Monthly Archives: August 2003

Positive unilateralism

bq.  “… The osten­si­ble U.S. posi­tion is an odd one. We accept the prin­ci­ple that trade in agri­cul­tur­al goods ought to be lib­er­al­ized, and that this is a mat­ter of jus­tice as well as of effi­cien­cy. But we’re not will­ing to give any more than Europe and Japan are–and “Europe,” in this case, means “France.” […]

Developing countries must open their markets

There’s a real dan­ger that devel­op­ing coun­try nego­tia­tors will allow ‘polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness’ to get in the way of a good result for their own trad­ing inter­ests in the WTO Agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions. The PC view is that devel­op­ing coun­tries need to pro­tect their mar­kets to allow their ‘infant’ agri­cul­tur­al indus­tries to grow or to safe­guard their […]

Outsourcing’ at home

The “outsourcing(link to Brad DeLong’s site)”:/http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/002014.html issue has an aspect that is much clos­er to home for many house­hold­ers in indus­tri­al­ized coun­tries. Here’s an hon­est and insight­ful account from “Mats Lind(link to Pandora’s Blog)”:http://blogofpandora.blogspot.com/2003_08_01_blogofpandora_archive.html#106141431802377352.

The storm builds

The US-EU joint paper[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry] has pro­voked oth­ers into try­ing their hand at a new approach to a WTO deal on reform­ing world agri­cul­tur­al trade. Look for a paper in the next day or so from India, Chi­na and Brazil that * calls for the elim­i­na­tion of export sub­si­dies * cracks-down on domes­tic sup­port […]

Better prognosis for TRIPS and public health

Reuters(link to Reuters Health Infor­ma­tion site)”:http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2003/08/19/business/links/20030819econ001.html reports that a new com­pro­mise on TRIPS and pub­lic health may put the issue to rest before the Can­cún meet­ing.

Comments fixed

My apolo­gies to those of you who tried to leave a com­ment but could not. All items are now open for your com­ments. Thank you.

New rules for regional trade agreements?

WTO’s sug­ges­tion for turn­ing the pro­lif­er­a­tion of ‘free trade agree­ments’ to pos­i­tive account. bq. “Two ground rules of pol­i­cy behav­iour could help to con­sol­i­date and build upon the ben­e­fits of region­al­ism and pro­mote a more effec­tive mul­ti­lat­er­al trad­ing sys­tem . bq. The first rule would be to refrain from engag­ing in region­al com­mit­ments (on issues […]