Slow Progress in WTO Ag Talks as Easter Target Looms

Volume
15,
Number
9
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16 March 2011
16 March 2011
Officials from a few WTO members are this week continuing to meet bilaterally to explore scope for possible trade-offs across negotiating areas in the troubled Doha Round trade negotiations. However, these discussions have so far failed to generate any sign of progress in the agriculture talks, as...
16 March 2011
In an unexpected reversal of an earlier ruling, the WTO Appellate Body handed China a major victory in its WTO case against US anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on several types of Chinese steel pipes, off-road tyres and woven sacks. Despite losing almost all of its claims in the...
16 March 2011
A deal to liberalise access to billions of dollars worth of public procurement contracts among some forty-one WTO members is "within reach" and could be concluded as early as May, the chair of the WTO committee on government procurement said last week. "While there is no doubt that important gaps...
16 March 2011
A revised draft agreement text for prospective WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies appears likely to be issued in time for a late-April deadline, following a week of discussions in the Doha Round Negotiating Group on Rules. However, with the persistence of differences on issues such as fuel...
16 March 2011
China last year became the world's largest manufacturer, ending the US's run of over a century and returning to the rung that the Asian giant has occupied for much of the past five hundred years. According to research from IHS Global Insight first reported on by the Financial Times, the value of...
16 March 2011
Norway has announced that it will join Canada in its request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel over the EU's ban on seal product imports. The 15 March statement by the Nordic sealing nation was not unexpected, as it has historically allied itself with Ottawa over the...
16 March 2011
Coming soon 17 March, London. CHINA IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS: COMPREHENSIVE AND SUSTAINED DEVELOPMENT AT HOME AND WIN-WIN COOPERATION WITH THE WORLD. Hosted by Chatham House, Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming will discuss the review of the 12th Five-Year Plan and the efforts to formulate a blueprint...
16 March 2011
INNOVATING FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND WINNING THE FUTURE. By Daniel Gagnier. International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2011. In his 2011 State of the Union Address, Barack Obama challenged Americans to "win the future" with innovation, including clean energy technology. Clean energy...