Monthly Archives: October 2004

Asian business views on WTO

I spent a cou­ple of days in the last week at a con­fer­ence orga­nized by the UN Inter­na­tion­al Trade Cen­tre in Mani­la (Philip­pines) in which 45 busi­ness lead­ers (CEOs of export com­pa­nies, indus­try asso­ci­a­tion exec­u­tives) and gov­ern­ment offi­cials from 16 Asian and Mid­dle East coun­tries dis­cussed thes­tate of the mul­ti­lat­er­al trad­ing sys­tem and the Doha […]

WTO rules against EU sugar subsidies

WTO legal deci­sions are crush­ing the use of so-called ‘domes­tic’ sup­ports to sub­si­dize exports of agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts. Yes­ter­day the WTO released the Panel’s con­dem­na­tion of two forms of EU sug­ar subsidies—first report­ed “here”:http://www.inquit.com/article/309/sugar-case-victory-on-eu-subsidies—that have helped to crip­ple world mar­kets # Annu­al sub­si­dies on 1.6 mil­lion tonnes of sug­ar that the EU imports, duty free, from […]

Where they earn their living

Guess what share farm­ing has in the income of peo­ple in the Unit­ed States who live out­side the cities? Would you say as much as 50 per­cent? No? How about 20 per­cent? Too much …? Too lit­tle … ? Here’s anoth­er way to think about the ques­tion? How much do civ­il ser­vants in non-metro areas […]

Vietnam one step nearer WTO

No oth­er nation with such cred­i­ble com­mit­ment to com­mer­cial suc­cess remains out­side the WTO. Now that the EU has reached bilat­er­al agree­ment with Viet­nam on the terms of its mem­ber­ship of WTO, the biggest hur­dle is bilat­er­al agree­ment with the Unit­ed States. bq. Intense talks on the side­lines of the Asia-Europe meet­ing ran from Tues­day […]

Thailand-Japan deal disappoints

Just as it will put a ceil­ing on Thailand’s oppor­tu­ni­ties in the Japan­ese mar­ket so the weak offer that the Thai PM extract­ed from his Japan­ese coun­ter­part this week­end will affect our oppor­tu­ni­ties in Thai­land. bq. Thai­land had agreed to drop its demand that Japan elim­i­nate import tar­iffs on rice, and in return Japan will […]

A case for settlement

In fact there’s a depress­ing pre­cen­dent for the cas­es announced yes­ter­day bq. In a dis­pute set­tle­ment case filed at the Gene­va head­quar­ters of the WTO, the US alleged that Air­bus had received a total of at least $15bn in ille­gal “launch aid” from the France, UK, Ger­many and Spain, allow­ing it to over­take Boe­ing as […]

Future Trade Agenda: Fossil fuels

I recent­ly post­ed some “ideas”:http://www.inquit.com/textpattern/index.php?event=article&ID=336 on the short-term to do list for the next Aus­tralian trade min­is­ter. This is the first of what I intend will be a series of arti­cles about some longer term chal­lenges for Aus­tralian trade ande­co­nom­ic poli­cies that I believe mer­it much clos­er atten­tion and plan­ning. h4. Why we need a […]