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30 November 2013
消息来源对《桥》周刊证实:WTO谈判代表们已在农业议题上接近达成最终协议。然而,他们警告称,一些关键议题在未来数天内仍有待解决,否则将影响十二月巴厘部长级会议的最终成果。 谈判代表们大多表示,他们可以接受新的农业草案文本,其可作为部长级会议共识的基础,但是一些代表表示其仍有一些保留意见或者希望与他们国家协商其立场。一些代表则强调,他们的立场要视农业之外的议题的进展程度而定。 修订的文本包括关于公共粮食储备的“和平条款”草案,可能以部长级会议决议的形式出现,且宣言草案将免除世贸组织的某些只会引起微量贸易扭曲的补贴上限。 文本也包括其它可能关于出口补贴和等量措施的宣言草案,对于关税配额管理的“...
30 November 2013
上个月,美国国会在最后一刻达成协议,阻止了华盛顿债务违约,距最后期限仅剩几小时。美国违约前景以及对外界可能的影响,成为了之前一周国际货币基金组织年会的主题。年会原本的关注重点是全球经济运行状况。 国际货币基金组织和世界银行于10月11-13日在美国首都华盛顿举行会议。与会代表非常重视美国政府久拖不决的财政僵局。会议关注的其他议题包括:发达国家未来的货币政策,以及即将到来的世界贸易组织巴厘岛部长级会议。 如果国会在最后期限到来时仍未达成协议,美国政府将很可能为偿还债务很快耗尽资金,被迫仅依靠国库现金收入与开支的每日余额度日。在最后期限到来前公布的协议下,华盛顿发行国债的权限延长至2月7日,...
22 July 2013
"I think the benchmarks on goods adopted with the accession guidelines would serve as a basis for improvement of the commitments to be made by acceding LDCs. The General Council established a working party to examine the application of Ethiopia in February 2003. Ethiopia's memorandum on its foreign...
22 July 2013
At the WTO Aid for Trade (AFT) review on 8-10 July, one side event looked at how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can better integrate value chains and how they can overcome existing bottlenecks that currently impede this process. The discussions recognised an increasing fragmentation of global...
22 July 2013
WTO members have agreed to extend the transition period for least developed countries (LDCs) to implement the organisation's rules on intellectual property rights until July 2021, which was previously due to end next month. The news, announced on 11 June, follows intensive discussions that kicked...
17 June 2013
(See more recent update on the topic here ) Both chambers of the US Congress discussed their separate versions of a potential 2013 Farm Bill in mid-May, following a long lull in activity from the two chambers on the subject. The Senate legislation already cleared its agriculture committee on 14 May...
17 June 2013
Former Kenyan trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi has been nominated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the new head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the agency announced on 16 May. Kituyi's candidacy is next set to go to the UN General Assembly for approval by the...
17 June 2013
Developed countries should halve ceilings for budgetary spending on farm export subsidies in a decision at the WTO's ministerial meeting in the Indonesian resort of Bali this December, the G-20 group of developing countries has said. The group, which seeks farm policy reform in the developed world...
15 May 2013
Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo has won the position of WTO Director-General, officials announced on May 8, beating Mexico’s Herminio Blanco for the high-profile role. “Azevêdo carried the largest support by members in the final round and has consistently done so in each round; and, he enjoyed support...
15 May 2013
WTO members have spent the past several months working to extract an abridged package of deliverables from the overall Doha Round of trade talks, which were formally declared at an impasse in December 2011. The proposed "mini-package" would, if completed, include an agreement on trade facilitation...
12 May 2010
Conclure Doha est une ‘priorité absolue' pour les ministres du Groupe de Cairns Lors d'une réunion ministérielle tenue du 19 au 20 avril à Punte del Este, en Uruguay, les ministres du commerce des pays membres du Groupe de Cairns - un bloc de 19 membres en faveur d'une grande réforme du commerce...