GENEVA--Canada will host a meeting of senior trade officials in Geneva April 18-19 as part of preparations for the next World Trade Organization 'mini-ministerial' gathering in early May, trade diplomats told BNA March 17.
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Mar05/4)
One of the highlights was a proposal by 8 developing countries that applications for patents relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge should be accompanied by evidence of benefit sharing with the countries of origin
China hopes to hold talks with the United States and European Union over the surge in exports of textiles and apparel to those markets since the Jan. 1 lifting of quotas, a leading Chinese textile industry representative has said.
Brazil and India gave thumbs down March 16 to proposals from the United States and the European Union aimed at meeting developing country demands for flexibility in a formula for reducing tariffs on industrial and consumer goods.