 'single undertaking'under the July 2004 Framework
A 'brain-storming' session on Friday among nine key members of the World Trade Organization to set quantitative benchmarks in the sluggish Doha Development Agenda services negotiations has failed to bring about convergence
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Jun05/7)
A meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation's standingcommittee on patents (SCP) was held on 1-2 June 2005. At the meeting,WIPO member states were unable to agree on how the future workof the committee should proceed(M.Khor)
The Standing Committee on the Law ofPatents (SCP) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ended itsmeeting on 3 June 2005 without any agreement among Member States on how the future workprogramme of the committee should proceed.