African trade envoys are extremely unhappy over what they call 'layers of opaqueness' in the manner which the four key players in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations - the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India - are following, keeping others out of the process.
Bilateral discussions among the trade chiefs of the European Union, India, the United States and Brazil held over the weekend in London and Geneva stepped up movement in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations to finalize the possible elements of a deal in the difficult packages of agriculture and market opening for industrials.
US Trade Representative Susan Schwab will hold informal bilateral discussions in London with her three major counterparts in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations this weekend and then travel to Geneva to meet with World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy and others
The United States indicated it will consider a combined cap on 'amber box' and 'blue box' domestic payments for commodity-specific subsidy payments that would specify the maximum amount that Washington could spend at any given period of time.
The United States refused to tip its hand on what more it will offer to negotiators at the Doha Development Agenda on agricultural domestic spending during a nearly week-long high-level session in London last week with the European Union, India, Brazil and Japan.
Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP)
The militant Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) conducted an Operation Pinta (OP) in front of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to call for the junking of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has been facing demonstrations by farmers and NGOs concerned that his visit to Indonesia is aimed at getting the government to dilute the "food security" demands of the Group of 33 in the WTO's Doha negotiations.
The US, European Union and India are close to a compromise that would allow the Doha global trade negotiations to resume, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said Wednesday according to a Dow Jones news service report from Jakarta
Pascal Lamy is a man with a mission. Since assuming the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in September 2005, the former Trade Commissioner of the European Union has taken to heart his role as the captain of global trade, hoping to steer the 148 Member countries of the WTO into concluding a new multilateral trade agreement under the Doha Round the soonest possible time.