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OFFICE OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
2010 November 15th WTO Arena
Lamy: G20 and APEC leaders expect the Doha Round to be a “deliverable” next year Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 21st Geneva Week for WTO non-resident members and observers, said that the G20 and APEC leaders’ meetings last week “provided a clear signal that they expect the Doha Development Round to be a deliverable next year.” He said that: “Discussions between leaders on this topic were to the point: how to supplement what is already on the table with new give and take in order to build a final package that they would take to their respective Parliaments. The challenge is now to translate this political will into negotiations here in Geneva. Since June last year, members have been testing flexibilities in various formats. This process must now intensify in order to “walk the talk”. http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/sppl_e/sppl179_e.htm
WTO issues report on cigarette dispute The WTO, on 15 November 2010, issued the report of a panel that had examined a complaint by the Philippines against Thailand regarding customs and fiscal measures on cigarettes from the Philippines (DS371). http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news10_e/371r_e.htm
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Also listen to BBC Caribbean Report via this link) TOURISM .org . about themselves. The first was an inflammatory statement attributed to Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.com/2/index. our leaders are conveying mixed signals to the people of the region about how they feel about the Caricom relationship and. http://www. Watch the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) News Brief via this link) (NB.csmenetwork.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=10044:cool-heads-and-nocrowns-the-caribbean-in-a-storm-by-ronaldsanders&catid=146:opinion&Itemid=383 NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN).EU/ ACP -- Regional (NB.crnm. the late prime minister of Barbados. The CTO has submitted its own proposals for what they say is for a more equitable reform of the tax. indeed. http://www.csmenetwork.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=10149:tourism-caribbeanleading-global-anti-apd-lobby&catid=138:businessopportunities&Itemid=357 Cool heads and no crowns: The Caribbean in a storm by Ronald Sanders NOT for the first time in the history of Caricom.com/2/index. which she did not make. and the other was the almost complete turnout of Caricom leaders to the funeral of David Thompson. http://www. which has been blamed in part for a decline in visitors from Britain to the the region. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Two incidents brought this reality into sharp focus over the last few days. Members of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation used a big annual tourism fair in London to push their case that the distance-based duty penalises long-haul destinations. and the genuine sense of "family" that they showed.Caribbean leading global anti-APD lobby Caribbean countries are forging an international alliance to fight soaring increases in Britain’s controversial air passenger tax.
The signing Monday by the South Korean and Peruvian trade ministers is one of the final steps in bringing the pact into effect.html NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). Negotiations for the South Korea-Peru deal. http://www. The so-called "initialing" of the accord "basically confirms the text" of the agreement. which will eliminate tariffs on a wide array of goods within 10 years. Garcia came from Japan. South Korea should take some responsibilities for steadfastly stonewalling a free trade agreement with the US. http://www. From the US perspective.shtml World SKorea takes another step forward on free trade by provisionally signing deal with Peru South Korea took another step forward in its ambitious free trade strategy Monday.com/markets/market_news/article. Currency issues and trade imbalances continue to linger among an anemic worldwide economic recovery. where he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. You may ask what this has to do with the Sino-US trade relations. were concluded in August. who arrived in Seoul the day before for a three-day official visit.globaltimes. And beef stands out as a litmus test for South Korea's commitment to a sustainable global trade system. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.com/publish/caribbeannews/CARICOM_GETS_IADB_FUNDING_TO_SUPPORT_CARIBBEAN_SUST AINABLE_ENERGY_DEVELOPMENT13154. the road to a balanced trade with Beijing is via Seoul. Lee Myung-bak of South Korea and Peru's Alan Garcia.jsp? content=D9JGGQN00 South Korean fear of US beef breaks trade balance The G20 summit in Seoul ended up with a deadlock. an official at South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In attendance were the presidents of the two countries. agreeing the text of a pact with Peru as a much bigger accord with the United States remains snagged amid haggling over autos and beef. http://opinion.thebahamasweekly.canadianbusiness.crnm.CARICOM gets IADB funding to support Caribbean Sustainable Energy Development The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) last month formalized the Technical Cooperation Agreement that made available US$400 000 in grant funding to pave the way for the preparation of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (CSERMS). This time. said Hong Seung-in. without reaching any substantive agreement among the world's leading economies. http://www.cn/commentary/2010-11/592071.org .
USTR Kirk says TPP members aim to create “the most forward-leaning high-standard trade agreement ever engaged in. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Brunei.” he said…“What we are ultimately creating will become the Free-Trade Agreement of the Asia-Pacific. they did so when global commerce is especially vulnerable. not only in Korea but in Japan and China and others.which would conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) .html NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). was the place where the world was supposed to come together to rebalance the teetering global economy. companies in an effort to double exports in five years.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC1011150000067/US-pushes-to-complete-Asia-Trade-Deal-by-next-Apecsummit See also: US puts ’foot to the pedal’ to conclude Asia trade deal. Countries are already erecting barriers to trade and engaging in predatory policies that are sure to set back growth. the G-20 meeting in Seoul . Singapore.todayonline. today after a 10-day trip to the region. He heads back to the U. and China . Vietnam and Peru . http://www.” President Barack Obama is pushing to open Asian markets to U.have interests that are diametrically opposed. vs. http://www.concluded.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said yesterday.S. Malaysia. the US. The nine countries involved . China: A cold trade war On Friday. with Japan invited as an observer. The central obstacle to a global solution? Despite wishful thinking to the contrary.crnm.org/spip.the summit bringing together the world's 20 most important economies .bilaterals.nydailynews. Instead of doing so. the world's two largest economies .com/opinions/2010/11/14/2010-1114_us_vs_china_a_cold_trade_war. the fifth since former President George Bush revived the grouping in 2008. Worse. presidents and prime ministers deferred solutions to the most intractable problems to the indefinite future.S.US pushes to complete Asia Trade Deal by next Apec summit The United States is pushing to complete trade talks with nine Asia-Pacific countries . New Zealand.php?article18477 U.” Kirk said.org .S.Chile. and so we are looking for reentry into this market.met on the sidelines of the Apec summit. Australia.the U. http://www. The gathering.S. “U. during which he was unable to secure a trade deal with South Korea on differences over beef and autos.by next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) gathering in Honolulu. http://www. beef has been shut out of most of Southeast Asia for the last 10 years.
Many of the Republicans that were elected are NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). when the House of Representatives has been in control of Republicans.S. president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. http://www.go. http://www.jp/foreign/kan/topics/201011/aelmdeclaration2 010_e. and National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana. with Vice President Boediono yesterday. Industry Minister Muhammad Sulaiman Hidayat. The move would link the world's three biggest economies . http://en.chiefly between the US and China .S. "I believe that as we trade. Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo.The 18th APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING Yokohama.kantei. “We think we are not ready yet because the agreement is very hard for the local industry. Japan. Japan.org . but gave no timetable.APEC summit in Japan calls for regional free-trade zone. Also attending the event were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa. deep differences remain . The agreement was announced at the end of a two-day summit in Yokohama. However.org/spip.pdf Indonesia unprepared for Asia-Pacific free trade Indonesia is still considering participating in the Asia-Pacific free trade agreement.the United States. We think the outcome is going to bode well for trade interests.over trade imbalances and currency distortions…In their final declaration.mercopress. 13-14 November 2010 http://www.crnm. it strengthens both of our economies. "Historically. election may benefit Canadian cattle producers. The mid-term elections resulted in an increased number of Republicans in the House of Representatives. They also pledged to take “concrete steps toward realising a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific”." Not everybody has been as optimistic about the changes as Toews.bilaterals. and so we see the results as positive." says Travis Toews. Apec leaders reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment to achieving free and open trade and investment in the region”. it has typically been more friendly to trade issues with Canada.” Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) in Yokohama. Japan and China. Japan. Results from the recent U.com/2010/11/15/apec-summit-in-japan-callsfor-regional-free-trade-zone-but-gives-no-details See also: Declaration .php?article18486 Moving Ahead On Trade With U. but gives no details Leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Co-operation (Apec) forum have pledged to move towards creating a regional free-trade area. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
Nurse.com/english/TKY201011120303. packaging.asp? more=business&NewsID=14022 NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). http://www.shtml Business Monday: UWI Cave Hill.com/index. http://www. WTO to host international workshops in January Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre.barbadosadvocate.com/publish/bis-newsupdates/World_Trade_Organisation13149. http://www. manufacturing. said there may have to be changes in the Government’s revenue structure. According to Dr. Mr Winder met with representatives from printing. chartered accountant Raymond Winder. Meetings with Family Island businesses are planned http://www. for 24 students who successfully completed the MITP programme. and are expected to attract a wide range of regional participants. Dr.members of the Tea Party movement. which tends to have a protectionist view on foreign trade. http://www. The workshops will focus on trade facilitation and WTO policies and development.thebahamasweekly. publishing. Nurse made the disclosure during the recent graduation dinner.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=19796&Itemid=469 Kan points way to talks on EPA with EU Visiting Prime Minister Naoto Kan called Friday on the European Union to start preliminary talks on negotiations for an economic partnership agreement (EPA). or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Dr. WTO chief negotiator. The programme will be co-delivered by experts from the WTO and from the Caribbean.crnm.portageonline. Kan agreed with EU President Herman Van Rompuy during talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit to start a new round of ministerial meetings with an eye on reaching agreement for starting negotiations on an EPA early next year when Japan-EU summit talks are scheduled.asahi. disclosed that a consolidation training programme will be staged for two weeks in January (10-21) and will be open to both professionals and students.com/newsitem. the programme will be specially adapted to the needs of the Caribbean and will move beyond knowledge transfer and focus on deepening the analytical skills of participants. beverages and furniture operations last week.org . Keith Nurse.html Other News World Trade Organisation team meets with businesses Consultation with private enterprises has started as the Bahamas negotiates membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). at the Azul Restaurant in Christ Church.
will be conducting a national consultation on Industrial Policy on November 18 at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).caribarena. from 9 am to 2 pm. will end the year with a marginal economic contraction. An Industrial Policy can be defined as a set of actions or interventions by the state in order to affect the way factors of production are being distributed across national industries.org .jamaicaobserver. Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda reiterated the need for commercial banks to balance the cost of funds and the price of funds so that businesses can more equitably share in success. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.barbadosadvocate. http://www. said the Governor of the Central Bank.com/antigua/news/latest/nationalconsultation-on-industrial-policy-2010111510693. focusing on the theme: 'Building Climate Resilient Economies: The Way Forward'. http://www.html PIOJ to host dialogue for development lecture With global climate change emerging as one of the most significant threats to the sustainable development agendas of CARICOM countries. http://www.asp? more=business&NewsID=14023 Regulatory reform coming for fat banks? Government is exploring policy measures to encourage Jamaica's cash-rich banking sector to more equitably share the burden of economic development with the rest of the productive sector. growth is however expected next year. which is into its second consecutive year of economic decline.crnm.com/newsitem. While the economy remained stable at the end of September this year.Business Monday: Measures needed to help C’bean economies rebound THE three leading economies in the Caribbean are the subject of much discussion as the global recession and recent bad weather compound their fortunes. in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. when he last reviewed the economy. the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will host a Dialogue for Development Lecture. Delisle Worrell. In separate instances last wek. http://www. Barbados. NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). This forms part of a regional initiative to craft a harmonized industrial policy for CARICOM Member States.com/business/Regulatory-reformcoming-for-fat-banks_8143888 National Consultation on Industrial Policy The CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Secretariat. Dr.
as Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. a G-20 country.asp Turkey pledges support at Global Economic forum The Bahamas has asked the Republic of Turkey. The knock-on effect would be a drastic reduction in demand for burley and oriental tobacco used to make these products.jis.http://www.com. Deputy to the Governor General accepted Letters of Credence from Her Excellency Inci Tümay.php?newsid=1795&g=-1 Quick Media Links Antigua & Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Government Portal http://www.sh tml ITGA: 79 Developing Countries Say No to World Health Organisation’s Guidelines The International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA) applauds the decision by the Council of Ministers of the African. November 11 at Government House http://www. Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). This call came as His Excellency Sir William Allen.com/publish/bis-newsupdates/Turkey_pledges_support_at_Global_Economic_forum13145. http://www. or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.seekingmedia.ab.php The Bahamas NOTE: The opinions and articles mentioned do not necessarily reflect the views of The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN). for assistance in ensuring that smaller developing states have a voice within the global economic forum for a level playing field.thebahamasweekly.au/news.gov. to oppose the approval of the World Health Organization's (WHO) guidelines .crnm.org . and account for half of global consumption. which require ingredients.for a ban on ingredients used in tobacco products . The latest WHO guidelines for articles 9 and 10 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) would virtually eliminate blended cigarettes. http://www.at its 4th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Uruguay next week (1).ag/gov_v3/index. The ban is being proposed despite WHO acknowledgments that products without ingredients are just as harmful as those with.gov.jm/officePM/html/20101114T1800000500_25976_JIS_PIOJ_TO_HOST_DIALOGUE_FOR_DEVELOPMENT_LECTU RE. during a ceremony Thursday.
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