Food Price Volatility Dominates Farm Ministers’ Summit

Volume
15,
Number
2
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26 January 2011
26 January 2011
High and volatile food prices dominated discussions at a farm ministers' summit on trade and food security in Berlin this weekend. However, while participants reached broad agreement on the problem, they disagreed over its causes and preferred solutions, with the role played by financial market...
26 January 2011
The mood music surrounding the Doha Round negotiations is once again sounding less despondent. It remains unclear, however, whether the better atmospherics will translate into tangible narrowing in the deep divisions that have long kept governments from an accord in the struggling global trade...
26 January 2011
The EU's production-linked farm subsidies fell to a record low of 12.3 billion euros in marketing year 2007/08, according to the bloc's latest formal report to the WTO. At the same time, payments that are supposedly unrelated to trade and production reached a new high of 62.6 billion euros...
26 January 2011
Trade officials from a group of 42 WTO members have recently ramped up talks to iron out differences in the ongoing negotiations on updating the rules governing WTO dispute. The urgency comes from the new push to conclude the Doha Round by the end of this year. While the Dispute Settlement...
26 January 2011
After a first request was blocked by the Dominican Republic in this weeks' DSB meeting, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador requested a special session of the DSB to be held 7 February to establish a panel to determine the legality of the Dominican Republic's protective measures...
26 January 2011
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to call on Congress to pass a free trade agreement with South Korea "as soon as possible," saying that it would boost exports and create jobs. He also pledged to "only sign [trade] deals that keep faith with American workers and...
26 January 2011
Despite a number of potential obstacles, Canada is confident that it will sign a bilateral free trade agreement with the EU by the end of the year, a senior Canadian official said following a round of negotiations last week. Ross Hornby, Canada's ambassador to the EU, told a Brussels audience on...
26 January 2011
Coming soon 26 - 30 January, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2011. This annual meeting of world leaders in industry, government, academia, civil society, and media aims to provide a re-thinking of the WEF systems and explore strategies and solutions that have...
26 January 2011
ASIA'S FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: IS BUSINESS RESPONDING? By Hasahiro Kawai. (Asian Development Bank, ADB Instite, Edward Elgar, 2011.) Motivated by the rapid spread of free trade agreements in Asia over the last decade, this study delves into the business impact of Asian FTAs by using enterprise...