Monthly Archives: June 2005

“Going to Government” —- a guide to trade advocacy

Coming soon… a guide to trade advocacy. A practical self-paced course on how to make an impact on trade policies and on the trading system that draws on my experience working with business organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please “let me know”: if you’d like to be advised of availability. Every decision taken […]

Roadmap for agriculture in Vietnam

Vietnam, like China, is using WTO accession as a means of ‘forcing the pace’ on transition from a socialist economy to a mixed-economy, still under the guidance of the Party (or that’s the theory). In other words, Vietnam will use an external policy transformation to leverage the domestic agenda: I can’t help admiring their ambition. […]

Quarantine nightmares continue

New Zealand is right to complain to WTO about Australian quarantine procedures that have kept the humble Kiwi apple out of Australian shops for almost a century. The Australian government‚Äîunder presssure from yet another highly protected growers’ group‚Äîhas repeatedly delayed a final decision on “its own assessment”: in late 2000 that a ban on imports […]

Chinese trade growth in historical, regional context

A few articles I’ve been reading recently that put China’s trade growth in perspective. China’s trade growth rates are not higher than Japan’s or the Asian ‘tiger’ economies during their periods of most rapid growth. China is also the world’s third biggest importer although there is still a lot of growth potential in it’s shares […]

Marx on free trade

Milton Friedman and his wife Rose, who must surely have heard more than their share of wisecracks about two economists and three opinions, observed that “Ever since Adam Smith there has been virtual unanimity among economists, whatever their ideological position on other issues, that international free trade is in the best interests of trading countries […]

Manoeuvres in textile negotiations

The surprise withdrawal of all Chinese export tariffs on textiles, just a day or so after dramatic increases were announced, suggests that the Chinese are now negotiating with themselves I “thought”: the Chinese move was clever, and no more cynical than the policy of the U.S. and E.U. on garment imports. But … bq. “The […]