Development Round/Agenda (DDR/DDA)
setback as North nations refuse any outcome on S&DT
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
large majority of developing and poorest countries - the Group of
90 - suffered a setback on Thursday (23 November) at the World Trade
Organization after the United States, the European Union, and other
major industrialized countries refused to agree to any outcome on
their core issues for improving special and differential flexibilities
at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference next month, trade envoys
US tries to block MC11 Ministerial Declaration
Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
United States stood isolated and exposed on Wednesday (22 November)
for its unilateral decision to block the finalization of the ministerial
declaration for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial
conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires next month, trade envoys told SUNS.
doubts WTO's pre-eminence for multilateral trade liberalization
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 November 2017)
United States has cast doubts on the pre-eminence of the World Trade
Organization for accelerating multilateral trade liberalization. The
US did so on Tuesday (14 November) during a discussion at a small group
meeting on the outcome document for the ministerial meeting in Buenos
Aires, trade envoys familiar with the development told SUNS.
countries insist MC11 outcome must be finalised in Geneva
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 14 November 2017)
along with many countries said on Friday (10 November) that the outcome
document for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference
in Buenos Aires must be finalized in Geneva so as to avert the opaque
process that was adopted in the run-up to the last ministerial meeting
in Nairobi, in 2015, trade envoys told SUNS.
becoming a North-South battle
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 26 October 2017)
eleventh ministerial conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization
in Buenos Aires in December is increasingly transforming itself into
a North-South battle on unresolved trade issues of the Doha Work Program
African Group position on e-commerce talks at WTO
Raja, Geneva, 24 October 2017)
African Group has formally circulated on 20 October, as a restricted
official document, the full statement that it had delivered at an informal
meeting on the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce on 16 October.
countries shoot down proposals for e-commerce negotiations
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 18 October 2017)
large majority of developing and least developed countries shot down
on Monday (16 October) proposals from major industrialized and some
developing countries for establishing a "Working Party" or
"Working Group" on Electronic Commerce at the World Trade
Organization's upcoming ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, several
trade envoys told SUNS.
eludes trade ministers at Marrakesh
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
just-concluded informal trade ministerial summit in Marrakesh on 10
October brought into sharp focus the linkages between fisheries subsidies
and improvements in the Doha trade remedy rules, and between the permanent
solution for public stockholding programs and domestic support.
outcomes possible at MC11, unilateralist USA insists
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
United States, which sent a low-level delegation to the Marrakesh meeting,
continued to maintain its unilateral position that no outcomes are possible
at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos
Aires beginning on 10 December, participants told SUNS.
will be scene for fierce US vs South battle
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 10 October 2017)
World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11) in
Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December is going to be a fierce battle
between the developing and poorest countries on the one side, and the
United States on the other, trade envoys told SUNS.
pulled up for flouting mandates, WTO and Rules
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 27 July 2017)
World Trade Organization Director-General, Roberto Azevedo, was taken
to task on Tuesday (25 July) by developing countries for flouting the
mandates of the Doha Work Program and for adopting questionable procedures
and practices, such as Heads of Delegations (HoD) meetings, in his efforts
to advance new issues by the backdoor, several trade envoys told SUNS.
call for credible results, including on PSH & SSM at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 27 July 2017)
developing countries, individually and along with their coalitions on
Tuesday called for credible results based on the Doha work program,
including the permanent solution for public stockholding programs for
food security, at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial
meeting in Buenos Aires in December, trade envoys told SUNS.
of WTO Doha bodies report on key issues at TNC
Raja, Geneva, 27 July 2017)
an hiatus of almost two years, an informal meeting of the WTO Trade
Negotiations Committee (TNC) was finally held on Tuesday, at which the
chairs of the various negotiating bodies under the Doha Work Programme
reported on their recent consultations on the key issues in the run-up
to the eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires this December.
Round "legacy issues" can't be ignored in favour of new issues
Raja, Geneva, 21 July 2017)
legacy issues of the Doha Round cannot be ignored in the push for starting
negotiations on the new issues (such as investment facilitation and
binding rules on e-commerce), and the WTO members must decide "by
consensus" that the Round has been concluded, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman,
India's Minister for Commerce and Industry, said on 18 July.
optimistic over course-correction for Buenos Aires MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 21 July 2017)
Indian commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday (19 July) expressed
"optimism" about finalizing two-thirds of the work on the
proposed deliverables for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial
meeting by the time when an informal trade ministerial summit takes
place in Marrakech by mid-October.
and LDCs to pay heavy price for Hamburg declaration
Ravi Kanth, Hamburg, 11 July 2017)
leaders of the Group of 20 developed and developing countries along
with invited nations on Saturday unveiled a controversial declaration
of compromises for "shaping the interconnected world" for
which the developing and poorest countries will continue to pay a heavy
approach to MC11 outcomes to ensure comfort for US?
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 22 June 2017)
to finalize a formulaic approach of outcomes for the World Trade Organization's
eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires this December are being
intensified with the sole aim of ensuring that the United States remains
comfortable without having to undertake any fresh commitments, according
to people familiar with the development.
to try to bury DDA, push e-commerce & MSME talks at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 14 June 2017)
developed countries and their "allies" in the developing world
have intensified efforts to quietly bury the Doha Development Agenda
negotiations while launching negotiations on electronic-commerce and
micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the World Trade Organization's
eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in December, several
ministers and trade envoys told SUNS.
nations demand credible, concrete outcomes on Doha at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Paris, 12 June 2017)
ministers from India, South Africa, Indonesia, and the ACP countries
on Thursday called for credible and concrete outcomes based on the outstanding
Doha issues at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting
in Buenos Aires in December, according to people familiar with the development.
Facilitation and links to China's OBOR
Raghavan, Geneva, 22 May 2017)
stalemate over the agenda at the General Council last week, resolved
on 18 May with a compromise of sorts by the statement from the GC Chair,
Amb. Xavier Carim of South Africa, has nevertheless brought to the fore
many questionable practices of the secretariat and major systemic issues
that, if left unresolved, may soon result in causing irreparable damage
to the WTO multilateral trading system.
gets second term, South Africa to chair General Council
Raja, Geneva, 2 March 2017)
General Council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Tuesday formally
re-appointed Roberto Azevedo to a second four-year term as Director-General
of the organisation.
Members voice their views on key issues for MC11
Raja, Geneva, 28 February 2017)
informal Heads of Delegation (HOD) meeting at the WTO on 23 February
heard a range of members voicing their views on what they see as their
priority issues for possible deliverables at the eleventh ministerial
conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires later this year.
secretariat & DG reproached for vitiating negotiating climate
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 27 February 2017)
and several developing countries on Thursday (23 February) reproached
the World Trade Organization Secretariat led by Director-General Roberto
Azevedo for "vitiating" the negotiating climate by pushing
controversial new issues such as e-commerce and investment facilitation,
despite opposition from a large majority of members, trade envoys told
urge WTO DG to advance development mandate, not 'new issues'
Raja, Geneva, 13 February 2017)
80 Indian civil society organisations (CSOs) called on WTO Director-General
Roberto Azevedo to advance the development mandate of the WTO negotiations
especially on key issues in agriculture, instead of his current push
for agreements on e-commerce and investment.
want "payment" anew for unresolved Doha agri issues
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 24 January 2017)
developed and some developing countries appear to be pushing for "payment"
for addressing the unresolved Doha issues in agriculture in the run-up
to the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos
Aires later this year, sources told SUNS on Saturday.
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