APEC Agrees on Confidence-Building Measures, Calls for New WTO Round

Volume
4,
Number
23
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14 June 2000
14 June 2000
Trade Ministers from the 21-country Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum met from 6-7 June in Darwin, Australia. Ministers discussed, inter alia, the prospects for a new round of global trade talks, sub-regional trade agreements, confidence and capacity-building efforts in developing...
14 June 2000
What began as a dispute over US countervailing duties on imports of leaded steel bars from the UK ended in a debate in the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 7 June over the WTO Appellate Body's ruling on acceptance of amicus briefs during the process of hearing and deciding a case. The Appellate...
14 June 2000
The World Bank in May released a collaborative study appraising Africa's development potential in the 21st Century. The publication, "Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?" was produced with input from the African Development Bank, the African Economic Research Consortium, the Global Coalition for...
14 June 2000
Meeting from 8-9 June, the WTO Working Group on Trade and Investment remained deadlocked on whether to form a negotiating group to hammer out rules on investment in the WTO. At the meeting, India reiterated its position that it was not ready for negotiations on establishing investment rules. Nearly...
14 June 2000
China is reportedly close to trade deals with the five remaining WTO Members that requested bilateral accession talks: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Switzerland. Chinese Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng predicted on 6 June that negotiations with all five countries would conclude by month'...
14 June 2000
The US Trade Representative (USTR) and the Commerce Department on 2 June dropped their appeal of a Federal court ruling directing the Clinton Administration to appoint environmental representatives to two trade advisory groups. A US federal district court ruled in November 1999 that the USTR must...
14 June 2000
WTO Deputy Director-General for Trade and Environment and Training Paul- Henri Ravier told the World Congress on Environment Management in New Delhi earlier this month that WTO trade rules should not be used for "green protectionism." "While WTO rules are not against environmental objectives and...
14 June 2000
For more information on these events, please visit ICTSD's online calendar at: http://www.ictsd.org/html.calender.htm 13 June, Brussels, Belgium: INFORMAL MEETING ON TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND THE MEMBER STATES. The agenda for the meeting includes: Sustainability Impact...
14 June 2000
CONDUCTING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. 2000. By Prasad Modak and Asit K. Biswas. This volume introduces environmental impact assessment, and explains its processes, methods, and tools. To obtain contact: United Nations University Press, The United Nations University,...