Bilateral & Regional Trade

More than 50,000 people mobilized against Korea-US FTA

Original Publication Date: 
31 July, 2006
As the typhoon 'Ewinia' hit the Korean peninsula, the struggle against the 2nd round talks started.

Fighting FTAs: The international Strategy Workshop

Original Publication Date: 
29 July, 2006
During July 27-29, 2006, FTA Watch, GRAIN and Bilaterals.org organized the first ever international workshop to make a strategic analysis of the struggles against FTA in Bangkok, Thailand.

Government to Make Public Announcement on Korea-U.S. FTA

Original Publication Date: 
5 July, 2006
The Korean government is to present a public announcement regarding the Korea-U.S. FTA at Central Government Complex on July 7.

'Traditional Knowledge' and Biodiversity

Original Publication Date: 
6 June, 2006
The United States yesterday sharply opposed the idea of commencing text-based negotiations on disclosing the origin of biological resources and 'traditional knowledge' in patent applications (WTD, 5/26/06).

Debate on policy space dominates UNCTAD Review

Original Publication Date: 
12 May, 2006
'Policy space', an issue that featured most prominently at the UNCTAD eleventh session in Sao Paulo in 2004, has re-emerged as a burning issue at the UNCTAD Mid-Term Review (MTR) meeting held here this week.

UNCTAD Mid-Term Review starts debate on its role, mandate

Original Publication Date: 
11 May, 2006
A week-long meeting of the 2006 Mid-Term Review (MTR) of UNCTAD XI started Monday with key delegations and groupings giving their initial positions on the mandate and future role of UNCTAD, including in light of the current United Nations reform process.

Services Domestic Regulation: Developing countries insist on right to regulate services

Original Publication Date: 
11 May, 2006
Many developing countries and their groupings have declared at a WTO services meeting on new disciplines on domestic regulation that there is no need to establish rules based on a 'necessity test', and that the rules should adequately recognize the developing countries' right to regulate their services.

U.S. proposal on Special Products

Original Publication Date: 
2 May, 2006
Link to the U.S. proposal on Special Products (SPs).

Quick Analysis of US Proposal on SSM

Original Publication Date: 
1 May, 2006
A quick critique on recent US proposal on SSM developed by ActionAid in the light of their recent research project on import surges; also attached is US proposal in this regard.

US proposal would make SSM useless for developing countries

Original Publication Date: 
27 April, 2006
The United States has submitted its position on a Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) in the WTO agriculture negotiations that would provide only a very limited use by developing countries of what they consider to be a crucial mechanism to safeguard against adverse effects of liberalization of their agricultural imports.

G-33 Letter to Pascal Lamy and Press Statement

Original Publication Date: 
27 April, 2006
Links to a G-33 Letter to the Chair of the TNC, Pascal Lamy, as well as a Press Statement. Apologies if you have already received this.

EU and US rapped over trade talks

Original Publication Date: 
26 April, 2006
The EU's tough negotiating stance could derail talks aimed at liberalising world trade, a group of MPs has warned.

Dumping of EU Meat / Dumping total de la viande de l'UE

Original Publication Date: 
26 April, 2006
Link to a new paper from Jacques Berthelot calculating the extent of EU dumping of meat.

Oxfam withdraws backing for trade deal talks

Original Publication Date: 
26 April, 2006
Oxfam has abandoned its support for the current talks on a new trade deal, saying Europe and the US have failed to live up to their promises to use trade to cut poverty in the world's poorest countries.

EU, Japan propose new WTO treaties to prevent export taxes, restrictions

Original Publication Date: 
25 April, 2006
In a move that has upset many developing countries, the European Union and Japan have recently proposed new treaties in the WTO to prevent or restrict the use by WTO members of export taxes and export restrictions.

Latin American Trade Unions adopt common roadmap on Labour and Environment

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2006
The Trade Union Conference on Labour and the Environment for Latin America in Sao Paolo concluded yesterday with a series of undertakings from the Latin American trade union movement. The Conference, organized by ORIT and Sustainlabour brought together 26 national trade union centers, federations (PSI and Rel-UITA) and confederations (ORIT and CLAT).

Doha Round and Developing Countries: Will the Doha deal do more harm than good?

Original Publication Date: 
21 April, 2006
As WTO negotiators miss yet another deadline for concluding world trade talks, developing country negotiators are no doubt asking themselves if they might be better off with no deal at all. According to a new policy report by Tufts University researchers, they have good reason to question the agreement, as hidden costs may well outstrip the limited gains predicted for most countries.

AU Conference calls for transparent WTO process

Original Publication Date: 
19 April, 2006
The African Union Trade Ministers' Conference, held in Nairobi on 12-14 April, adopted a Nairobi Ministerial Declaration on the Doha Work Programme, detailing Africa's position on the current WTO negotiations.

New Publication - HR Body References to Trade

Original Publication Date: 
19 April, 2006
The publication of a compilation of references to trade and trade-related issues by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Portman departure seen as lessening priority of trade for administration

Original Publication Date: 
17 April, 2006
The departure by U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman to become director of the Office of Management and Budget and the nomination of Deputy USTR Susan Schwab as the next USTR signals that trade has become a diminishing priority for the Bush Administration, according to several sources.