New Stage of Consultations Begins as WTO Deadlock Persists

Volume
18,
Number
35
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23 October 2014
23 October 2014
WTO members are still far from a solution on the implementation of the decisions reached at their ministerial conference last December in Bali, Indonesia, with Director-General Roberto Azevêdo warning last Thursday that the impasse could be “the most serious situation that this organisation has...
23 October 2014
The European Parliament has signed off on the proposed slate of officials who will serve in the new European Commission, paving the way for the group to take office in November. The news comes at a particularly busy time for the EU, with the bloc’s leaders also aiming to finalise a new climate and...
23 October 2014
A WTO panel confirmed on Tuesday that the amended version of the US’ country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for livestock and meat imports still violates the non-discrimination requirements featured in global trade rules. Furthermore, the panel said, the revised measure – enacted in 2013...
23 October 2014
Delegates meeting under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Friday closed a two-week long meet held in South Korea after agreeing to a series of 33 decisions. These form a so-called “Pyeongchang roadmap,” named after the city in which the meetings were held, geared...
23 October 2014
The Indian government announced this past weekend that it would be allowing diesel prices to be determined by market forces, in a significant shift in policy aimed at spurring energy-related investment and reducing the fiscal burden of subsidising the industry. “Henceforth, like petrol, the price...
23 October 2014
Singapore and the EU announced last week that they had completed the final section of their free trade deal, specifically the investment talks that had been left outstanding when the rest of the pact was completed a year ago. The discussions have been watched closely given the brewing controversy...
23 October 2014
After nearly two decades of negotiations, Seychelles is set to become the WTO’s 161st member, with the Working Party tasked with the negotiations signing off on the island nation’s accession terms on 17 October. Seychelles’ accession package will now be forwarded to the General Council, which is...
23 October 2014
The past week has marked a particularly busy one for the global trade arbiter, with two new WTO disputes being filed in cases involving Indonesian import curbs on Brazilian chicken products and Chinese anti-dumping duties on a type of Canadian cellulose pulp used in textiles. A panel has also been...
23 October 2014
Coming Soon 27 October, Geneva, Switzerland. IDENTIFYING KEY RENEWABLE ENERGY GOODS FOR INCLUSION IN THE EGA. This event, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will bring together WTO delegates and key experts on environmental goods trade. The goal will...
23 October 2014
POST-BALI NEGOTIATIONS ON AGRICULTURE: THE CHALLENGE OF UPDATING GLOBAL RULES ON TRADE. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (October 2014). This information note summarises some of the findings of the ICTSD e-book “Tackling Agriculture in the Post-...