4th Ministerial, Doha 2001

Focus: On the Road to Hong Kong?(Number 6, 14 December 2005)

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13 December, 2005
Today was the first day of negotiations proper

Trade ministers search for consensus; China calls for fair deal for poor

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13 December, 2005
Trade ministers began the difficult task of getting consensus on a new pact to boost global commerce as emerging giant China called on the developed world to give the poorest nations a fair break.

Asian people speaks out about the negative impacts of WTO

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13 December, 2005
'Say no to WTO' was the consensus reached by Asian grassroots activists who gathered this morning at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to share their experiences of unfair trade policies imposed by rich nations

Sectoral / Plurilateral Negotiations and the Pitfalls for Development Examples of Key Sectors

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13 December, 2005
US and EU want sectoral /plurilateral negotiations in Services to be launched after the Hong Kong Ministerial. The language in the draft text that will facilitate such negotiations are para. 21 and Annex C

US can't hide behind immigration at WTO: India

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13 December, 2005
The United States will have to open its market to more foreign temporary workers as part of any new world trade deal, despite strong opposition in the US Congress, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said on Wednesday.

Cotton Producers Say They Will Block Hong Kong Deal Over Subsidies

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13 December, 2005
Benin's ambassador to the WTO Samuel Amehou and representatives of West African cotton producers today (Dec. 14) warned that their countries will refuse to support any agreement struck in Hong Kong if developed countries do not agree to cut their cotton subsidies.

Let developing countries grow the same way that we did

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13 December, 2005
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WTO talks open amid pessimism and protest

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13 December, 2005
World trade ministers launched a fresh bid to salvage free trade negotiations amid little hope for major headway, as thousands of protesters marched in the streets to denounce the WTO as an enemy of the poor.

Aid for Trade Package Linked to Concessions That Would Worsen Conditions for Many Poor Countries

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13 December, 2005
Statements from Wednesday December 14 News Conference

U.S. Takes Hardline On Trade Initiative For Least Developed Countries

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13 December, 2005
One day into the ministerial meeting, the European Union remained at odds with the United States, Canada and Japan over the scope and implementation of an initiative to provide duty-free quota-free access to least developed countries (LDCs).

WTO keeps talks moving to avert another breakdown

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13 December, 2005
The United States warned trading partners on Wednesday that the world would slip back into protectionism without progress in global talks to reform world commerce, stunting economic growth and hitting the poor.

U.S., EU spar at world trade talks

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13 December, 2005
The United States and the European Union sparred on Wednesday over farm subsidies, food aid and measures to help the world's poorest countries, souring world trade talks that were already in trouble.

Doha Development Agenda a disaster for Third World people

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12 December, 2005
As the World Trade Organization prepares for the opening of the 6th Ministerial Conference today, independent think-tank IBON says that the center of its negotiations, the Doha Development Agenda (DDA)

G20 Ministers reaffirm ?agriculture central to Doha Round,? India and Brazil state positions

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12 December, 2005
The Group of 20 developing countries held a Ministerial meeting Tuesday morning and issued a G20 Ministerial Declaration reaffirming its position that agriculture is the central issue of the Doha Round .

TWN Briefings for Hong Kong No. 3

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12 December, 2005
Though there are problems in all the critical areas of agriculture, viz., market access, domestic subsidy and export subsidy, the key questions are in the domestic subsidy of the developed countries