By Kanaga Raja (SUNS), TWN Info Service on Trade and WTO Issues (Oct 05)
The Chair of the WTO agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New Zealand, has warned members that 'material convergence', particularly on market access, was needed by 31 October, otherwise he would have to report that objectives for the Hong Kong Ministerial cannot be met.
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct 05)
The Group of 20 developing countries has presented six new proposals for the WTO agriculture negotiations. The papers were distributed at two informal meetings on agriculture held at the WTO on 21 October.
By Martin Khor, TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Oct05)
Many developing countries continued to raise objections to the inclusion of 'numerical targets and indicators' as a negotiating approach in a revised text on services for the Ministerial Declaration for the WTO's Hong Kong conference.
The statement has been signed by 35 groups from over 30 countries representing development, environment, gender, fair trade and religious groups as well as farmers, trade union related groups and research groups.