Tag Archives: trade

ACTA Draft Treaty

It seems that the “near final” draft released a few days ago has been watered down a lot from ear­li­er leaked drafts. Expec­ta­tions man­age­ment? Or actu­al dis­agree­ments between the par­ties? Since ACTA was an attempt to nego­ti­ate an treaty on enforce­ment of prin­ci­ples cov­ered by the mul­ti­lat­er­al frame­work in secret and among a select group […]

Back and forward (and back) in Geneva

News ser­vices have all picked up a state­ment by the U.S. nego­tia­tor for agri­cul­ture in WTO in which he claims there’s been “some progress” in the Doha nego­ti­a­tions in the past six months but it looks like there’ll beno new rules ahead of the U.S. Con­gress extend­ing the farm bill sub­si­dies in 2012. “Some progress”?! […]

Krugman’s take on protection

It seems Krug­man will say any­thing to score a point. He wants to argue that insuf­fi­cient demand (unem­ploy­ment) is a prob­lem and that redis­tri­b­u­tion (trade tax­es) is not. “…the attempt to place blame for the Depres­sion on pro­tec­tion­ism is a sort of Noble Lie, an attempt to scare peo­ple into trade pol­i­cy that’s good for […]

Trade ‘imbalances’ are misleading

Alexan­dro Jara, the Deputy Direc­­tor-Gen­er­al of WTO “[R]elying on con­ven­tion­al trade sta­tis­tics gives a dis­tort­ed pic­ture of trade imbal­ances between coun­tries. As we saw when look­ing at the Chi­nese con­tent of the iPad, what counts is not the imbal­ances as mea­sured by gross val­ues of exports and imports, but how much val­ued added is embed­ded […]

Why the Doha Round is failing

The usu­al­ly well-informed ITSCD Bridges Newslet­ter tries to explain it with a bit of tabloid allit­er­a­tion: ‘Polit­i­cal Paral­y­sis Poi­sons WTO Agri­cul­ture Talks’. Nah! It’s a polit­i­cal choice to put the talks on life-sup­­port and it will be a polit­i­cal choice to pull the tubes. It’s Doha that’s in rig­or, not the pol­lies. The Doha Round […]

ACTA is an attack on the WTO

India has com­plained in the recent TRIPS coun­cil that the ACTA pro­vi­sions mod­i­fy the bal­ance of rights and oblig­a­tions estab­lished by a mul­ti­lat­er­al agree­ment (TRIPS) cov­er­ing the same domain. The secret nego­ti­a­tion of this pluri­lat­er­al agree­ment by a cabal that includ­ed Aus­tralia is an attack on that bal­ance and hence on one of the pil­lars […]

Positions diverge on Doha negotiations

Anoth­er cold show­er for WTO: last week’s attempt in Gene­va to sketch out some ‘com­mon ground’ failed. Nation­al nego­ti­at­ing teams were said to be shocked (yes, ‘shocked’) by the size of the gaps between nation­al posi­tions. “… nine years into the mul­ti­lat­er­al trade talks, it remains unclear whether the invi­o­lable ‘red lines’ of promi­nent WTO […]