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Jan 28, 2011

Trade ministers to send signal to Doha talks

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.

Jan 28, 2011
via Davos Notebook

Davos and the never-ending Doha round

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.

Jan 27, 2011

EU watching rare earths closely: trade chief

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.

Jan 27, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011

Doha trade talks gather momentum, not yet enough -Lamy

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.

Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
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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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