Tag Archives: negotiations

High drama and low politics

There is a breath­less qual­i­ty to media reports on the maneu­vers of gov­ern­ments try­ing to meet the WTO’s self-imposed dead­line of 31 Octo­ber for signs of agree­ment on Agri­cul­ture at the Hong Kong Min­is­te­r­i­al Con­fer­ence in Decem­ber. The hot­house atmos­phere helps gov­ern­ments press beyond estab­lished posi­tions. But it would be naive to imag­ine that the […]

Timing is (almost) everything in WTO negotiations

A ‘sashay‘ is a fig­ure in square-danc­ing in which part­ners cir­cle each oth­er by tak­ing side­ways steps, accord­ing to the dic­tio­nary. It’s a basic move in trade nego­ti­a­tions, too. When an issue such as mar­ket access reach­es the point it has, today, where the next move becomes “I win, you loose”, the nego­ti­a­tions can sieze-up […]

France gives Mandelson the finger—-maybe

The French right wing government—especially the Elys’e-ambitious inte­ri­or Min­is­ter (Nicholas Sarkozy)—is try­ing hard to wound EC Trade Com­mis­sion­er Peter Man­del­son for con­ced­ing ‘too much’ in the WTO agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions. But they don’t seem to have awak­ened the ardor of the com­men­tari­at. Le Monde, for exam­ple, seems less than impressed by the Chirac government’s “irre­ducible” act. […]

Russia won’t make it into WTO this year

An impor­tant les­son from the last round of WTO nego­ti­a­tions was that economies close to join­ing WTO should make every effort to get in before the nego­ti­a­tions are over. Rus­sia has giv­en up on join­ing at the Hong Kong min­is­te­r­i­al con­fer­ence in Decem­ber, but it has still at least six months after that to com­plete […]

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 […]

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 […]