4th Ministerial, Doha 2001

draft texts on Agriculture and NAMA for inclusion in the HK Ministerial Declaration

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2005
The texts were produced on the 29th and 30th November, respectively, and are an attempt to draft more specific language based on the reports from the Chairs of Agriculture and NAMA negotiations.

Portman: No deal likely on farm-subsidies

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30 November, 2005
The United States' top trade envoy said Thursday it's unlikely negotiators will settle a farm-subsidy deadlock at a world trade summit this month.

African Ministers adopt Declaration on WTO's Hong Kong meeting

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2005
The African Union Conference of Trade Ministers ended on 24 November evening after a session in which the Ministers discussed their strategy for the WTO's Hong Kong Ministerial Conference.

Lamy, NGOs in open battle before Hong Kong Ministerial

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30 November, 2005
Trade unions and civil society organizations presented a detailed letter to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy on Wednesday explaining how the WTO services negotiations have been undemocratic and undermining the consensus mode of decision-making.

African and European farmers say: No to Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and the ACP countries and no to a WTO agreement in Hong Kong.

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2005
joint press release of African and European farmers regarding the WTO and EPA negotiations

Developing countries call for 'Reclaiming development' in the Doha Negotiations

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30 November, 2005
The recent proposals by some major developed countries in the WTO threaten the developmental content of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and it is thus timely to reclaim the development content of the Round, nine developing countries said

WTO members raise concerns over draft Ministerial text

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2005
The draft Ministerial text put forward on 26 November by the WTO Director-General and the General Council chair received, at the informal heads of delegation meeting on Monday, some pleasantries over the so-called 'bottom up' approach on how the text was put together, with several developing countries however highlighting the fact that many parts of the current draft did not enjoy the agreement of all members.

Press Release: Text for Hong Kong favors rich countries

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2005

Nairobi

(WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held in Hong Kong on 13-18th December was issued on Saturday 26th November. The text was presented by the WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and the General Council chair.

S Korean Farmers to Stage Peaceful Protest at Wto Gathering

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2005
A group of South Korean farmers plan to stage peaceful protests at next month's ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) to be held in Hong Kong, an official for the group said Tuesday.

ASEAN countries' amendments?to draft Ministerial text on services

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2005
A group of ASEAN countries - Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand and the Philippines - has officially submitted their substantive amendments to the Services annex of the Draft Ministerial Text to the WTO.

No Numbers in HK Drafts

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2005
Key members of the World Trade Organization decided yesterday that trade ministers meeting in Hong Kong in mid-December should not be required to make decisions related to formula 'numbers' in either the agriculture or nonagricultural market access texts and instead focus on some questions on how the negotiations should proceed

Ag, NAMA and S&DT Issues for HK

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2005
Agriculture, nonagricultural market access and Special and Differential Treatment for developing countries will be the most difficult issues for trade ministers to tackle at the upcoming Hong Kong ministerial, said World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy

Preliminary comments to the draft ministerial text

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2005
preliminary comments by the author mainly on agriculture

Group threatens unauthorised WTO protests in Hong Kong

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2005
The group organising the protests at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting has warned of unauthorised rallies if the Hong Kong government does not remove a fence around a protest venue.

EU finds trade trouble on all sides

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28 November, 2005
The European Union hoped to raise its credibility in world trade talks by agreeing to reform its trading regime for sugar and bananas. Instead, the move's consequences for some of the world's poorest countries are threatening to add further discord at next month's Hong Kong ministerial meeting on the Doha round.