Europe's top trade negotiator said on Thursday draft negotiating texts drawn up this week for a World Trade Organisation meeting in December were inadequate, a latest sign of the deep divisions plaguing the talks.
Trade ministers of the 'quad' nations the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India, along with Japan yesterday made some progress in bridging the gulfs in all packages of the Doha Development Agenda, agreeing to meet once again December 2 and 3 to finalize a ministerial declaration for the December 13 Hong Kong ministerial
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on nWTO and Trade Issues (Nov05)
Following the decision last week to lower expectations on what the Hong Kong Ministerial meeting will achieve, there is an atmosphere of uncertainty as to the process between now and the Hong Kong meeting, as well as after.
Bliss said that the administration continues to be 'mindful' of congressional 'sensitivities' concerning calls by India and other developing countries for agreement in the WTO on facilitating the temporary cross-border movement of professional personnel--known as Mode 4--and that the United States has no plans to propose any new initiative in the area.