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Doha was never about development, says former USTR Barshefsky

Original Publication Date: 
20 February, 2007
The Doha Round was launched on false pretences, including calling it a development round, and the ability of developed countries to make it a development round is “absent”, according to former United States Trade Representative, Charlene Barshefsky.

Minister says RI’s Doha stance will stay firm

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20 February, 2007
Indonesia will remain firm in its stance favoring “special product exemptions” during the Doha Development Round negotiations, says a minister, brushing aside concerns that the country might compromise on its position in the light of the visit of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy.

Backlash grows against free trade

Original Publication Date: 
15 February, 2007
Worries about the dark side of free trade are surfacing in the United States in ways that could affect the course of globalization worldwide.

Doha Services Strategy

Original Publication Date: 
14 February, 2007
The success of the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations will result from the number and quality of 'revised offers' which eventually come forward, said services negotiations chair Fernando De Mateo...

Transparency and inclusiveness needed in resumed Doha talks, stresses South

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
Developing countries welcomed, at a WTO General Council meeting on 7 February the full resumption of multilateral negotiations on the Doha Work Programme and stressed on a multilateral process that fully observed the principles of transparency and inclusiveness in achieving an outcome.

Assessing Doha - Progress, Differences

Original Publication Date: 
7 February, 2007
Sitting together in a newly constituted General Council, World Trade Organization members yesterday vowed to conclude the Doha trade negotiations - but continued to differ on how to do so.

Trade: USTR says no clear landing zone in sight for agreement

Original Publication Date: 
5 February, 2007
Coming from the mini-ministerial meeting at Davos, the US Trade Representative, Ms. Susan Schwab, told reporters at a media briefing that there was palpable optimism and a sense of urgency to have a breakthrough in the negotiations.

Lamy announces full resumption of negotiations, but real talks elsewhere

Original Publication Date: 
5 February, 2007
Full resumption of negotiations (under the Doha work programme) in all negotiating groups was announced Wednesday (31 January) at an informal heads-of-delegation meeting at the WTO by Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General and chair of its Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC).

Resumption

Original Publication Date: 
31 January, 2007
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy yesterday called on members to resume the suspended Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations fully across the whole spectrum by combining both the multilateral process as well as discreet and bilateral meetings among key players.

US farm subsidies weigh down efforts to defrost Doha talks

Original Publication Date: 
30 January, 2007
Enough with the grandstanding: let's get down to the numbers. That was the attitude struck by trade ministers who last weekend pulled the so-called 'Doha round' of trade talks out of semi-retirement for one last shot at the world title.

Expanding the Consensus?

Original Publication Date: 
29 January, 2007
Trade chiefs from the European Union, Brazil and the United States met yesterday in an effort to convince other World Trade Organization members of the benefits of an emerging understanding on how to approach a final Doha Development Agenda package.

Doha revival pledges fall short of the mark

Original Publication Date: 
28 January, 2007
The US, Europe and other major powers have made only a vague commitment to liberalise global trade, despite encouragement from leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Letter to the editor from AFTINET

Original Publication Date: 
28 January, 2007
Your editorial is mistaken in its claim that there must be 'more ambitious' offers from developing countries on goods and services in the WTO trade negotiations

The Shaky Political Reality behind the Bush Admin’s New Doha Round False Promises

Original Publication Date: 
24 January, 2007
As negotiators of some select WTO member nations attend a “Mini-Ministerial” meeting at Davos, it is important to take into consideration several aspects of the current U.S. reality regarding the USTR’s lack of ability to gain Congressional approval for new U.S. offers in the Doha negotiations.

WTO must not win at the cost of Pakistani Farmers

Original Publication Date: 
23 January, 2007
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