Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez is stepping up efforts to work out a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the US even as various trade-union groups are stepping up their opposition to such a deal and as the president's political popularity slides.
The United States and the European Union have concluded an agreement that will provide new commercial opportunities for U.S. banks and other service providers in the 25-nation EU, U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab announced Sept. 25.
We, the Ministers of the Cairns Group, met in Cairns, Australia from 20-22 September, on the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of our Group, to review the current impasse in the Doha negotiations and to discuss how we can contribute to their successful resumption.
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said on Sunday that rich and developing nations had agreed that talks on a global trade pact should be renewed although differences remained over farm subsidies and market access.
The Group of 20 emerging countries and world trade heavyweights the United States, European Union and Japan clamoured on Monday for a resumption of the WTO Doha Round of negotiations, but offered no hard specifics on when or how.