Agricultural Export Restrictions Spark Controversy at the WTO

Volume
15,
Number
12
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6 April 2011
6 April 2011
With food prices at record highs, WTO rules should be changed to prevent countries from restricting agricultural exports if doing so could threaten the food security of others, a group of poor countries that are net importers of food have argued. Export bans and restrictions introduced by other WTO...
6 April 2011
A US federal budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans provides for deep cuts to taxes and to domestic spending - including, unusually, to farm subsidies. The proposal put forward by the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, would cut $30...
6 April 2011
This year's round of UN climate negotiations got off to a slow start this week in Bangkok, as renewed bickering on old divisions marred governments' attempt to build on the agreement reached last December at a meeting in Cancun. At their annual conference in Cancun, parties to the UN Framework...
6 April 2011
With less than three weeks remaining before a target date for the chairs of WTO negotiating committees to submit revised draft agreement texts in the Doha Round trade talks, a session of the Negotiating Group on Rules witnessed strong statements on the need for disciplines on government support to...
6 April 2011
An EU attempt to help Pakistan's economy recover from devastating floods last year by granting it tariff preferences for some textile exports has hit a roadblock, with India, Bangladesh, and Peru withholding consent from a WTO waiver authorising Brussels to deviate from multilateral rules to...
6 April 2011
Members of the World International Property Organization (WIPO) met in Geneva last week to discuss a potential treaty that would harmonise formalities surrounding the protection of industrial designs at the national and international levels. They also discussed trademark protection on the internet...
6 April 2011
European governments may soon resume discussions on a proposal to promote cleaner energy by blacklisting fuels whose production is especially polluting, says EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. According to the EU climate chief, default emission values for fuel derived from tar sands...
6 April 2011
A recent OECD workshop on aid for trade focused on how correctly sequencing policy reform and implementing policies complementary to trade reforms can help developing countries tap trade opportunities and turn them into economic growth. Aid for trade efforts have in general been successful,...
6 April 2011
Immediately after declaring victory in a WTO case against US aircraft subsidies to Boeing, the European Union wasted no time in filing an appeal to clarify certain points of law in the ruling. Both sides have declared victory following the public release last Thursday of a WTO dispute panel ruling...
6 April 2011
Coming soon 7 April, London. SOUTH-SOUTH ECONOMIC LINKAGES: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT OUTLOOK 2011. Joseph Zveglich, assistant chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, will speak at Chatham House on the findings of the Asian Development Outlook 2011. With a particular focus on this year's special...
6 April 2011
THE INTERFACE BETWEEN THE TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE REGIMES: SCOPING THE ISSUES. By Patrick Low. World Trade Organization, January 2011. As governments increasingly adopt policies to reduce greenhouse emissions, concern has grown on two fronts. First, carbon leakage can occur when mitigation...