WTO Ag Talks: Negotiators Close to Final Bali Deal

Volume
17,
Number
39
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21 November 2013
21 November 2013
Trade officials are close to clinching a final deal on agriculture for the WTO's ninth ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia, sources confirmed to Bridges this week. However, a few key issues remain to be resolved in the coming days and could still affect the final outcome for the December...
21 November 2013
Talks to finalise a list of products to add to the WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA) have now been extended through the end of this week, in the hopes of giving participants more time to clinch a deal ahead of next month's ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia. Separately, sources...
21 November 2013
Negotiators for the planned US-EU trade agreement concluded their second round of talks last week in Brussels, with officials from both sides reporting "good and steady progress." With the discussions reportedly back on their original timetable after a brief delay in October, both parties are now...
21 November 2013
The long-standing fight between Mexico and the US over Washington's dolphin-safe labelling programme is set to go another round at the WTO, after Mexico City formally filed a request for the establishment of a "compliance panel" with the global trade arbiter last Friday. The move makes good on...
21 November 2013
Chief negotiators from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are gathering in Salt Lake City this week, for a meeting that many trade observers expect to be a potential indicator of whether their countries' ministers will be able to announce a completed deal in Singapore next month. TPP...
21 November 2013
EU and Japanese officials are hoping to speed up negotiations for a bilateral trade pact, officials said this week, ahead of a key April deadline for reviewing the talks' progress. The EU and Japan have held three rounds of trade talks since the negotiations formally kicked off in March, with the...
21 November 2013
US officials are becoming increasingly pessimistic over whether they will be able to renew Trade Promotion Authority - a key piece of legislation for authorising trade pacts - before the end of the year, even as trade negotiators race to conclude the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in...
21 November 2013
Coming soon 25-27 November, New York, US. FIFTH MEETING OF THE OPEN WORKING GROUP ON SDGS. The fifth session of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals is expected to discuss sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including,...
21 November 2013
AGRICULTURAL EXPORT RESTRICTIONS AND THE WTO: WHAT OPTIONS DO POLICY-MAKERS HAVE FOR PROMOTING FOOD SECURITY? By Giovanni Anania for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (November 2013). This paper examines the likely trade, food security, and development...