Services Council Creates 'Roadmap' for Negotiations

Volume
4,
Number
21
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30 May 2000
30 May 2000
Meeting for 'Services Week' over the past number of days, WTO Members gathered for a series of meetings on services issues in Geneva, including financial services, most-favoured-nation (MFN) exemptions, and a Special Session on services negotiations. At the Special Session on 26 May, trade envoys...
30 May 2000
The US House of Representatives on 24 May approved, by a 237-197 vote, legislation granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the US. PNTR would put China on par with the US' other WTO trading partners, and replaces the annual process of Congressional debate over China's trade...
30 May 2000
In the latest development in the long-running EU-US dispute over hormone treated beef, the European Commission (EC) on 24 May adopted a proposal to permanently ban the growth hormone 17-beta oestradiol for any use with farm animals and to implement a provisional ban on five other growth hormones...
30 May 2000
Delegates from over 300 countries will meet from 30 May-15 June for the 88th Session of the International Labour Conference at International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva. In advance of the conference, the ILO released "Your Voice at Work," a report examining trends in countries...
30 May 2000
Leaders from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan met in mid-May to discuss efforts to launch a Eurasian customs union. Leaders set a September deadline for establishing the customs union, under which the five countries would establish a common tariff, customs and tax policy. The...
30 May 2000
An EU Parliament - Council Conciliation Committee on 23 May agreed to require carmakers to pay the costs of recycling both existing cars and new cars from the 2001 model year. The EU end-of-life vehicles law would require car manufacturers to pay costs associated with recycling and other forms of...
30 May 2000
On 25 May, the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body completed the appointments to the Appellate Body by selecting Mr. Yasuhei Taniguchi of Japan as a new member. Mr. Taniguchi replaces Mr. C. Beeby of New Zealand, who passed away on 19 March. Appellate Body members are usually appointed for a four year...
30 May 2000
The Philippines Agriculture Secretary Edgardo Angara on 25 May said the Philippines would move forward with its complaint against Australia for Australia's ban on Philippine mango, banana and pineapple exports. Mr. Angara noted that consultations between the two countries failed to settle the...
30 May 2000
For more information on these events please visit ICTSD's online calendar at: http://www.ictsd.org/html/calendar.htm 29 May, Moscow, Russia: EU-RUSSIA SUMMIT. For information contact: European Commission, DG-1 (Trade), Information Unit, fax: (32-2) 296- 9854, email: [email protected]..
30 May 2000
PRIVATE CAPITAL FLOWS TO AFRICA. 2000. by Nils Bhinda, Stephanie Griffith-Jones, Johnathan Leape, Matthew Martin. This book presents the facts on the scale and composition of private capital flows to Africa and the difficulties in monitoring them, looks at what motivates people to invest, focuses...
3 May 2000
Russia moved one step closer in its bid to join the WTO last week, at the first meeting in 18 months of the WTO working group on Russian accession. Russia is currently looking to accelerate its six-year efforts to join the organisation, and has said that it will make its international obligations...