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 […]