Lamy Urges Countries to 'Remain Vigilant' against Protectionism

Volume
13,
Number
14
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22 April 2009
22 April 2009
WTO delegates meeting in Geneva last week agreed that, despite warnings to the contrary, the world economy has not fallen into an all-out tit-for-tat protectionist battle since onset of the global financial crisis in September. But WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the trade officials that...
22 April 2009
A recent letter from US Trade Representative Ron Kirk downplays the notion that the Obama Administration would implement a border tax on imports from large developing countries to help domestic industry under a cap-and-trade scheme. Kirk issued the statement in response to questioning from...
22 April 2009
Norway has said it will bring a WTO challenge against the European Union if the bloc moves ahead with a proposed ban on trade in seal products. Environmentalists, who claim that the seal hunt is inherently cruel and inhumane, have long fought for such a prohibition. "The Norwegian government has...
22 April 2009
Resisting the will of the European Commission, Germany has become the sixth European country to impose a national ban on the cultivation of MON810, a genetically modified strain of maize. The country said the ban, imposed on 14 April, was based on environmental concerns, but agriculture giant...
22 April 2009
David Walker, New Zealand’s ambassador to the WTO, is the new chair of the agriculture negotiations at the WTO. The third New Zealander to hold the position, he will be responsible for nurturing a consensus on agricultural issues in the WTO's Doha Round. Walker faces a tough task in resurrecting...
22 April 2009
Beijing launched a WTO challenge to a US ban on Chinese poultry imports on Friday. The request for consultations follows months of outspoken criticism from Chinese officials, who denounced the regulation before the WTO’s Agriculture Committee last month (see Bridges Trade BioRes, 20 March 2009,...
22 April 2009
Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, the European Union and Mexico have presented their candidates for two vacancies on the WTO’s Appellate Body, the organistion’s highest court. The Appellate Body (AB), which is composed of seven judges, saw the departure of one of its members, Luiz Olavo Baptista, a...
22 April 2009
Canada has launched a WTO case against a South Korean ban on imports of Canadian beef, Ottawa announced on 9 April. The ban was put in place five years ago after Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was found in Canadian cattle, but Ottawa now insists that a prohibition based on...
22 April 2009
24 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland. SHORT COURSE ON KEY INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ISSUES: BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGY GAP. The second in a series of short courses on key international economic issues, put on my UNCTAD, is for delegates and staff from permanent missions in Geneva. The aim is to give...
22 April 2009
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC BULLETIN. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2009 April. This new periodical draws on the expertise of Carnegie’s global centres to provide a candid view of the economic crisis and its political implications. Addressing the momentous challenges of the economic...