Enough with the grandstanding: let's get down to the numbers. That was the attitude struck by trade ministers who last weekend pulled the so-called 'Doha round' of trade talks out of semi-retirement for one last shot at the world title.
Trade chiefs from the European Union, Brazil and the United States met yesterday in an effort to convince other World Trade Organization members of the benefits of an emerging understanding on how to approach a final Doha Development Agenda package.
By Sanya Smith, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues
The free trade agreement that Thailand has been negotiating with the United States will violate the human rights of Thai people and affect the country's sovereignty; thus negotiations should not resume until a thorough review of its impact is undertaken.
By Kanaga Raja, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues
The Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA), in his first open-ended consultations of the new year, encouraged members to work harder on the issues of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and ‘sectorals’.
The issue of special safeguard mechanism (SSM) and special products (SPs) in agriculture has assumed importance in discussions for WTO talks resumption. This was after commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath
Deborah James, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
As negotiators of some select WTO member nations attend a “Mini-Ministerial” meeting at Davos, it is important to take into consideration several aspects of the current U.S. reality regarding the USTR’s lack of ability to gain Congressional approval for new U.S. offers in the Doha negotiations.