Archive - Jul 2006 - Article

July 31st

The Doha failure: Let´s get real in trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
30 July, 2006
Shed no tears for the recent collapse of the trade talks, widely portrayed as a big setback for the trading system and developing nations. The suspension opens the door to a more realistic agenda.

WTO General Council only "takes note" of suspension of the Doha negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
30 July, 2006
The WTO General Council which met on 27 July did not take a formal decision on the suspension of the Doha negotiations, with the Chairperson merely "taking note" of the statements on the issue that were made by the Director-General and by the delegations.

July 30th

Fighting FTAs: The international Strategy Workshop

Original Publication Date: 
29 July, 2006
During July 27-29, 2006, FTA Watch, GRAIN and Bilaterals.org organized the first ever international workshop to make a strategic analysis of the struggles against FTA in Bangkok, Thailand.

July 28th

US to seek FTAs, TPA extension while continuing Doha work

Original Publication Date: 
27 July, 2006
In the wake of this week

July 27th

WTO General Council officially suspends talks indefinitely

Original Publication Date: 
26 July, 2006
In Geneva, on Thursday, at the request of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, the ambassadors of the 149 WTO member nations, meeting in General Council, officially agreed to suspend Doha Round talks indefinitely after the stalled meeting on 24 July when the major G-6 trading powers (EU, United States, Brazil, India, Australia and Japan) were unable to reach a compromise on the modalities (figures and other provisions) for trade liberalisation in agricultural products and non-agricultural manufactured articles (NAMA).

Questions, concerns abound in aftermath of WTO failure

Original Publication Date: 
26 July, 2006
A few days after the collapse of negotiations at the WTO, delegates of many developing countries are pondering over several issues that have emerged over the proposal, mooted by WTO director general Pascal Lamy and supported by the Ministers of the G6 members, to suspend the Doha negotiations across the board.

July 26th

All quiet at WTO but war of words continues outside

Original Publication Date: 
25 July, 2006
It was a very quiet day at the WTO today, as few diplomats turned up at the building following the breakdown of the Doha negotiations on Monday.

July 25th

Australian Fair Trade network media on WTO

Original Publication Date: 
24 July, 2006
tralian Trade Minister Vaile is mistaken to put his faith in bilateral deals following the collapse of the WTO negotiations. This is not a time to retreat into bilateral deals, which are even more unfair to developing countries and medium sized economies like Australia.

Time to rethink failed world trade agenda

Original Publication Date: 
24 July, 2006
This op ed was carried in the main NZ newspaper, along with two others urging the government to refine its bilateral strategy and get moving.

Reactions to the Collapse of the Doha Round

Original Publication Date: 
24 July, 2006
According to various reports, the 14 hour meeting on 23rd amongst the G6 ministers ended in the early hours of the morning of the 24th. Ministers did not even get around to discussing NAMA.