Deadlock on Trade Policy in Washington Hurts Developing Country Exporters

Volume
15,
Number
7
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2 March 2011
2 March 2011
Roses from Colombia, tuna from Ecuador, and tyres from Indonesia. These are just some of the products that have become more expensive for US consumers in recent months, as two trade preference schemes were allowed to lapse amidst partisan bickering over trade policy in Washington. A trade...
2 March 2011
The Doha Round negotiations at the WTO: indispensable, or irrelevant? According to former EU trade commissioner Leon Brittan, the fate of the struggling multilateral trade talks is no less than the canary in the coalmine signalling whether the world's governments might prove able to cooperate on...
2 March 2011
Transatlantic friction over Canada's vast bitumen oil deposits came to a head last week, after secret EU documents appeared to suggest that Ottawa had threatened to pull the plug on a prospective bilateral trade pact if Europe insisted on introducing an environmental clause for oil imports. The...
2 March 2011
The information in patent documents and applications can play an important role in improving access to medicines, said experts at a symposium on "Access to Medicines, Patent Information and Freedom to Operate" in Geneva last month. Procurement agencies, research institutions, industry and other...
2 March 2011
Opening up the markets of Brazil, India and other emerging economies through an agreement in the Doha Round of WTO negotiations would play a crucial part in meeting Washington's goal of doubling US exports by 2014, the White House said last Wednesday in its annual economic report . The report - not...
2 March 2011
The US finds its controversial practice of ‘zeroing' in the line of fire again, as China on Monday initiated WTO dispute proceedings over Washington's anti-dumping duties on Chinese shrimp. Despite having lost several WTO cases on the issue, most recently against Brazil for duties on orange juice,...
2 March 2011
Coming soon 7 March, Paris. WHAT SOLUTION FOR THE JAPANESE ECONOMY? This seminar, hosted by the Institut français des relations international (Ifri), is organised around Richard Collasse, CEO of Chanel K.K. in Japan and chaired by Françoise Nicolas, Director at the Center for Asian Studies, Ifri...
2 March 2011
IPC POLICY FOCUS: BIOFUEL AND FOOD SECURITY: TIME TO CONSIDER SAFETY VALVES? By Brian Wright. International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council, February 2011. The rapid increase of biofuel production from agricultural feedstock has driven grain prices higher and is keeping aggregate...