Time to "Change Gears" on Doha, Lamy Urges WTO Members

Volume
16,
Number
29
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25 July 2012
25 July 2012
The first half of this year has seen "meagre progress" in moving the Doha talks forward, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told delegates on Wednesday, reiterating his earlier call that 2012 "not be a wasted year." During today's meeting, WTO members also formally signed off on revised accession...
25 July 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation approving Russia's accession to the WTO, the Kremlin announced on Saturday, marking the last step in a process that began in 1993. Back in Washington, the push to repeal Cold War-era trade restrictions on Russia received a new shot of energy...
25 July 2012
Following ten days of intense negotiations, members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed to further advance discussions on a new legal instrument for copyright exceptions and limitations for the visually impaired and reading disabled. The WIPO copyright body also considered...
25 July 2012
The debate over balancing public policy objectives with multilateral trade rules ratcheted up another notch last week, after the Dominican Republic became the latest WTO member to formally challenge an Australian law intended to make cigarette packaging less appealing to consumers. Meanwhile, the...
25 July 2012
Chinese firms landed a major victory last week, as the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upheld a lower court ruling that a Chinese chemical manufacturer was free from state interference in its business activities, despite the country's government being a minority shareholder. The ruling - which was...
25 July 2012
The European Commission has requested approval from the bloc's 27 member states to start negotiations with Japan for a free trade deal, as part of a broader effort to boost growth and jobs in the struggling eurozone. "Let's be clear: We need these jobs, and we need this growth in the current...
25 July 2012
China is set to submit a new offer by the end of this year as part of its efforts to join the 42-country Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), it announced at last week's meeting of the WTO committee tasked with administering the plurilateral pact. At the 18 July gathering, Beijing told parties...
25 July 2012
Coming soon 26-27 July, Heredia, Costa Rica. DIALOGO SOBRE "LAS OPORTUNIDADES DE LOS PAÍSES DE AMÉRICA LATINA EN UNA TRANSICIÓN HACIA LA ECONOMÍA VERDE." In partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) and with support from the Centro Internacional...
25 July 2012
THE FUTURE AND THE WTO: CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES. Published by ICTSD and edited by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Christophe Bellmann, and Miguel Rodriguez Mendoza (July 2012). More than a decade following the launch of the WTO's Doha Round, this collection of short essays aims to help in the search for...