WTO Members Gear Up For Renewed Agriculture Negotiations

Volume
8,
Number
32
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29 September 2004
29 September 2004
On 24 September, delegates to the WTO met informally to discuss the way forward in agriculture negotiations. The meeting was the first to follow a Framework Agreement reached at the end of July that effectively salvaged the Doha negotiations (see BRIDGES Weekly , 2 August 2004 ). The discussions on...
29 September 2004
Countries are positioning themselves in advance of a 1 October meeting of the WTO Council for Trade in Goods, where Members will address the issue of phase-out of import quotas for textiles scheduled for 1 January 2005. WTO Members whose economies may not be able to compete with volume textile...
29 September 2004
A new offer from Brazil on services trade submitted to the WTO in July has just recently been made public. Brazil made its long-awaited initial offer (TN/S/O/BRA, 21 July 2004, not yet available online) conditional on developments in other areas, including agriculture. The Brazilian offer makes a...
29 September 2004
On 23 September an advisory body to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan -- the Millennium Project -- released a preliminary draft report on meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The draft report, now open for public consultation, is based on the interim reports issued by the ten task forces...
29 September 2004
According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)'s Trade and Development Report 2004, released on 16 September, the global economy is looking better than it was a year ago, as are the prospects for developing countries. However, greater openness to international trade and finance...
29 September 2004
EVENTS ICTSD Event ROUNDTABLE ON EMERGING ISSUES IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CLIMATE AND TRADE REGIMES (CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, ADAPTATION AND THE WTO). The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is organising a roundtable on trade and climate change on 14 October...
29 September 2004
WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2004: UNCTAD NOTES SHIFT TOWARD INVESTMENT IN SERVICES According to the World Investment Report 2004 issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the structure of foreign direct investment (FDI) has shifted noticeably toward services. Services accounted for...
29 September 2004
MAKING TRADE WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT: TRADE-RELATED ASSISTANCE UPDATE: A SELECTION OF CASE STUDIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. By the European Commission (21 September 2004). This report, launched by EU Commissioners Pascal Lamy and Poul Nielson, focuses on success stories from the EU's trade-related...
29 September 2004
VACANCIES International Environmental Agreements (INEA) Politics, Law and Economics Journal is seeking individuals to sit on the journal's Scientific Advisory Board. INEA is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal focusing on theoretical, methodological, and practical dimensions of cooperative...
29 September 2004
CANDIDATES EMERGE FOR WTO DIRECTOR-GENERAL Mauritian Trade Minister Jayakrishna Cuttaree is expected to announce himself this week as a potential candidate for the WTO's top job of Director-General. Currently, only the former Uruguayan trade envoy Carlos Perez del Castillo is competing for the...