Archive - Mar 2006 - Article

March 10th

Clash over patents on genes and on medicines as WIPO forum ends

Original Publication Date: 
9 Marzo, 2006
The final day of the WIPO open forum on patents saw heated exchanges on the impact of patents and 'flexibilities' of the system on access to medicines, as well as an interesting debate on whether genes and life forms should be patented.

Tough Decisions in London Expected

Original Publication Date: 
9 Marzo, 2006
Trade chiefs of the United States, the European Union, Brazil, India, Australia and Japan are planning a busy two days today and Saturday in an effort to reach some accommodations on the most difficult issues in three central areas of the Doha Development Agenda whose outcome could indicate whether full modalities in the agriculture and industrials negotiations can be wrapped up by the end of next month, WTD was told (WTD, 3/9/06).

March 9th

Differences remain after week of NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
8 Marzo, 2006
The Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non- Agricultural Products (NAMA) at a week-long meeting (ending Friday, 3 March), discussed sectoral initiatives, flexibilities for developing countries and paragraph 24 of the Hong Kong Declaration that calls for a comparably high level of ambition in market access for agriculture and NAMA.

Correction - US textile industry seeks different types of sectorals in NAMA negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
8 Marzo, 2006
Below are links to two letters from different U.S. textile industry groups. The first one calls for a sectoral on textiles that would provide special treatment for the textile sector by resurrecting protection in the textile and apparel sectors.

March 8th

Plenty of questions as WTO's NAMA negotiations resume

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
Negotiations on non agricultural market access (NAMA) will be taking place all this week at the WTO. Among the topics scheduled for discussion are flexibilities for developing countries, the link between agriculture and NAMA negotiations, non-tariff barriers and sectoral initiatives.

India opens agriculture to US corporates at huge cost

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
It seems times have changed. Information technology is out and agriculture is in. The thrust on agriculture is now enshrined in the draft of the Indo-US Knowledge initiative on Agricultural Research & Education, which is the agenda for US President George Bush when he comes to India in March 2006.

Divergences between developed and developing countries on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
WTO members remain sharply divided on the industrial tariff negotiations, as the NAMA consultations stretched late into Wednesday 1 March evening. One of the main areas of contention appears to be over the special and differential treatment (S&D) to be accorded to developing countries, as stipulated in paragraph 8 of Annex B to the July 2004 Framework.

State of Play: Critical WTO Negotiations Go Underground

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
Even as the talks for the Doha Round negotiations escalate to their most critical point, and there is a flurry of activity in Geneva with more frequent 'negotiating weeks' in agriculture, NAMA and services, many have the distinct feel that the real negotiations are taking place outside Geneva amongst 6 - 10 Members.

No Narrowing of Differences on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
Senior trade officials of an 11 country group yesterday failed to narrow their differences on how to achieve 'ambitious' market access opportunities in the Doha Development Agenda industrials negotiations a result that could place this weekend's London trade ministerial summit in jeopardy, WTD was told.

Collective Requests - Legal, Logistics, Postal and Courier

Original Publication Date: 
7 Marzo, 2006
Links to three new collective requests.