Monthly Archives: December 2005

Google wool

A zeitgeist is a spirit of the times. “Google”: can, probably, pretend to measure it, at least for a large proportion of people in Europe, the Americas and parts of Asia using the subject of queries to it’s databases as a proxy. But oddly, they chooseonly to pretend to tell us what it is. For […]

Ten observations about the WTO’s first decade

As of Saturday 16, there was little consensus inside the Hong Kong Conference Center as you can read from the press coverage, except that the European Community’s negotiating position is unacceptable to everyone else. The atmosphere is poisonous and the discussions, even in the smallest and most senior informal groups (the ‘green room’ meetings organized […]

A few days in Hong Kong

I will be speaking at an “academic conference”: in Hong Kong on Friday at the invitation of Prof Henry Gao at Hong Kong University. My talk will be based on “WTO: The First Ten Years”: which appeared a week or so back. It will be good to catch up with many friends who will also […]

Predictions for 2006

Some of my guesses for trade and public policy outcomes next year h4. A few predictions for 2006 #(relaxed) The WTO negotiations will conclude in Geneva in the third quarter, barely leaving time to create and verify a hundred-thousand pages of commitment schedules before the US negotiating authority expires. After five years of talks, the […]

WTO seen from the banks of the Zambezi

A great “report”: from Alan Beattie of the frustrations of Dipak Patel, the Zambian Minister for Trade, trying to manage the interests of a least-developed African economy in the global trading system Beattie’ report is full of accurately observed detail, not just about the sarcastic Patel’s desperate lack of resources but also about the hopelessly […]