Global Trade Grows, So Do Imbalances

Volume
14,
Number
30
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8 September 2010
8 September 2010
Global goods trade in the first half of 2010 was about 25 percent higher than the same period of the year before, and the value of worldwide merchandise trade grew during the second quarter, according to new data from the WTO secretariat. But the volume of global trade remains well below the peaks...
8 September 2010
Controversial multi-country negotiations on an "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" are within striking distance of conclusion, according to a leaked draft text. The secrecy surrounding the talks took another hit this week when Knowledge Ecology International, a Washington-based non-governmental...
8 September 2010
Ongoing free trade agreement talks between the EU and India have been "hijacked" by big business with potentially dire consequences for small farmers, fisherman, shop owners, and unions, two civil society campaign groups allege in a new report. In the joint report, entitled "Trade Invaders: How Big...
8 September 2010
Last week, ministers and other top officials made progress on establishing the details of how hundreds of billions of dollars in climate aid will be raised and distributed. The informal meeting in Geneva, co-hosted by Switzerland and Mexico, aimed to clarify the status of the billions of dollars...
8 September 2010
Governments’ trade policies tend to be full of contradictions. They preach the virtues of free trade, then fight tooth and nail at the WTO to preserve the right to levy import duties and subsidise farmers. But in the absence of import-competing interests, it becomes easier for theory and practice...
8 September 2010
The chair of the WTO's agricultural trade negotiations, New Zealand Ambassador David Walker, will take up a new post in Wellington from April 2011. WTO members have yet to begin the process of deciding who should replace him, trade sources said. Walker, who was appointed to chair the talks on farm...
8 September 2010
The EU violated its commitments under multilateral trade rules by levying import duties on high-tech electronic products like flat-panel computer monitors, a WTO dispute panel recently determined, siding with Japan, Taiwan, and the US. The three governments had alleged that EU duties on the...
8 September 2010
Coming up this week 13-15 September, Tianjin, China. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S 4TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NEW CHAMPION (SUMMER DAVOS). The Annual Meeting of the New Champions provides a platform for the rising generation of global leaders from business and society to contribute to broader policy...
8 September 2010
TRADING FOOD: FOOD SECURITY POLICIES IN LATIN AMERICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA AND SOUTHERN AFRICA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR TRADE AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION. By Pedro da Motta Veiga (International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2010). This synthesis report draws on three regional policy reports...