DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Trade ministers must set an example of compromise when they meet on Friday to negotiators in the long-running Doha trade talks if they also want the backing of voters back home, trade policy-makers said.
The European Union, the world’s biggest exporter, is hosting a dinner for trade ministers from the other key players — Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan and the United States — during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
This year’s World Economic Forum offers not one but two meetings of trade ministers on the never-ending Doha round. Besides the traditional Saturday lunch hosted by Switzerland on Saturday, this year featuring 26 ministers plus WTO chief Pascal Lamy, the EU is holding a dinner on Friday for the G7 – that’s the trade G7: Australia, Brazil, China, EU, India, Japan and USA.
The meetings may attract some interest as this year is seeing a renewed push to conclude the Doha round, now in its 10th year, after leaders of the G20 (that’s the financial G20 not the trade G20) said 2011 was a window of opportunity.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – The European Union is watching the market for rare earth minerals closely and is determined to secure supplies from China and alternative sources, its top trade official said on Thursday.
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht declined to say whether Brussels would challenge China at the World Trade Organization over the elements, used in many high-tech goods.
Heard at #Davos: ‘Sorry, this is a media-free zone’. Am I the only one to feel that has a slightly sinister ring to it?
Every cloud has a silver lining – Australia floods to make drought stricken famland more productive
anyone know how to deal with timestamp out of bounds on twitter for blackberry — cannot send or receive
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Negotiations for a
new global trade deal have shifted up a gear but must
accelerate sharply if the long-running Doha round is to
conclude this year, the head of the World Trade Organization
said on Wednesday.
Negotiators said a new and realistic mood had taken hold in
the nine-year-old talks, and progress was being made in some
areas, but considerable gaps remained.