Doha ‘Stocktaking’ Outcome: More of the Same

Volume
14,
Number
12
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31 March 2010
31 March 2010
The WTO's week-long "stocktaking" of the Doha Round trade talks ended on Friday with a whimper, not a bang. The much-touted goal of concluding the negotiations toward a global trade deal before the end of 2010 - an objective laid out by heads of state last year - was quietly set aside, as officials...
31 March 2010
World trade flows will bounce back in 2010 after a record-breaking decline last year, the WTO said on Friday. The recovery will be led by developing country economies, which should see export volumes rise by 11 percent from the lows of 2009, the global trade body announced. Industrialised country...
31 March 2010
US President Barack Obama has forced the appointment of two important trade officials after months of political delays in the US Senate. New Deputy US Trade Representative and Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke and Chief Agricultural Negotiator Islam "Isi" Siddiqui have been confirmed thanks to...
31 March 2010
India will bring a WTO challenge against any "carbon taxes" that rich countries impose on Indian imports, Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said this week. "If they impose such a tax, we will take them to the WTO dispute settlement forum," the minister told The Hindu Business Line, an...
31 March 2010
Secrecy has been one of the biggest problems with the prospective ‘Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement'. The negotiations, involving a small number of mostly industrialised countries, have been secretive even by the standards of international trade negotiations: neither draft agreement texts nor...
31 March 2010
Both Canada and Colombia will be required to conduct yearly assessments of the human rights implications of their new free trade agreement, according to a new amendment to the deal currently before the Canadian Parliament. Added on 25 March, the amendment was negotiated by Scott Brison, an MP from...
31 March 2010
A group of West African countries and the European Union (EU) crept closer to reaching a trade deal during negotiations in Brussels last week, although long-standing disagreements remain. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - a regional group of 15 countries that is joined by...
31 March 2010
The United States has asked that a WTO dispute settlement panel rule on the legality of duties that the Philippines slaps onto imports of distilled spirits, the Office of the US Trade Representative announced on Friday. Washington initiated the dispute in January with an official request for...
31 March 2010
5 April, Washington DC, US. TRADE REMEDIES. In this eighth seminar of the Washington International Trade Association's Professional Development Series, the topics of discussion are dumping, countervailing duties and Sections 201, 301 and 337 cases. Questions to be addressed include: What are these...
31 March 2010
COMPETITIVENESS AND CLIMATE POLICIES: IS THERE A CASE FOR RESTRICTIVE UNILATERAL TRADE MEASURES? Published by ICTSD, December 2009. Further climate change seems inevitable. However, the damage can be limited if concrete, substantive action is taken to significantly reduce carbon and other...