Monthly Archives: July 2005

Advocacy in action: Bangladesh

Gov­ern­ments learn, as the Bangladeshis have, that they need the sup­port of busi­ness and oth­er pri­vate sec­tor groups in trade nego­ti­a­tions The choic­es in trade nego­ti­a­tions are com­plex and the best options are fre­quent­ly char­ac­ter­ized by fac­tors that gov­ern­ments know noth­ing of because they are not in the mar­ket-place. The gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh acknowl­edges this: […]

Mandelson sees progress, claims credit

The sur­prise for those who read Mandelson’s Lon­don speech close­ly may be his con­fir­ma­tion of progress in the nego­ti­a­tions; hedged with plau­si­ble accu­sa­tions that the trans-Atlantic busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty has lost inter­est in the Doha Round and accom­pa­nied by the ten­den­cious claim that the Europeis ‘bankrolling’ the nego­ti­a­tions. Man­del­son has offered some ideas how to move […]

China revaluation good for Australian trade

China’s deci­sion to adopt a man­aged float of the ren­min­bi and to mar­gin­al­ly reval­ue the cur­ren­cy imme­di­ate­ly will mean China’s export growth should slow and it’s imports kick-up a tick. This can only be good news for our bilat­er­al trade bal­ance. But the biggest rea­son that the float is good­for Aus­tralia is that the exter­nal […]

Trade advocacy led to sugar victory

Bil­lion-dol­lar gains from advo­ca­cy on the trade rules affect­ing cot­ton was the sub­ject of my post yes­ter­day. A sim­i­lar sto­ry emerges from the cam­paign by Aus­tralia, Brazil, Thai­land and oth­er sug­ar pro­duc­ers to put an end to EC export sub­si­dies on sug­ar. Not all advo­ca­cy cam­paigns lead to such­large wins on a glob­al scale … […]

Global trade advocacy offers huge commercial returns

Con­sid­ered as a mar­ket­ing invest­ment glob­al trade advo­ca­cy pro­duces unbeat­able ROI. Even small busi­ness and trade asso­ci­a­tions in some of the world’s poor­est economies have recent­ly won changes in glob­al mar­kets worth bil­lions of dol­lars in future returns for an invest­ment of a small frac­tion of one per­cent of that sum. If you’re still won­der­ing […]

Doha Round negotiations—- trouble or travail?

Don’t pan­ic. The “Finan­cial Times”:http://news.ft.com/cms/s/0ac6b344-f6dd-11d9-aeff-00000e2511c8.html has joined a cho­rus of con­cern that a deal on world trade reform now looks ‘remote’. It’s true that trade nego­ti­a­tions are over only when they’re over, but Doha will con­clude with broad­ly based,significant agree­ment in the next 12 to 18 months. That’s my bet, and I think you’ll agree […]

Opening agricultural markets the key to global trade reform

Two of the most senior trade econ­o­mists at the World Bank, Kym Ander­son and Will Mar­tin, have pro­duced a “Trade Note(World Bank site: PDF file)”:http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTRANETTRADE/Resources/Pubs/TradeNote23.pdf that calls the G-20’s bluff on agri­cul­tur­al reform The Ander­son & Martin’s note con­tains the results of their esti­mates of the dis­tri­b­u­tion of gains to devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­tries of […]