Monthly Archives: June 2003

China and WTO presentation

A “presentation(link to PDF file: 480kb)”: I gave a cou­ple of weeks ago to the Aus­­tralia-Chi­­na Busi­ness Coun­cil review­ing some of the chal­lenges fac­ing Chi­na in the WTO. China’s trade lib­er­al­iza­tion began some time before it’s WTO acces­sion. The adjust­ment press­sures Chi­na faces are due to growth (not nec­es­sar­i­ly trade). We all lose from the […]

Poor people like globalization

David Dollar—an author of some of the most inter­est­ing recent “work (link to World Bank, down­load Dol­lar paper)”: on the rela­tion­ship of trade, growth and pover­ty ale­vi­a­tion in devel­op­ing coun­tries— “finds”: that peo­ple in the poor­est coun­tries are the most pos­i­tive about glob­al­iza­tion. image from Yale Glob­al Writ­ing for “Yale Glob­al (Yale Glob­al web site)”: […]

Cap Reform

Don’t imag­ine that the EU deci­sion on changes to the Com­mon Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy mean a new deal for world agri­cul­ture mar­kets. To real­ly open up world food mar­kets and help the world’s poor­est peo­ple achieve bet­ter incomes and greater food secu­ri­ty we need a new approach to the WTO agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions but his­to­ry says the […]

The “Girard” proposals on cuts to non-agricultural tarrifs

An infor­mal sum­ma­ry of the non-agri­cul­­tur­al mar­ket access pro­pos­als put for­ward by the Chair of the WTO nego­ti­at­ing group Pierre-Louis Girard (Switzer­land) in the WTO doc­u­ment TN/MA/W/35 on 16 May, 2003 (“download”: from WTO) that have pleased­no one much. They have, how­ev­er, one inno­v­a­tive aspect that has caused some devel­op­ing coun­tries to reassess their inter­est […]

Cartagena Protocol enters into force

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: Jun 21, 2003 The tiny Pacif­ic island coun­try of “Palau”: has become the 50th state to rat­i­fy the “Protocol”: to the Con­ven­tion on Bio­di­ver­si­ty, bring­ing it into force. Even­tu­al­ly, this will cre­ate con­flict between the Con­ven­tion and the WTO Agree­ment on San­i­tary and Phy­tosan­i­tary Mea­sures (SPS). The Con­ven­tion (and the overblown “Rio Dec­la­ra­tion” on […]

Precaution all-round

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: Jun 20, 2003 *Update:* The NY Times reports that the US/EU talks have “collapsed”: No sur­prise. There’s no sanc­tion for hypocrisy in inter­na­tion­al rela­tions. Just as well. Because Aus­tralia andthe EU are dis­put­ing trade bar­ri­ers in WTO with a sen­si­tiv­i­ty to each other’s faults exceed­ed only by blind­ness to their own. Along with the […]

Liberalizing access barriers to non-agricultural products

On 10 June, I gave a pre­sen­ta­tion at the ESCAP Region­al Senior Offi­cials Meet­ing on prepa­ra­tions for the Can­cún WTO Min­is­te­r­i­al meet­ing. The slides show the impact of trade bar­ri­ers on devel­op­ing coun­try trade in indus­tri­al and min­er­als prod­ucts with spe­cial ref­er­ence to the effect of bar­ri­ers in oth­er devel­op­ing coun­tries (which tend to be […]