Reflections on the Bali deal

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17 February 2014
17 February 2014
Abstract: The agreement on Trade Facilitation concluded at the WTO Ministerial in Bali offers groundbreaking special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries. This article analyses key elements in the ACP S&DT proposal that became part of Section II of the new...
17 February 2014
Trade Facilitation: What's in it for least developed and developing countries? Ministers formally signed off on their first multilateral trade deal in nearly two decades on 7 December 2013 in Bali, after intense and difficult negotiations. The final agreement contains decisions on the three pillars...
17 February 2014
Abstract: A deal at the WTO’s Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, could now see the global trade body turn over a new leaf. Trade ministers meeting on the Indonesian island province of Bali announced last December that they had finalised negotiations for a global trade pact - the first...
17 February 2014
Will the buzz of the Bali deal, which was concluded after weeks of intensive work, linger in our mouths as the taste of a great wine that begs to be drank some more or does the international community risk having a bad ‘hangover’? Of course, neither option is correct; rather, it is a combination of...
17 February 2014
The package resulting from the Ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia marks the successful culmination of a negotiation process in which members explored the possibility of concluding agreements in specific areas of general interest ahead of schedule. The...
17 February 2014
"We have put the world back in the World Trade Organization." With these words, the Director-General of the WTO, Roberto Azevêdo, expressed the importance of the agreement reached in the Ninth Ministerial Conference that took place in Bali, Indonesia. The conclusion of this process left us with...
17 February 2014
On 6 December 2013, following the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, the European Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, remarked " we have saved the WTO ". The Bali Ministerial reached agreement on some of the areas of negotiation: Trade facilitation, a package for Least...
17 February 2014
With a quote from Nelson Mandela, "It always seems impossible until it's done," the Chairman adjourned the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Like all true negotiations, the process was plagued with uncertainty, bouts of euphoria, and periods of discouragement. The...
17 February 2014
I make these reflections without having been involved in the negotiations on this occasion. I have participated in other complex negotiations, such as the Doha Round, but this latest has without a doubt produced an encouraging outcome for the multilateral system and for those who still believe in...
17 February 2014
Abstract: The EU and West Africa have reached a compromise on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), following over a decade of negotiations. The trade pact is meant to provide 16 West African countries with long-term access to the European market, without being subjected to tariffs or quotas...
17 February 2014
Abstract: South Africa's efforts to reform its intellectual property (IP) regime in order to improve access to medicines has sparked a firestorm lately, with major pharmaceutical companies openly at odds with civil society and developing countries. South Africa's efforts to reform its intellectual...
17 February 2014
Abstract: A group of 14 WTO members - including the US, EU, and China - has agreed to pursue "global free trade" in environmental goods, announcing end of January their plan to negotiate a plurilateral deal that would eliminate tariffs on such products. A group of 14 WTO members - including the US...
17 February 2014
European Commission Announces 2030 Climate, Energy Goals The European Commission unveiled its 2030 climate and energy policy framework on 22 January 2014, calling for a 40 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target below 1990 levels and an EU-wide binding renewable energy target of at least 27...
17 February 2014
Agriculture and Food Security Group : A Post-Bali Food Security Agenda - ICTSD - February 2014 This policy analysis paper was prepared for the E15 Agriculture and Food Security Group by Theme Leader, Stefan Tangermann. The paper builds on group discussions of the proposals and analysis submitted to...