With Easter Looming, WTO Members Acknowledge “Huge Gaps” on Doha

Volume
15,
Number
11
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30 March 2011
30 March 2011
As Easter approaches, trade negotiators' thoughts turn to resurrection. Not of the ecclesiastical variety so much as in terms of reviving the long-struggling Doha Round of global trade negotiations. But resurrections are rare events, and recent attempts by WTO members to bridge divisions ahead of...
30 March 2011
Agriculture negotiations at the WTO have been thrown into disarray following inconclusive bilateral consultations involving the US and China and India, with the width of gaps revealed responsible for the impasse reached in discussions among the 'G-11' group of key countries, sources say. Numerous...
30 March 2011
Officials from the G-20 group of leading economies are expressing hope that the group could play a leadership role in addressing price volatility in agricultural markets, as key food exporters did not reject out of hand a call for measures disciplining the use of export restrictions, as they have...
30 March 2011
WTO members last week established four panels to adjudicate disputes, two concerning import bans on seal products, one over Chinese measures on credit cards, and one concerning Chinese anti-dumping duties imposed on US steel. At the same 25 March meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, they...
30 March 2011
Negotiators from the EU, Colombia and Peru last Thursday initialled a comprehensive trade agreement , paving the way for the formal signing and ratification of the accord. Talks on the deal, which will ultimately liberalise all trade in industrial and fisheries products among the participating...
30 March 2011
In a ruling released last Friday, a WTO dispute panel sided with Brazil in its dispute with the US concerning the method Washington used to calculate anti-dumping duties on Brazilian orange juice. Brazil first filed the complaint in 2008. Following in the footsteps of several previous WTO rulings,...
30 March 2011
The EU announced last Friday that it was appealing a WTO panel decision that found the 27-member bloc's method for applying anti-dumping duties on various Chinese screws, nuts and bolts to contravene multilateral trade rules. The panel ruling against the EU found fault with several of the...
30 March 2011
Coming Soon 31 March, Washington, D.C. OIL PRICES AND MIDDLE EAST TURMOIL: THE ECONOMIC CONSQUENCES. Held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Pease, this event is the first in a two-part series on commodity prices and their broader implications. Turmoil in the Middle East has injected huge...
30 March 2011
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS: NEGOTIATIONS AND DISPUTES. By Mahnaz Malik. International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2011. This paper examines the recent developments both in International Investment Treaty negotiations and investor-State disputes. It...