US, Brazil Agree to Negotiate End to Cotton Dispute

Volume
14,
Number
13
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14 April 2010
14 April 2010
Defusing a long-running trade dispute over American cotton subsidies, the United States and Brazil agreed last week to begin negotiating a compromise deal that could prevent the implementation of Brazilian trade sanctions on a wide range of US goods and intellectual property. Brazil agreed to hold...
14 April 2010
New twists have emerged in the strained debate between Beijing and Washington over whether China's government is intentionally keeping its currency low in order to boost exports by making them artificially cheap. Top Chinese policymakers have in recent weeks dropped hints that some appreciation...
14 April 2010
As negotiators gather in New Zealand this week for the eighth round of negotiations toward an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), several civil society groups are scaling up their concerns of the scope and possible effects of some of the provisions under negotiation. Though countries...
14 April 2010
UN climate talks held in Bonn, Germany over the weekend produced only modest progress in the negotiations toward a global deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. The sluggish pace of the weekend discussions suggests that 2010 may turn out to be a painfully slow year for the multilateral climate...
14 April 2010
China announced over the weekend that it will be easing proposed rules that would have severely curtailed foreign firms' access to the lucrative Chinese government procurement market. The original "indigenous innovation" rules that Beijing introduced in November last year - but which were never...
14 April 2010
European farm subsidies - ever the source of controversy, both within and outside the EU - are once again the subject of an official public debate as EU officials prepare to draw up reforms to the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP. In a speech before the European Parliament on Monday,...
14 April 2010
Belarus and Kazakhstan are raising complaints about their new customs union with Russia, although the union of the three former Soviet states will likely continue as planned, experts say. Kazakh officials still support the move toward a customs union, but business leaders are much more critical...
14 April 2010
15-16 April, Paris, France. ADVANCING THE AQUACULTURE AGENDA: POLICIES TO ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE SECTOR. Organised by the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this workshop will provide a platform for policy makers,...
14 April 2010
AID FOR TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE FINANCING MECHANISMS: BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED FOR LDCS AND SVES IN AFRICA. By Vinaye Dey Ancharaz and Riad A. Sultan. ICTSD , January 2010. Climate change-related projects in agriculture, fisheries, and livestock often have trade-related impacts and vice-...