Monthly Archives: April 2005

Doha doldrums

I’ve been traveling a lot in the past month and haven’t posted here as often as I should (I’m writing this after a day spent at the headquarters of the Andean Economic Community in Lima, Peru). In a visit to Washington, Brussels and Geneva in the past month it was pretty clear to me that, […]

Free trade agreement with China

Over the last year or so I organized several meetings between a group of businesses, industry associations and senior trade officials to discuss preparations for the negotiations. There is modest enthusiasm and a great deal of scepticism about the proposed agreement among business groups. In contrast to the US agreement, many businesses question whether there […]

A (weak) case for food trade liberalization

Dr Supachai begins by making the orthodox but fundmental observation that “food self-sufficiency is not equivalent to food security.” Autarky has never been a sensible policy either for growth or for food security. If it were then North Korea really would be the “workers’ paradise” (the former Albania, too). bq. Today there is, however, the […]

Developing countries’ record trade share

Trade growth was stronger around the world in the first half of 2004 than it had been for more than two decades.  Nominal merchandise trade growth of 21% was due to a combination of strong real trade growth (9%) and a sharp increase in dollar prices (11%) bq. Riding a wave of higher oil and […]

“Managing the Challenges of WTO Membership”

My co-editors on this project, which began early last year, are Andrew Stoler, Director of “IIBE&L”: and Patrick Low, Director of Development and Economic Research at “WTO” The case study authors are academics, officials, expert analysts and businessassociation executives in about 30 developing countries (and one or two developed economies) including strong representation from North, […]

Indonesia and Malaysia

bq. In contrast to Indonesia, where real democracy took root after the ousting of Suharto, post-Mahathir Malaysia has kept a system of authoritarian rule cloaked in democratic trappings and reliant for its legitimacy on perpetual economic growth. Like the Chinese Communist party, Umno fears nothingso much as economic recession. As far as his Umno colleagues […]

Funeral games

John Lloyd, a Financial Times editor, makes a good case that “the stern, illiberal and anti-modern …  John Paul” could only have viewed this week’s media ecstasy as a tragedy. bq. In Rome this week, we have seen another kind of frenzy: a media-assisted swarming about the body of the Pope. This has been generously […]