Monthly Archives: June 2005

Going to Government” —- a guide to trade advocacy

Com­ing soon… a *guide to trade advo­ca­cy*. A prac­ti­cal self-paced course on how to make an impact on trade poli­cies and on the trad­ing sys­tem that draws on my expe­ri­ence work­ing with busi­ness orga­ni­za­tions in Africa, Asia and Latin Amer­i­ca. Please “let me know”: if you’d like to be advised of avail­abil­i­ty. Every deci­sion tak­en […]

Roadmap for agriculture in Vietnam

Viet­nam, like Chi­na, is using WTO acces­sion as *a means of ‘forc­ing the pace’* on tran­si­tion from a social­ist econ­o­my to a mixed-econ­o­my, still under the _guidance_ of the Par­ty (or that’s the the­o­ry). In oth­er words, Viet­nam will use an exter­nal pol­i­cy trans­for­ma­tion to *lever­age the domes­tic agen­da*: I can’t help admir­ing their ambi­tion. […]

Quarantine nightmares continue

New Zealand is *right to com­plain to WTO* about Aus­tralian quar­an­tine pro­ce­dures that have kept the *hum­ble Kiwi apple* out of Aus­tralian shops for _almost a century_. The Aus­tralian government‚Äîunder press­sure from yet anoth­er high­ly pro­tect­ed grow­ers’ group‚Äîhas repeat­ed­ly delayed a final deci­sion on “its own assessment”: in late 2000 that a ban on imports […]

Chinese trade growth in historical, regional context

A few arti­cles I’ve been read­ing recent­ly that put *China’s trade growth in per­spec­tive*. China’s trade growth rates are *not high­er than Japan’s* or the Asian ‘tiger’ economies dur­ing their peri­ods of most rapid growth. Chi­na is also the world’s *third biggest importer* although there is still a lot of *growth poten­tial* in it’s shares […]

Marx on free trade

Mil­ton Fried­man and his wife Rose, who must sure­ly have heard _more than their share_ of wise­cracks about *two econ­o­mists and three opin­ions*, observed that “Ever since Adam Smith there has been vir­tu­al una­nim­i­ty among econ­o­mists, what­ev­er their ide­o­log­i­cal posi­tion on oth­er issues, that inter­na­tion­al free trade is in the best inter­ests of trad­ing coun­tries […]

Manoeuvres in textile negotiations

The sur­prise with­draw­al of *all Chi­nese export tar­iffs* on tex­tiles, just a day or so after dra­mat­ic increas­es were announced, sug­gests that the Chi­nese are now *nego­ti­at­ing with them­selves* I “thought”: the Chi­nese move was clever, and no more cyn­i­cal than the pol­i­cy of the U.S. and E.U. on gar­ment imports. But … bq. “The […]