Doha Talks Get New Energy at Cairns Group Meeting

Volume
13,
Number
21
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10 June 2009
10 June 2009
Trade ministers meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the Cairns Group of agricultural exporters have breathed new life into the Doha Round of trade talks, which many had declared dead after a collapse in high-level negotiations in Geneva last summer. But officials emerging from this week's...
10 June 2009
Key trade officials marked the occasion of the first World Oceans day by calling for reform of global fisheries subsidies. Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO, and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk released separate statements recognising both the threat of overfishing and the role that...
10 June 2009
Three members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Lesotho, Swaziland, and Botswana - signed an interim economic partnership agreement, or EPA, with the European Union on 4 June. The deal will give the SADC countries access to EU markets while the parties negotiate a permanent EPA...
10 June 2009
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin threw a curveball to the trade community yesterday with his announcement that Russia will abandon efforts to join the WTO as a single nation. Instead, Russia will seek entry as a new customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, to be launched 1 January 2010...
10 June 2009
German custom officials seized a shipment of generic drug Amoxicillin that was passing through Frankfurt, Germany en route to the Republic of Vanuatu last month, adding fuel to an ongoing debate over whether European patent rules are inhibiting access to medicines in developing countries. The...
10 June 2009
Members of the WTO's Balance-of-Payments Committee agreed last week to allow Ecuador to continue to impose import restrictions while the country struggles to bring its finances under control. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of 1994 and the General Agreement on Trade in Services both...
10 June 2009
11 June, Geneva, Switzerland. THE ROLE OF OPEN MARKETS AND THE WTO IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS. As part of World Trade Week UK, the United Kingdom's Mission in Geneva and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are hosting an informal dialogue on the role of open...
10 June 2009
ECONOMIC REPORT ON AFRICA 2009: DEVELOPING AFRICAN AGRICULTURE THROUGH REGIONAL VALUE CHAINS. Economic Commission for Africa, 2009. The Economic Report on Africa (ERA) is an annual publication that provides a comprehensive analysis of developments in African economies over the preceding year, and...