NAMA / ITA / EGs

Country tables on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
25 April, 2006
The four new simulation exercises by Esther Busser from the ICFTU on India, Indonesia, Philippines and Mexico.

South Cone Metalworkers Unions on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
24 April, 2006
Link for the English translation of the statement circulated in Spanish.

South Cone Metalworkers Unions on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2006
Link to the text of a statement adopted by the metalworkers unions affiliated to the International Metalworkers Federation in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

WTO members resigned to missed deadlines as week of talks ends

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2006
The World Trade Organisation's April 30 deadline for attaining 'modalities' in agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) will be missed, it became clear Friday as delegations wound up a week of negotiations on the two subjects.

African Ministers reject 'partial modalities' approach to WTO April deadline

Original Publication Date: 
19 April, 2006
African Trade Ministers have declared that the WTO modalities on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) that are scheduled to be concluded at the end of April must be 'all-inclusive' and indicated that they would not accept 'partial modalities' that leave out issues of concern to African countries.

No easy road to WTO's end-April deadline

Original Publication Date: 
8 April, 2006
The WTO's Director General Pascal Lamy by all accounts is sticking to the end-April deadline for reaching agreement on modalities for agriculture and non-agriculture market access (NAMA).

Lamy's India visit may break WTO deadlock

Original Publication Date: 
2 April, 2006
Keen to fizzle out the logjam in WTO talks, director general Pascal Lamy will be on a two-day visit to India - an influential member of the world body - beginning on April 5.

Lamy should ensure fair trade

Original Publication Date: 
2 April, 2006
There has been no substantial progress in agriculture trade negotiations in Geneva. The April 30 deadline set by the WTO director-general, Pascal Lamy seems unlikely to be met.

3 Reports from the chair of the NAMA Negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2006
The Chair of the NAMA negotiations, Ambassador Stephenson, issued 3reports based on his consultations form the last negotiating week.

Report by Chair on NAMA Negotiations, 20 March 2006

Original Publication Date: 
26 March, 2006
A link to a report issued by the Chair of the NAMA negotiations on his recent consultations.

NAMA and Agriculture Papers

Original Publication Date: 
23 March, 2006
Links to the NAMA 11 Statement on ensuring a fair, balanced and development friendly outcome on NAMA and a paper by Argentina on how to implement paragraph 24 of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration which aims to achieve a balanced outcome between agriculture and NAMA market access.

Developing countries criticise North for anti-development NAMA demands

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2006
A group of developing countries, known as the NAMA-11, sharply criticised on Monday 20 March the demands of the developed countries for drastic reductions of their industrial tariffs by developing countries, and said the demands 'threaten to create an anti-development outcome' in the Doha talks.

NAMA Simulations

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2006
A link to the results from the NAMA simulations. It was sent by the U.S. to the Chair of the NAMA negotiations to circulate to all members.

G24 meeting warned of de-industrialization effects of NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
16 March, 2006
The proposals for cutting tariffs of industrial products in the World Trade Organisation's current negotiations will have significant adverse effects on developing countries' industrialization, according to a paper presented at the Group of 24 Technical Group meeting held in Geneva on Friday 17 March.

Little Progress in London on DDA

Original Publication Date: 
12 March, 2006
Trade chiefs of the United States, the European Union, Brazil, India, Australia and Japan made scant progress in narrowing differences over the core elements for Doha Development Agenda agriculture and industrials packages on Saturday an outcome that placed the conclusion of negotiating modalities by the end of next month in jeopardy (WTD, 3/10/06).

Talks fail to break deadlock over trade deal

Original Publication Date: 
12 March, 2006
Prospects of a new trade deal to end rich countries' farm subsidies and open up poor nations' markets were left hanging in the balance yesterday after a meeting of the world's top economic powers ended without a breakthrough.

Differences remain after week of NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2006
The Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non- Agricultural Products (NAMA) at a week-long meeting (ending Friday, 3 March), discussed sectoral initiatives, flexibilities for developing countries and paragraph 24 of the Hong Kong Declaration that calls for a comparably high level of ambition in market access for agriculture and NAMA.

Correction - US textile industry seeks different types of sectorals in NAMA negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2006
Below are links to two letters from different U.S. textile industry groups. The first one calls for a sectoral on textiles that would provide special treatment for the textile sector by resurrecting protection in the textile and apparel sectors.

U.S. textile industry seeks sectoral in NAMA negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
7 March, 2006
A link to a letter from the U.S. textile industry calling for a sectoral on textiles under the NAMA negotiations. The proposal is for the complete elimination of tariffs in the textile sector. It was sent to the Chair of the NAMA negotiations in advance of last week's NAMA negotiations. Industry groups from Europe and the U.S. made presentations to WTO members to establish a sectoral on textiles. (Some are in favour of zero tariffs and others in favour of lesser tariff cuts). Apparently the EU convened the meeting as a way to intensify differences between developing countries (between those that currently receive preferences on textiles and those who don't).

Divergences between developed and developing countries on NAMA

Original Publication Date: 
7 March, 2006
WTO members remain sharply divided on the industrial tariff negotiations, as the NAMA consultations stretched late into Wednesday 1 March evening. One of the main areas of contention appears to be over the special and differential treatment (S&D) to be accorded to developing countries, as stipulated in paragraph 8 of Annex B to the July 2004 Framework.