Monthly Archives: October 2005

WTO agriculture market access — the movie

You can access the mar­ket access pro­pos­als, as of about 12 Octo­ber, here on the ICTSD site along with a fair­ly good cov­er­age of the lat­est devel­op­ments. I thought about pro­vid­ing some analy­sis of the dif­fer­ent impacts of these pro­pos­als. But by the time I had that done, they might well have changed again—there were […]

Proposals for farm trade reforms surface

The U.S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive has pub­licly revealed parts of the U.S. pro­pos­als on agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions ahead of the Zurich Min­is­te­r­i­al Meet­ing this week­end and the WTO Gen­er­al Coun­cil­next week. The EU, too, has been brief­ing the press on its less ambi­tious approach. The rev­e­la­tions are in line with the details I offered last week. It’s […]

Zoellick waves a big stick

Noth­ing is so dam­ag­ing to the cred­i­bil­i­ty of the WTO’s trade regime as a lack of respect for it’s pro­vi­sions by the major economies. The U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of State, who should know bet­ter, has threat­ened a uni­lat­er­al ‘pre­emp­tive’ strike at Brazil­ian tar­iff pref­er­ences in the U.S. mar­ket if Brazil pro­ceeds with a request—that it […]

The limits of copyright protection

In a series of posts, Kim Weather­all has illu­mi­nat­ed the impact of the High Court’s deci­sion that Aus­tralia copy­right law—for the present— pro­tects the consumer’s right to access copy­right mate­ri­als acquired in con­tra­ven­tion of the right owner’s attempts to seg­ment the glob­al mar­ket sup­ply (by price dis­crim­i­na­tion). I read this deci­sion, casu­al­ly, as a con­fir­ma­tion […]

A couple more inches in the agriculture negotiations

There has been some bet­ter def­i­n­i­tion of proposals—perhaps the start of some con­ver­gence on an agreement—in the cru­cial talks on Agri­cul­ture in the Doha Round of WTO nego­ti­a­tions over the past two weeks. Some of my read­ers will know this very well, oth­ers may how­ev­er be inter­est­ed in a brief sum­ma­ry Agree­ment between the USA […]

Back to the future: an Australia-Japan FTA

The Aus­tralian Finan­cial Review car­ried an op-Ed piece from me on 30 Sep­tem­ber argu­ing that there is plen­ty of evi­dence in our past eco­nom­ic rela­tion­ship with Japan of how we could joint­ly find a more pros­per­ous future. For more details, read on h4. Aus­­tralia-Japan FTA—leapfrog­ging growth Japan and Aus­tralia are each try­ing in dif­fer­ent ways […]