Archive - 2007

April 16th

NAMA week focuses on Non-Tariff Barriers

Original Publication Date: 
15 April, 2007
A week-long meeting (26-30 March) of the WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA) was almost exclusively devoted to discussions on text-based proposals on how to deal with Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs).

WTO talks go round in circles

Original Publication Date: 
15 April, 2007
Senior officials of the G4 - Brazil, the European Union, India and the United States - are meeting in Paris, Monday to Wednesday (2-4 April), in a renewed attempt to better understand one another's positions.

Opening up of Indian imports market may prove fatal for farmers and food security

Original Publication Date: 
15 April, 2007
The suggestion of the developed world that India should open up its market for imports is likely to prove fatal for farmers and food security. US trade representative Susan Schwab in the last week urged India to open up its markets for imports, as it would help in its effort to contain the rising trend in prices.

April 14th

India under pressure on special products

Original Publication Date: 
13 April, 2007
Pressures are mounting on India to play an effective role in resolving the issue of Special Products (SPs) and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) in a way which would not hinder market access for developed countries.

April 13th

Get to the truth about the SPP: A 4 part series of downloadable, educational Fact Sheets

Original Publication Date: 
12 April, 2007
Common Frontiers announces a new resource to help cut through the spin and clutter around the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) - a

April 11th

USDA Proposal Falls Short for Farmers: Offer Fails to Improve Protection Against Natural Disasters or Policy Failures

Original Publication Date: 
10 April, 2007
A Farm Bill proposal pushed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could weaken protections for farmers from natural disasters, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

New Pakistan Communication on Special Products

Original Publication Date: 
10 April, 2007
The Pakistan communication attempts to 'narrow the gaps' between the G33 negotiating position and other countries positions on Special Products, in particular Thailand's position on SPs.

‘Trade talks can rescue Doha’

Original Publication Date: 
10 April, 2007
Trade ministers from the United States, the European Union, India and Brazil will this week gather for the first time in more than eight months to try to negotiate a breakthrough in world trade talks.

April 6th

Bush Administration Provides Partial Korea FTA To Congress

Original Publication Date: 
5 April, 2007
The Bush Administration mid-week provided Congress parts of the text for the newly concluded free trade agreement with Korea but has not committed to a deadline of when it will provide the full text, according to congressional aides.

April 5th

Korea-U.S. FTA Concluded against the Will of the Korean People; People’s Protest Goes On

Original Publication Date: 
4 April, 2007
On Sunday April 1 at 4:00pm , taxi driver and KCTU member Heo Sae-wook stood before the Nam San Hyatt Hotel, where that final high-level FTA negotiations were taking place, and lit himself on fire chanting, 'Down with the Korea-U.S. FTA'.