Monthly Archives: July 2003

Why are Regional Trade Agreements growing?

Mighty pow­ers in inter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ics have resumed their fat­was against region­al trade agree­ments (RTAs) as threats to the mul­ti­lat­er­al sys­tem. “Jagdish Bhag­wati and Ross Garnaut(link to TheAus­tralian newspaper)”:,5744,6732019%255E7583,00.html in the Aus­tralian of 11 July and “Bhag­wati with Arvind Panagariya(link to Finan­cial Times — subscription)”: in the Finan­cial Times. I think these dire warn­ings are a […]

Is aid helping the South Pacific?

The Solomon Islands is not alone in fail­ing to sur­vive as a mod­ern state. The prob­lem is endem­ic, if not quite as acute, through­out the Pacifc. Helen Hugh­es, whose cre­den­tials as an ana­lyst of devel­op­ment are sub­stan­tial, pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing and depress­ing overview of the impact of more than 100 bil­lion Aus­tralian Dol­lars of for­eign […]

Philippines fruit case

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: 15 July 2003 The Philip­pines Gov­ern­ment chose to announce a WTO chal­lenge to Australia’s quar­an­tine sys­tem on the day that the Prime Min­is­ter arrived in the coun­try for a three-day vis­it. bq. In its appli­ca­tion to the WTO, the Philip­pines said Aus­tralia is in breach of inter­na­tion­al quar­an­tine trad­ing reg­u­la­tions by keep­ing out the […]

NY Times hammers EU agriculture reform

The NY Times has mea­gre praise for the EU reforms ” … the rich world’s reluc­tance to dis­man­tle mar­ket-dis­­­tort­ing agri­cul­tur­al poli­cies, like tar­iffs and sub­si­dies, betrays an unwill­ing­ness to make the sac­ri­fices that poor­er nations, with less nego­ti­at­ing lever­age, have been asked to make in the name of eco­nom­ic ortho­doxy. Telling­ly, the reform announced recent­ly […]

A scientific truth

A accu­rate, if skep­ti­cal, “assessment(link to The Age newspaper)”: of pub­lic sci­ence from “James Watson(link to Cold Har­bor Lab­o­ra­to­ries bio of Watson)”: who com­plains that much fund­ing for cancer—and oth­er (?)—research is being wast­ed on grants for irrel­e­vant aca­d­e­m­ic stud­ies. The ‘sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty’ keep­ing itself in a job. bq. “The main func­tion of the sci­en­tif­ic […]

WIPO Symposium on Geographical Indications

Next week I’ll be at the World Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Orga­ni­za­tion (WIPO) “Symposium(link to the Sym­po­sium website)”: in San Fran­cis­co to present a “paper(link to a PDF file 160kb)”: on Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tions in Glob­al Dairy Trade. The WTO nego­ti­a­tions include a debate on imple­ment­ing a reg­is­ter of region-linked brands (called ‘geo­graph­i­cal indications&#8217)such as ‘Scotch’ or ‘Parme­san’. […]