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2008-07-24 06:00:42

By Dan Buglass Rural LITTLE progress is being made in Geneva by the representatives of 35 countries at the World Trade Organisation's discussions aimed at liberalising international commerce. These negotiations, part of the so-called Doha Round, which involves all 152 WTO member states, date back to 2001. Agricultural subsidies and tariffs are a key issue, with many of the world's developing economies taking the view that the EU's Common Agricultural Policy and the support for farmers...

2008-07-09 06:00:21

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 9 July [Report by Ng Tze-Wei: "HK Activists Speak Out on China"] Hong Kong protesters among the thousands of activists in Sapporo to oppose the G8 summit say they want to tell the other side of China's development story. "Globalisation is also causing problems for China, for example, in relation to food security," said Au Loong-yu of Globalisation Monitor, a group that was actively involved in the anti-World Trade...

2008-07-04 12:00:28

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - July 4, 2008) - New research from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) shows how the Group of Eight (G8) Summit in Hokkaido Toyako, Japan, on July 7- 9, can play a unique role in improving policy coherence in global health governance. Global Health Governance and Multi-Level Policy Coherence: Can the G8 Provide a Cure? describes opportunities available to the G8 leaders to remedy weaknesses in the current global health governance regime....

2008-06-16 18:00:26

By Sam Wood THE NATIONAL Beef Association (NBA) has joined with farming bodies across Europe in an attempt to get the European Commission to scrap plans to reduce beef import tariffs. They will try to persuade MEP's to back efforts to convince the European Commission to scrap plans to reduce beef import tariffs by 70%. The NBA says if tariffs are reduced they will have a devastating long term impact on European beef production. The plan is part of the settlement package put forward...

2007-11-27 09:00:53

By Gonzalez, Carmen G INTRODUCTION On September 29, 2006, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel issued its final decision (the EC- Biotech decision) in the complaint brought by the United States, Canada, and Argentina against the European Communities (EC) over the EC's alleged moratorium on the approval and marketing of agricultural and food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).1 The panel concluded that the EC had applied a de facto moratorium on...

2006-09-05 22:53:47

BEIJING (Reuters) - WTO chief Pascal Lamy says the political will may exist to revive stalled global trade talks, but negotiations can resume only if countries compromise on the main stumbling block of agriculture, according to remarks published on Wednesday. Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, told the China Daily that he was testing the political waters in the hope of resurrecting the market-opening talks, known as the Doha round, which were suspended in July....

2006-09-05 09:13:05

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European trade chief Peter Mandelson said on Tuesday he would head to Washington later this month as part of attempts to revive the World Trade Organization's Doha round of trade liberalization talks. Mandelson told the European Parliament he would visit Washington "to meet with figures, personalities on (Capitol) Hill" to discuss the round. He did not comment further. Mandelson and other trade ministers from influential WTO countries are due to meet in...

2006-09-01 11:49:19

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday delayed a World Trade Organization (WTO) probe into whether it has dismantled cotton subsidies ruled illegal by the Geneva-based trade referee. Brazil accuses Washington of failing to abide by a landmark 2004 verdict in which the WTO decreed part of the multi-billion dollar cotton program violated trade rules and demanded sweeping reform. But WTO rules allow members to block an initial request for a probe,...

2006-08-30 13:03:39

By Gilbert Le Gras WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global trade talks are unlikely to top the agenda at next month's IMF-World Bank meeting, despite a call from Britain's finance minister to make the issue a priority, experts said on Wednesday. British finance minister Gordon Brown, who heads the International Monetary Fund's main policy-steering group, said on Tuesday getting trade liberalization talks back on track should be a focus at next month's annual meeting in Singapore. The agenda...

2006-08-29 04:06:50

By Chris Buckley and Jason Subler BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States is worried that a potential rise in economic nationalism in China could undercut Beijing's promises to the World Trade Organization, the top U.S. trade official said on Tuesday. A chorus of calls by Chinese officials for closer scrutiny of foreign investment, especially into key industries, has prompted concern among foreign businesses that Beijing may backtrack on free market reforms. "We'll be watching for...