Archive - Nov 2006 - Article

November 21st

Sacu-US to pursue scaled-back trade talks after FTA process ceases

Original Publication Date: 
20 Novembre, 2006
The South African Customs Unions (Sacu) has formally accepted an offer made by the US government to progress a so-called trade and investment cooperation agreement (Tica), following the breakdown of the more ambitious free-trade agreement (FTA) talks earlier in the year.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Launches a General Strike

Original Publication Date: 
20 Novembre, 2006
Full-pledged General Strike Being Launched from November 22 in Korea.

A "soft resumption" of the WTO Doha talks?

Original Publication Date: 
20 Novembre, 2006
An informal heads of delegation meeting was held at the WTO on Thursday 16 November. The meeting heard Lamy say the Doha talks were in between quite diplomacy and full-fledged negotiations. It is up to the chairs (of the negotiating groups) to decide the next step (in theirareas).

November 20th

South Korean police brace for mass protests against US free trade deal

Original Publication Date: 
19 Novembre, 2006
South Korean police said Tuesday they are bracing for mass protests across the country against a proposed free trade agreement with the United States.

Pursuing a Services Re-start

Original Publication Date: 
19 Novembre, 2006
Washington and Brussels on Friday jointly reached out to a score of developing countries - including Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Kenya, among others - to accelerate the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations, saying the time has come to enter into hard bargaining on what each can give and take in both market openings and rules.

November 18th

EU to back India’s farm interests at WTO talks

Original Publication Date: 
17 Novembre, 2006
The European Union on Friday indicated that it would support India

November 17th

South African govt official on FTA w/ US

Original Publication Date: 
16 Novembre, 2006
Talks between South Africa and the US on a free trade agreement hit a snag as US demands for complete access to South African markets were unacceptable, trade and industry director-general Tshediso Matona said

A 'Green Light' to Re-start DDA

Original Publication Date: 
16 Novembre, 2006
In a carefully crafted statement - that did not mention the suspension of the Doha Development Agenda - World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy yesterday gave the "green light" to restart work in all areas of the stalled trade negotiations by allowing the respective chairs "to determine the way ahead in each area and the speed with which the work should take place"

November 16th

WTO agrees to resume part of stalled Doha talks

Original Publication Date: 
15 Novembre, 2006
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed on Thursday to a limited resumption of stalled free trade talks, but warned that major powers had not yet shown the flexibility needed for a deal.

WTO talks on resumption of Doha talks

Original Publication Date: 
15 Novembre, 2006
Members of the World Trade Organization appear to be in favour of resuming the Doha negotiations, suspended by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy (and endorsed by the Trade Negotiations Committee) in July, and subsequently "taken note of" by the General Council.