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South against Doha "re-calibration", jettisoning "development"

Original Publication Date: 

6 May, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (May15/01)

A large majority of developing countries appear to have disapproved of the "re-calibration" strategy in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations, being promoted by the WTO head, Roberto Azevedo, and the industrialised countries, that will change the existing goalposts of the talks, to the detriment of its "development goals".read more

Agriculture: WTO Members still far from convergence on key issues, says Chair

Original Publication Date: 

30 April, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Apr15/10)

The Doha trade talks and efforts to reach an accord on a post-Bali work programme are stuck on agriculture issues of domestic support and market access, with members standing firm on their positions and are a "long way" to meet the July deadline, the Chair of the agriculture negotiations said on 24 April.read more

D-G must come clean on previous mandates on Doha

Original Publication Date: 

30 April, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Apr15/09)

In the background of informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee convened for 27 April Chakravarthi Raghavan argues that the large majority of developing countries hope WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo will come clean on what he intends to do with the previous mandates on the Doha Round talks, and whether in fact he intends to dump them as the US wants, and drastically change the special and differential treatment provisions in agriculture for developing countries in order to open their markets to heavily subsidised agri-exports of the US.read more

Proposals put forward on services pillar of post-Bali work

Original Publication Date: 

24 April, 2015

Source: 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Apr15/08)

An informal meeting of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services on Monday (20 April), amongst others, heard proposals from some Members on defining the services component of the post-Bali work programme on the remaining Doha Development Agenda (DDA) issues. Members also agreed that the services component of the work programme should include market access and rule-making for services trade, with the market access negotiations needing to move in parallel with the rule- making part of the services agenda.
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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

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