WTO Members Aim for "Realistic" Doha Deliverables for 2013

Volume
16,
Number
43
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12 December 2012
12 December 2012
One year after the Doha Round of trade talks was formally declared at an impasse, WTO members are beginning to show signs of re-engagement in the negotiations, according to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy. However, he warned delegates last Friday, members must be realistic and pragmatic in the...
12 December 2012
Ukraine's request to renegotiate nearly 400 tariff lines again came under fire from several of its fellow WTO members yesterday, which had been set as the deadline for Kiev's trading partners to state their interest in negotiating compensation for the proposed revisions. The Geneva-based...
12 December 2012
Negotiations went into overtime at year-end UN climate talks last week, as countries grappled with the details of closing one familiar set of negotiating tracks and operationalising a new track aimed at securing a new global climate deal by 2015. Many climate observers vocalised their concerns that...
12 December 2012
Tensions between Argentina and some of its major trading partners became further strained last week, as consultations over various contested trade policies failed to produce agreement. Buenos Aires has now requested that a WTO dispute settlement panel examine complaints it had filed earlier this...
12 December 2012
A subset of WTO members that has been examining over the past year possible ways to lower barriers in services trade hope to formally launch negotiations for a services liberalisation agreement in 2013, sources familiar with the discussions have told Bridges. The group exploring such a move - known...
12 December 2012
In the penultimate step along the road to normalising trade relations between Washington and Moscow, the US Senate voted last Thursday in favour of a bill that repeals a Cold-War era law restricting trade between the two nations. The highly-anticipated legislation - which passed by a margin of 92...
12 December 2012
Poor country governments should invest more in "public goods" for agriculture in order to tackle rural poverty and hunger, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has said. The FAO's flagship annual report on the "State of Food and Agriculture," which was released on 6 December, shines a...
12 December 2012
Bolivia has signed the accession protocol for becoming a full member of South American customs bloc Mercosur, officials announced on Friday. Current Mercosur members will still have to ratify Bolivia's entry to the group for it to become formalised. The news comes just a few weeks after the...
12 December 2012
China's efforts to join the Government Procurement Agreement came under review last week, as parties to the pact discussed Beijing's third revised accession offer. While parties welcomed some of the improvements in this latest offer, sources say, China has been asked to make more revisions before...
12 December 2012
Import surges in wheat flour for Indonesia and sugar and steel rebar for Egypt have caused both countries to introduce emergency safeguards to protect these sectors, the two nations announced late last week in notifications submitted to the WTO. According to the notifications, which were filed in...
12 December 2012
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Change Programme is seeking young professionals or recent post graduate university students for its traineeship programme. The duration of the traineeship is at least four months on a full-time basis. The indicative start date...
12 December 2012
Coming soon 13 December, Washington DC, US, EXPORT CONTROLS REFORM. This event, hosted by the Washington International Trade Association, will explore whether the current US export control system, although crucial, has become unwieldy to the point of no longer serving the country's national...
12 December 2012
DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION REPORT 2012: LESSONS IN LINKING SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT. By the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (November 2012). The Development Co-operation Report is an annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid...