Archive - 2007

April 24th

Agriculture Chair to prepare "challenge" paper at end of week

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2007
The chair of the WTO’s Doha agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New Zealand, said Friday that he would be preparing a provocative "challenge" paper at the end of next week that would be a precursor to a revised draft of an agriculture text.

Doha talks to "return" to WTO's multilateral forum

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2007
WTO members agreed on Friday 20 April to turn to multilateral negotiations at the WTO itself in Geneva as the central method to try and achieve a breakthrough in the organisation's troubled Doha talks.

April 19th

Farmers, CSOs reject accord

Original Publication Date: 
18 April, 2007
Over 100 farmers and civil society organisations on Wednesday signed a memorandum rejecting the potential agreement by the Cairns Group and termed it anti-farmer and anti-Pakistan.

April 18th

Pakistan’s attempt at compromise on Special Products raises ire of fellow G-33 members

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2007
In a stated attempt to 'narrow the gaps' on one of the most contentious issues in the troubled Doha Round agriculture negotiations, Pakistan on 10 April issued a new paper seeking to split the differences between developing countries eager to shield some 'special products' from the full force of tariff cuts and the agricultural exporters that fear diminished commercial opportunities.

Despondent mood at WTO as G4 process seems to reach dead-end

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2007
The mood of despondency is increasing among WTO members as the possibility that the Doha negotiations cannot make headway this year looms larger.

As a WTO deadline expires, new deadlines are bandied around

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2007
On 1 April, the deadline for American President George W Bush to inform the US Congress of his intention to sign trade agreements under his present fast-track authority expired. He was unable to send any such intention regarding the World Trade Organisation's Doha negotiations.

Farmers hold protest against WTO regime

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2007
Farmers here on Tuesday took out a protest procession against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime, terming it lethal for the farming sector in poor countries.

WTO Returns to the ‘Multilateral Process’

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2007
The G4 / G6 meeting in New Delhi (11th

April 17th

Caribbean Trade Ministers Assert Their Position On WTO Negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
16 April, 2007
Mr. Lamy in an attempt to encourage the completion of the Doha Round has recently been engaging with trade ministers across the globe.

Bipartisan Majority of U.S. Senate Cautions Bush Against New Concessions in WTO Talks

Original Publication Date: 
16 April, 2007
A bipartisan majority of U.S. senators called on President Bush April 16 to oppose any further concessions in the World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations, saying that other WTO members have still not done enough in terms of offering enhanced market access for U.S. farm products.