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G-33 insist on SSM, reject developed-country demands to drop it

Original Publication Date: 

24 April, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Apr15/07)

Members of the G-33 farm coalition, seeking better terms for low-income and subsistence farmers in the developing countries, have severely criticised attempts to deny the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for curbing the unforeseen surges in imports of agricultural products from heavily subsidised beneficiaries of the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) under the Marrakesh Treaty negotiated during the Uruguay Round.read more

Sharp "asymmetries" in levels of ambition emerge in TiSA talks

Original Publication Date: 

20 April, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Apr15/04)

As the technical experts and negotiators engaged in the controversial plurilateral initiative on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) prepare a report on their overall progress during the last three years, it has emerged that there will be sharp "asymmetries" in the levels of ambition in different services sectors, according to several members familiar with the negotiations. In this brief D Ravi Kanth provides an overview of levels of ambition in current TISA negotiations,read more

LDCs assess high-level meeting on LDC services waiver

Original Publication Date: 

27 March, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Mar15/05)

According to trade officials, at the regular meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 18 March, the LDCs, in their presentation, assessed the high-level meeting that was held on 5 February, in which number of developed country members and developing country members in a position to do so had indicated the services sectors and modes of supply where they intend to provide preferential treatment to the LDCs.
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