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”: 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)”: 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 […]