Lamy: Concluding Round In 2007 Not Out Of Reach Yet

Volume
10,
Number
43
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20 December 2006
20 December 2006
Concluding the Doha Round negotiations in 2007 is still possible, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told Members on 14 December, but only if countries come forward with concrete new concessions early in the new year. "New flexibilities have been announced by major players in general terms," he said...
20 December 2006
In a speech to WTO Members on aid for trade, Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted the importance of monitoring and evaluation to ensuring that trade-related assistance efforts are effective. The aim was not to turn the WTO into a development agency, he said. Instead, he envisioned a scenario in...
20 December 2006
China this month marks the fifth anniversary of its accession to the WTO. On 11 December, five years to the day since it joined the global trade body, Beijing announced a regulation removing several restrictions on foreign ownership in its banking sector. This is one of the last pieces of the...
20 December 2006
Months after the Doha Round negotiations were suspended in July, WTO Members on 12 December restarted informal discussions on how to discipline fisheries subsidies. The largely technical debate focused on the possible role of external input, notably from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (...
20 December 2006
MEMBERS APPROVE TRANSPARENCY MECHANISM FOR FTAs In a rare instance of consensus in the troubled Doha Round negotiations, WTO Members voted on 14 December to endorse a new transparency mechanism for scrutinising each other's bilateral and regional free-trade agreements. They will now be required to...
20 December 2006
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20 December 2006
EU MEMBER STATES BACK AUSTRIAN BAN ON BIOTECH PRODUCTS In a resounding defeat for the European Commission, a large majority of EU member states on 18 December voted in support of Austria's right to ban two genetically modified maize varieties. While these crops have already been approved at the EU-...