6th Ministerial, Hong Kong 2005

Pre Mini Ministerial Negotiations; Members Question Lamy-Driven Process

Original Publication Date: 
27 June, 2006
The Chairs of the Agriculture and NAMA (Non-Agricultural Market Access) negotiating committees, NZ Ambassador Crawford Falconer and Canada

Time for a New Approach to the Multilateral Trading System: Over 100 Civil Society Groups Demand the Burial of the Doha Round

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26 June, 2006
In a letter sent today to Trade Ministers at the WTO, more than 100 civil society groups from around the world denounced the legitimacy of an exclusive Ministerial meeting in Geneva this week, and urged trade ministers to develop a new approach to the multilateral trading system. The signatories represented civil society groups from more than 30 countries, including the big WTO players - US, EU, Japan, Canada, Australia and India - as well as smaller countries like, Senegal, Uganda, Nigeria and Bolivia.

Agriculture Modalities draft issued, with warning against false solutions

Original Publication Date: 
26 June, 2006
The two papers on draft possible modalities for agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) for the WTO negotiations were issued on Thursday (22 June) at lunch-time, a day after they were expected to be sent to Members. A meeting on Friday morning will allow members to give their comments on the agriculture paper.

Uncertainty reigns as stage is set for WTO talks this week

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26 June, 2006
The stage is set for a week or more of intense negotiations at the WTO as Ministers of some 40 to 50 countries are expected to arrive in Geneva in an effort to boost the flagging Doha negotiations.

Anti-globalisers want WTO trade round 'buried'

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26 June, 2006
More than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) opposed to trade liberalisation on Tuesday demanded the WTO's troubled Doha round be 'buried' as ministers prepare to fly to Geneva in a bid to revitalise it.

The Doha round: Success is assured - but what kind of success?

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22 June, 2006
The Dance of the Seven Veils appears pedestrian when compared with the strip-tease currently being performed by the world's trade negotiators in Geneva. They are slowly and finally revealing their concessions to open global trade - just in time.

Ten days that could shake WTO

Original Publication Date: 
19 June, 2006
By the end of next week, the world is likely to know whether the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations

Indian minister to quit WTO talks

Original Publication Date: 
19 June, 2006
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath has said he will walk out of World Trade Organisation talks early as members failed to reach agreement.

A New Schedule For DDA Modalities?

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18 June, 2006
World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy on Friday suggested a new game plan for concluding Doha Development Agenda negotiating modalities in agriculture and industrials by the end of the month, with concluding ministerial 'green room' sessions beginning June 29

Africa Group proposes WTO modalities on commodities

Original Publication Date: 
16 June, 2006
A comprehensive proposal to establish modalities on commodity issues as part of the WTO's agriculture modalities under the Doha Work Programme has been submitted to the WTO by the Africa Group.

US will take 'tough decisions' at trade talks

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15 June, 2006
President George W. Bush said on Thursday that the Doha round of world trade talks had reached 'a critical moment' and that he would press for further progress when he meets European Union leaders in Austria next week.

Doha In The Red Zone

Original Publication Date: 
7 June, 2006
It's the 'Come to Jesus' moment for the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations. 'We are now in the red zone,' World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy said recently. 'And we are not far from the red part of this red zone. The timetable is a number of days, not weeks.'

Malaysia's DDA Compromise Plan

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2006
In an attempt to break the deadlock in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations on reaching full modalities by the end of June, Malaysian trade minister Rafidah Aziz yesterday offered a 'blueprint' that calls for accepting the Group-of-20 proposal as a 'basis to move negotiations forward' on the thresholds and cuts for tariff reduction, tariff reduction numbers and spending caps in the farm market access pillar (see related report this issue).

EU Calls for 'Services' Ministerial

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31 May, 2006
The European Union plans to convene a stocktaking meeting of select trade ministers on the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations in an effort to better link the outcomes of the modalities negotiations in agriculture and nonagricultural market access with the important services sector, WTD has learned (WTD, 5/30/06).