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Oct 20, 2010

India says Doha talks make progress

GENEVA, Oct 20 (Reuters) – India’s trade chief added his
voice on Wednesday to comments that the long-stalled Doha talks
to free up world trade are again showing signs of life.

But Trade Minister Anand Sharma said India would not reopen
what had been agreed, and any deal must help developing
countries by making farm trade fairer — apparently rejecting
U.S. calls for a shake-up of what is on the table so far.

Oct 20, 2010
Oct 19, 2010

WTO chief steps into currency row

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Trade Organisation stepped into an escalating row over currency policies on Tuesday, saying growing disputes about exchange rates could threaten global trade and economic recovery.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said governments had largely resisted resorting to conventional trade measures such as higher tariffs to protect jobs in the wake of the crisis.

Oct 19, 2010

WTO chief steps into currency row, warns over trade

GENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) – The head of the World Trade
Organization stepped into an escalating row over currency
policies on Tuesday, saying growing disputes about exchange
rates could threaten global trade and economic recovery.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said governments had
largely resisted resorting to conventional trade measures such
as higher tariffs to protect jobs in the wake of the crisis.

Oct 14, 2010

Georgia: Russian WTO membership requires border deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia must do a deal with Georgia over customs controls on their internationally recognized border if it is to pursue its goal of joining the World Trade Organization, Georgia’s first deputy foreign minister, Giorgi Bokeria, said on Thursday.

Russia called Georgia’s demands absurd.

Bokeria’s comments suggested the August 2008 war between the two ex-Soviet states, resulting in two Georgian regions seceding with Moscow’s recognition, continued to dog relations and could impede Russia’s 17-year-old bid to join the WTO.

Oct 14, 2010
Oct 14, 2010

Trade finance bankers hail dialogue with regulators

GENEVA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Providers of trade finance and
banking regulators have begun a dialogue on the unintended
consequences of new banking rules for the crucial funding, the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said on Thursday.

The comments suggest that the Basel banking regulators will
review the impact of new proposals, known as Basel III, on trade
finance, the lifeblood of global commerce.

Oct 14, 2010

Currency war risk threatens investment recovery-UN

GENEVA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The risk of a currency war as
governments try to push down exchange rates to make exports more
competitive is deterring businesses from investing abroad, a
United Nations expert said on Thursday.

Uncertainty about exchange rates is already causing
multinational corporations to scale back foreign investment,
said James Zhan, a senior official at the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Oct 13, 2010

Trade finance groups push for looser loan rules

GENEVA (Reuters) – New data on trade finance show the traditional loan instruments are almost risk-free, raising hopes that regulators will relax their treatment and spur world economic recovery, a banking official said on Wednesday.

Trade finance is the lifeblood of global commerce, underpinning 80-90 percent of the $12-13 trillion in merchandise exports shipped around the globe each year.

Oct 13, 2010

Exclusive: Trade finance groups push for looser loan rules

GENEVA (Reuters) – New data on trade finance show the traditional loan instruments are almost risk-free, raising hopes that regulators will relax their treatment and spur world economic recovery, a banking official said on Wednesday.

Trade finance is the lifeblood of global commerce, underpinning 80-90 percent of the $12-13 trillion in merchandise exports shipped around the globe each year.

    • About Jonathan

      "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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