Finish Line “Clearly in Sight” for WTO Govt Procurement Deal: Chair

Volume
15,
Number
35
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19 October 2011
19 October 2011
Forty-two countries are close to finalising a deal that would liberalise access to billions of dollars worth of public procurement contracts, the chair of the WTO committee on government procurement said yesterday. Delegations are being urged to finish negotiations by the global trade body's...
19 October 2011
Pressure is growing from the EU and US for China to loosen its strict control of its currency, particularly amid new reports of slowing Chinese trade growth. EU trade chief Karel de Gucht and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have lately reiterated the call for China to revalue the yuan -...
19 October 2011
Tensions are building between Brazil and its trade partners over imports, with the Brazilian government announcing on 4 October an investigation on whether China is shipping footwear to the South American country via Vietnam and Indonesia to avoid paying an antidumping tariff. Meanwhile, Japan and...
19 October 2011
Chinese subsidies to solar panel producers are increasingly drawing attention from US lawmakers, as Washington deals with the aftermath of US solar panel maker Solyndra's bankruptcy filing last month. At a news conference on Friday 14 October, Sander Levin - the top Democrat on the powerful House...
19 October 2011
The advent of the cyber age will require changes in copyright infrastructure and documentation to better serve creativity, participants at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference urged last week. The two-day gathering brought together government representatives, national and...
19 October 2011
The co-ordinating body for global food security efforts is focusing its attention on sharp changes in food prices and a set of guidelines for large-scale land acquisitions this week. Experts, activists, and senior political officials are meeting in Rome at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS...
19 October 2011
China's agricultural subsidies doubled between 2005 and 2008, according to new figures provided by the government to the WTO last week. However, the report classes all farm support as ‘green box' - the category for payments that are exempt from any ceiling or cuts on the grounds that they cause no...
19 October 2011
21-22 October, Shanghai, China. CHINA'S TECHNOLOGICAL RISE: MYTHS, REALITIES AND LESSONS FOR GLOBAL DEBATES ON INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. China's technological and scientific development in recent years, particularly in the areas of space exploration, super-computing...
19 October 2011
TO WHAT EXTENT DO EXCHANGE RATES AND THEIR VOLATILITY AFFECT TRADE? By Marilyne Huchet-Bourdon and Jane Korinek for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2011). Trade deficits and surpluses are sometimes attributed to intentionally low or high currency exchange rate...