Monthly Archives: August 2005

Developing country interest in agriculture negotiations

Devel­op­ing coun­tries that stand back from full par­tic­i­pa­tion in trade reforms in the cur­rent round of trade nego­ti­a­tions are only short-chang­ing them­selves and oth­er devel­op­ing coun­tries. That was the mes­sage I offered to a ‘round table’ between the Nation­al Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion and Oxfam Aus­tralia in Can­ber­ra last week. I’ve includ­ed my notes and pre­sen­ta­tion below […]

The thunderer lets fly

The NY Times blasts trans-Atlantic trade poli­cies: “Lis­ten­ing to these two [EU and USA] eco­nom­ic pow­er­hous­es snipe about who should be doing what is revolt­ing; nei­ther is doing any­thing real.” The paper is right, of course: the agri­cul­tur­al sup­port and pro­tec­tion poli­cies of the EC, Japan and the USA—not to men­tion India (the edi­to­r­i­al doesn’t)—are […]


My apolo­gies for the mys­te­ri­ous error mes­sage that appeared on this page over the past 36 hours or so. All fixed? With the web, you nev­er know …

The ‘swoosh’ of trade policy

The Glob­al­iza­tion Insi­tute, a new­­ly-mint­ed, self-described ‘Cob­den­ite’ group in Lon­don has pub­lished it’s sec­ond paper in which Dr Razeen Sally—described, by the Institute’s pub­li­cist, as “Europe’s most senior trade economist”—presents his pre­scrip­tions for “the future of trade, devel­op­ment and inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions”. Just do it is Dr Sally’s rec­om­men­da­tion to gov­ern­ments on trade lib­er­al­iza­tion; an unfor­tu­nate­ly […]

I podcast

Cour­tesy of James Reese, of **, 10 min­utes or so “_*viva voce*_”: on the sub­jects of trade advo­ca­cy, bor­ders, bar­gain­ing and the myth­i­cal _800-pound gorilla_

Who is to blame for the slow pace in WTO?

The out-going Direc­tor Gen­er­al of WTO has called for more direct exchange between ‘deci­sion mak­ers’, claim­ing that the lack of deci­sion over the past month is due to defen­sive­ness on the part of Gene­­va-based diplo­mats. But it’s *not the diplo­mats* who set the pace of WTO nego­ti­a­tions. Gov­ern­ments aren’t mov­ing quick­ly because they are not […]

Court TV comes to WTO

A *Pan­el ses­sion* with the par­ties to the lat­est dis­pute in the long-run­n­ing beef hor­mones dis­pute *will be tele­vised*. This is the first time that a WTO dis­putes pro­ce­dure has been opened to non-par­tic­i­­pants and to the pub­lic The Chair of the Pan­el has writ­ten to the WTO Sec­re­tari­at, order­ing thein­no­va­tion bq.  With regard to […]