Brazilian Finance Minister Warns of ‘International Currency War’

Volume
14,
Number
33
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29 September 2010
29 September 2010
For months, tensions have been brewing among the world's major economies over currency values and each others' attempts to boost export competitiveness. On Monday, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega sounded a warning. The global economy is in an "international currency war," he told an...
29 September 2010
In a short paper discussed by trade negotiators this week, Argentina, China and India called for agriculture negotiations at the WTO to focus on clarifying 'ambiguous' issues in the draft Doha Round agreement text, instead of solely focusing on how to provide the data that members will need to...
29 September 2010
As world market prices for food continue to climb, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has moved to reassure governments that a repeat of the 2008 price spikes is unlikely. Although it estimates the number of hungry people to be declining, the FAO last week brought together experts from 75...
29 September 2010
The US government has called for the creation of a dispute settlement panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement to rule on Mexico's decision to pursue a complaint about US labelling rules for ‘dolphin safe' tuna at the WTO rather than under NAFTA. Washington contends that Mexico's...
29 September 2010
A free trade agreement between the EU and India is a step closer to becoming a reality, following a short two-day session of negotiations in Brussels last week. Core issues in the FTA, including goods and services, have seen real progress, and both sides hope that an agreement in-principle can be...
29 September 2010
Governments from around the world are set to review the intersection of trade and climate change as part of a United Nations-organized meeting in Tianjin, China next week. Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, the Zimbabwean chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) has...
29 September 2010
Claims by Russia's agriculture minister that the Cairns Group and the US had agreed to a timetable for the country's farm subsidy cuts in informal accession talks in Geneva are untrue, Cairns Group officials told Bridges today. According to reports in the Russian language newspaper Kommersant ,...
29 September 2010
Questions about WTO members' real or potential violations of binding commitments on subsidy spending and tariff levels featured prominently in a meeting last week of the WTO Agriculture Committee. The meeting was one of committee's "regular" sessions (as distinct from the "special" negotiating mode...
29 September 2010
Coming up this week 30 September, Geneva, Switzerland. LAUNCH OF UNEP-EPO-ICTSD STUDY ON PATENTS AND CLEAN ENERGY. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are holding a dialogue in...
29 September 2010
PATENTS AND CLEAN ENERGY: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EVIDENCE AND POLICY. (ICTSD, UNEP, and the EPO, 2010). This joint final report by the International centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, The United Nations Environmental Programme, and the European Patent Office undertakes an empirical...