Lamy: "Clearer" Road to Bali Ministerial, Though Work Remains

Volume
17,
Number
27
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25 July 2013
25 July 2013
Negotiations for the WTO's upcoming Ministerial Conference in Bali have picked up the pace in recent weeks, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy reported on Monday, keeping hopes alive for potentially achieving a successful outcome in December. However, many members have warned, much more work remains...
25 July 2013
China has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of US and South Korean polysilicon, an ingredient used in making solar panels, officials announced last week. The news marks the latest in a series of high-profile disagreements between China and its partners over trade in solar energy...
25 July 2013
Agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto will scrap all pending approval requests to grow new types of genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union in the coming months, company officials confirmed on 17 July. The company will now focus its efforts on securing EU approval to import...
25 July 2013
The US has publicly announced a labour "action plan" for Bangladesh aimed at improving worker conditions in the country, months after the factory collapse in Savar that claimed 1129 lives. The plan released last week is meant to provide a roadmap for the Asian country to gain reinstatement into the...
25 July 2013
Global trade is set to undergo a series of rapid changes in the coming years, moulded by economic, political, and social factors as well as the rise of emerging powers, according to a new report published by the WTO last week. Such changes are likely to pose fresh challenges and opportunities for...
25 July 2013
Japan formally began its participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on Tuesday, making it the 12th member - and second-largest economy - in the group. The current round of negotiations is set to end later today in Malaysia. The participation of Japan in the negotiations - which also...
25 July 2013
Japan launched a WTO challenge yesterday against Russia's controversial vehicle recycling fee, marking Moscow's second dispute at the global trade arbiter since becoming a member a year ago. The news comes just weeks after the EU filed a complaint of its own against Russia on the same subject. Like...
25 July 2013
The EU has generally managed to resist protectionist pressures in its efforts to weather the ongoing financial crisis, according to a WTO secretariat report released last week. However, the report, which was issued as part of the global trade body's biennial review of EU trade policies, also...
25 July 2013
Coming soon 30 July, Washington, US. THE NEXT 50 YEARS OF THE AFRICAN UNION. This conference, hosted by the Brookings Institution, will address the priorities for Africa and its goal of becoming a global driver of growth in the next 50 years. Particularly, it will focus on how the continent can...
25 July 2013
THE HYPERGLOBALISATION OF TRADE AND ITS FUTURE. By Arvind Subramanian and Martin Kessler for the Peterson Institute for International Economics. (July 2013). This report argues that the world trading system is facing three fundamental challenges. First, in developed countries, domestic support for...