|EU: Europe Defends Stance on Genetically Altered Foods|
by Paul Meller, The New York Times
February 8th, 2006
The European Commission defended its current practices on screening genetically altered foods in the wake of a report from the World Trade Organization that criticized its past action in restricting the entry of modified products into the European Union.
|PHILIPPINES: No new mining permits|
by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Blanche S. Rivera, Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 4th, 2006
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo has offered to suspend the issuance of new mining permits to try to appease Roman Catholic bishops strongly opposed to the country's new Mining Act, a top Malacanang official said yesterday.
|GLOBAL: World Bank Gets Cold Feet on Bird Flu Drug Patent|
by Marwaan Macan-Markar, Inter Press Service
November 4th, 2005
The World Bank has decided that it is not in keeping with its mission to get involved in the emerging global debate on the Tamilfu patent held by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and that could be broken under the 'compulsory licencing' rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
|INDIA: Spice Farmers in Misery|
by Sunil Raman, BBC news
May 13th, 2005
Thousands of spice farmers in India are in the midst of a major crisis, threatening one of the country's best known trades.
|EUROPE: Loses Sugar Appeal at W.T.O.
by Tom Wright, New York Times
April 29th, 2005
The World Trade Organization's highest court issued a final ruling Thursday ordering the European Union to stop illegally dumping subsidized sugar on global markets or face punishment.
|LATIN AMERICA: AIDS Patients See Life, Death Issues in Trade Pact
by Marla Dickerson and Evelyn Iritani, LA Times
April 22nd, 2005
Under CAFTA American pharmaceutical giants would gain a five-year edge on the development of new drugs by low-cost competitors. Generic versions of name-brand drugs are the main weapon for battling the AIDS pandemic in the developing world.
|LAOS: Massive Dam Project Could Backfire|
by Emad Mekay, IPS
April 8th, 2005
A new dam funded by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and hailed as a windfall for Laos may end up doing more harm than good to one of the world's poorest nations and its vulnerable farmers, several independent development groups say.
|LATIN AMERICA: Banana Producers Go to WTO |
by Raphael Minder and Frances Williams , Financial Times
March 30th, 2005
Ecuador and four other Latin American banana producers sought World Trade Organisation arbitration on Wednesday in their dispute with the European Union, raising the prospect of another long trade battle over the EU's banana import regime.
|EU: WTO gives U.S. the Byrd|
by Agencies, Times Online U.K.
August 31st, 2004
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) backed the EU and seven other WTO members in their demand to punish a US failure to revoke an anti-dumping law -- the so-called Byrd amendment -- declared illegal under international trade rules.
|CHINA: China Vows To Protect Markets|
by Mure Dickie, Financial Times
July 5th, 2004
China wants to make greater use of World Trade Organisation market protection measures, including the use of anti-dumping cases against foreign companies, as its economy and domestic industries adjust to increased competition brought by membership of the WTO.
|UK: Oxfam Hopes To Stimulate Taste For Fair Trade|
by Simon Bowers, Guardian
May 14th, 2004
The charity, backed by a loan from Glasgow-based coffee supplier Matthew Algie, yesterday said it hoped consumers' appetite for fair trade-certified coffee will attract new customers and draw others away from the mainstream chains.
|Iraq: Amec Deal Saves UK from Embarrassment|
by Terry Macalister, Guardian (London)
March 25th, 2004
Amec has won part of a $1bn (550m) contract to rebuild water and sewerage networks in Iraq. The deal is the biggest so far by a UK company for reconstruction work in the war-torn country, but otherwise British firms have lost out.
|Chile: Santiago Signs Free Trade Deal with US|
by Elliott Gotkine, BBC
September 17th, 2003
On 3 September, eight days before the country was due to mark 30 years since the military coup that ushered in 17 years of rule by General Augusto Pinochet, the United States approved a long-awaited free trade agreement with its South American neighbour.
|World: Rich and Poor Clash Over Farm Aid|
September 12th, 2003
The Group of 21 (G21), which includes China, India and Brazil, has threatened the traditional dominance of rich countries during world trade talks in Cancun, Mexico. The G21 is demanding the complete abolition of subsidies paid by rich countries to their farmers which, they say, locks the developing world out of international markets.
|SWITZERLAND: Transnationals Urge Flexibility from Rich Nations|
by Gustavo Capdevila, Inter Press Service
August 22nd, 2003
An organisation of transnational corporate executives urged the United States, European Union and Japan to cede to some of the demands of developing countries -- particularly in regards to agriculture and drugs patents -- in order to jump-start the WTO trade liberalisation talks
|WORLD: A Month from Cancun, WTO and Critics Rev Their Engines|
by Gustavo Capdevila, lnter Press Service
August 12th, 2003
International trade negotiations this week enter the final stretch before the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico, with the first signs of progress in the otherwise troubled agricultural talks and announcements of new mobilizations by groups opposed to the multilateral trade system.