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Feb 22, 2011

Lamy, WTO members say Doha talks not fast enough

GENEVA, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Long-running talks on a global
trade deal are at last making progress but the pace of work is
nowhere near fast enough to meet a new self-imposed deadline of
the end of the year, senior trade officials said on Tuesday.

World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy told
the body’s General Council that member states must speed up
their efforts, and trade powers expressed concern that what many
see as the last chance for a Doha round deal is slipping away.

Feb 17, 2011

Doha trade talks start to move – U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The long-running Doha trade talks have finally started to move after a constructive week of talks among key powers that grappled with issues of substance, the U.S. envoy to the World Trade Organization said on Thursday.

The comments, by U.S. ambassador Michael Punke, were one of the strongest signs yet that an intensified push to conclude the decade-old negotiations this year were finally bearing fruit.

Feb 17, 2011
Feb 17, 2011

Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.

Agreement would not only help reverse the alarming depletion of global fish stocks and contribute to a broader trade deal in the WTO’s long-running Doha round, but would provide a template for tackling global problems such as climate change that have a trade dimension.

Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011

Doha trade talks too slow, deal unsure – Sutherland

GENEVA (Reuters) – World leaders have so far failed to give the necessary impetus to a new trade deal and agreement in the long-running Doha round is far from certain, former WTO Director-General Peter Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Failure to clinch a deal would not only deprive the world of an economic boost of at least $360 billion, according to the Irish lawyer and banker, a former European Commissioner.

Feb 9, 2011

Northeast Asia dominates patent filing growth

GENEVA, Feb 9 (Reuters) – China, Japan and South Korea are
dominating growth in international patent filings in a dramatic
demonstration of the shift of scientific and economic power to
northeast Asia, figures released on Wednesday showed.

The World Intellectual Property Organization said China had
increased its international patent filings in 2010 by an
astonishing 56.2 percent to 12,337, triple its 2006 figure and
pushing it into fourth place in global rankings.

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      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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