"Signs of Momentum" in WTO Doha Round Talks, Lamy Says

Volume
16,
Number
33
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3 October 2012
3 October 2012
Nearly a year after last December's ministerial conference, signs are emerging that WTO members could soon be reviving their efforts in moving the Doha Round talks forward, after the negotiations were formally declared at an impasse last year. However, despite recent proposals of deliverables that...
3 October 2012
New negotiating proposals aimed at reinvigorating the WTO's long-running Doha Round have provided a welcome boost to the trade talks, delegates in Geneva told Bridges this week. The unofficial documents were tabled by the G-20 group of developing countries that are active in WTO agriculture talks,...
3 October 2012
Canada and Norway surprised many in the trade community last week by proceeding to the next formal stage in their challenge of the EU's ban on seal products ( DS400 , DS401 ). In requesting the WTO Director-General to appoint a panel of experts to review the case, Ottawa and Oslo re-ignited a...
3 October 2012
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched its annual high level meetings - otherwise known as Assemblies - on Monday, against the backdrop of a changing innovation landscape and calls for improved intellectual property (IP) rules to provide an even playing field in the troubled...
3 October 2012
The US-China dispute over allegedly unfair anti-subsidy duties on various Chinese products moved up to the WTO's panel stage on Friday, after Beijing lodged a second panel request at the global trade arbiter. The dispute between Ukraine and Australia over Canberra's plain packaging legislation for...
3 October 2012
A coalition of 25 European solar panel manufacturers has requested that the European Union impose tariffs of up to 120 percent on a range of imported Chinese solar products. While the complaint had been filed by the ProSun coalition in July, the details had not been made available publicly until...
3 October 2012
Sunday passed without a new Farm Bill in Washington, with the date marking the expiration of the 2008 version of the omnibus legislation governing US farm policy and spending. Some fear that this may mean a return to Depression-era policies of production controls and other restrictions on American...
3 October 2012
High prices for US farm goods meant trade-distorting subsidies remained low in 2010, according to new data that the government has provided to the WTO. However, record payments for 'food stamps' that help the poor buy food has pushed total farm support to a new record, the figures show. US 'amber...
3 October 2012
The role of South-South cooperation in the field of intellectual property (IP) took centre stage at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting last Friday, ahead of the UN agency's General Assemblies that began this Monday. Although South-South cooperation has already been...
3 October 2012
Coming soon 4 October, Paris, France. 2012 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA. Organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre in collaboration with various other organisations, this annual meeting of European and African policymakers,...
3 October 2012
WHY A BREAKUP OF THE EURO AREA MUST BE AVOIDED: LESSONS FROM PREVIOUS BREAKUPS. By Anders Åslund for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (August 2012). This paper addresses the possible collapse of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), arguing that a collapse of such a...