WTO Industrial Goods Talks Inch Forward on NTBs

Volume
14,
Number
27
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21 July 2010
21 July 2010
Negotiators working to reduce barriers to trade in manufactured goods as part of the troubled Doha Round talks took some more baby steps last week towards agreeing on how to address non-tariff measures as part of an eventual WTO accord. While tariffs used to be the principal obstacle to trade in...
21 July 2010
Bleary-eyed delegates made their way home from Montreal, Canada over the weekend after a week of late-night negotiating sessions on access and benefit sharing. The goal of this meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was to establish a reasonably clean text that could...
21 July 2010
Trading at prices unheard of in the last thirty years, cocoa is drawing the attention of hedge funds and civil society alike. Armajaro, a London-based commodities fund, recently bought futures contracts worth UK£650 million - an amount equivalent to seven percent of all of the cocoa grown in the...
21 July 2010
"Global public health is a complex puzzle and getting it right is a teasing challenge, involving effective use of the full set of applicable policy tools," Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said Friday when opening a one-day technical symposium on access to...
21 July 2010
The heads of state of Argentina and China met in Beijing last week for a series of talks, only to find themselves skirting the issue of China's recent ban on imports of Argentine soybean oil, a subject that has created major trade tensions between the two countries since April. Rather than address...
21 July 2010
In a landmark move designed to help the fight against poverty and world hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has decided to grant free and open access to its central data repository, FAOSTAT. This database , which contains over one million data points covering 210 countries and...
21 July 2010
In a whirlwind turn of events, Afghanistan and Pakistan reached a landmark agreement on Sunday on a transit trade deal that, only two weeks ago, had left negotiators at an impasse . US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on hand as the two countries signed the pact. The following day, she...
21 July 2010
A top Indian trade official suggested this week that New Delhi might agree to make steep cuts on some industrial sectors - a key demand of Washington as the price for breaking the deadlock in the Doha Round talks. India long pointed to the negotiating mandate's explicit statement that participation...
21 July 2010
22 July, Tokyo, Japan. SEMINAR ON INSTITUTIONS FOR INTEGRATION: TOWARD AN ASIAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY. This seminar, co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will serve as an opportunity for the ADB to both present its latest study on how to...
21 July 2010
INCREASING THE MOMENTUM OF FOSSIL-FUEL SUBSIDY REFORM: A ROADMAP FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. By Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders, and Kati Kulovsi, International Institute for Sustainable Development, June 2010. This paper, prepared by the Global Subsidies Initiative under IISD's Bali to Copenhagen...