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    DOHA ROUND

    • WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy: "We have resumed negotiations fully across the board."
      WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 7 February, said, "political conditions are now more favourable for the conclusion of the Round …
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    • Ministers support "resumption of full scale negotiations".
      Trade ministers and officials from some 30 countries, meeting 27 January in the Swiss resort of Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum   …
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    • "Single desk monopolies" should be scrapped for Doha.
      According to the Australian Ministry of Trade, the US has insisted that Australia scrap AWB's export monopoly as part of the Doha trade deal  …
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    • Brazil's da Silva calls on business to participate.
      In an address at the January World Economic Forum in Davos, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on business to participate in the Doha process  …
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    • Food aid: FAO urges reform.
      In its recently released annual report The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proposes a series of major changes  …
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    ACCESSIONS

    • Upbeat note on Russia's WTO accession deal with Georgia.
      The Moscow Times reports that Russian Trade Minister German Gref is upbeat about a deal with Georgia on Russia's accession to WTO ...
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    DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

    • US files WTO case against China on subsidies.
      US Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab announced 2 February that the US has requested WTO dispute settlement consultations with China  ...
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    • WTO Panel issues report on US anti-dumping measures on shrimp from Ecuador.
      The WTO panel set up to rule on US measure on imports of shrimp from Ecuador has just issued its conclusions and recommendations  ...
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    TRADE POLICY REVIEW

    • Country Profile: Chad.
      The just-released Trade Policy Review (TPR) for the landlocked Saharan nation of Chad reports average real GDP growth of some 15% between over the period 2001 to 2005   ...
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    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    • Congress calls for public-private partnerships to combat counterfeit and piracy.
      The Third Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, held end January in Geneva, emphasised the importance of joint public and private sector partnerships   ...
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    • FTA's
      Details of ongoing agreements and bilateral discussions …
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         ITC Events

    • Commercial & economic implications of DDA: ITC issues analytical paper.
      A new analytical paper from ITC is set to help business anticipate changes in the international environment under which farm produce will be traded  ....
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        Point of View

    • Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany: "To release the positive forces of globalization, we must reduce global imbalances in public finances and world trade …more
       

    • Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath: "Regional trade agreements (RTAs) are a fact of life. In no way do they replace, displace or contradict a rule based multilateral trading system."  …more
       

    • Rachid M. Rachid, Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry, Egypt: "The most significant global trend today is the fast-growing shift  …more
       

    • Shaikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board: "The key shift for us is the increased momentum of regional diversification …more
       

    • Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manpower, a global human resources consultancy: "As politicians struggle with a local view on global labour issues like migration policy  …more
       

    • Daniel Altman, International Herald Tribune blog Rough Trade: "What happens if this final attempt to rescue Doha fails  …more
       

    • US Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab: "… unfortunately whether it's in the intellectual property rights area or many other trade disputes, frequently individual companies, corporations, feel very vulnerable   …more

       

        
     
     
      
      
      
        

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