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Oct 12, 2010

WTO members in final push on procurement deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Trading powers are in a final push to liberalise the market for purchases by public authorities worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year as they seek to lock China into the global procurement system.

The talks are separate to the World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round to free up global trade but could arguably have a much bigger impact on businesses.

Oct 8, 2010

WTO negotiators sense new tone in fish talks

GENEVA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Talks to curb fisheries subsidies
have taken on new life, negotiators said on Friday, boding well
for efforts to revive depleted global fish stocks and reach a
deal to open up world trade.

Trade diplomats said that differences in the fisheries talks
at the World Trade Organization remained wide, but countries
were working hard to find ways of bridging the gaps.

Oct 8, 2010
Oct 6, 2010
Oct 6, 2010

Anti-counterfeit pact text shows deal is near-source

GENEVA/WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Countries negotiating a
treaty to fight global trade in pirated goods released the text
of a 99-percent complete draft of the pact on Wednesday.

“We are at the final stage — about to cross the finishing
line,” said a European Union official close to the talks, who
asked not to be named.

Oct 1, 2010

U.N. report details hundreds of Congo atrocities

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations released a controversial report Friday documenting hundreds of atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and suggesting ways to end the climate of near-total impunity for the violence.

The report is an attempt to cover rights abuses in the former Zaire between 1993 and 2003, in which tens of thousands of people were killed and many others raped, mutilated or otherwise victimized.

Sep 29, 2010

WTO raps U.S. ban on Chinese chicken imports

GENEVA, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. measures that effectively
banned imports of Chinese cooked chicken broke international
trade rules and caused injury to China’s economy, a World Trade
Organization dispute panel said on Wednesday.

The U.S. measures challenged by China were unscientific and
discriminatory, the panel found.

Sep 29, 2010

WTO urges U.S. to show leadership in Doha talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization called on Wednesday on the United States — criticized by many trade partners for a lack of interest in trade policy — to show leadership in global commerce.

In a two-yearly review of U.S. trade policy, part of a regular survey of all 153 members, the global trade referee urged the United States to show leadership in the fight against protectionism by opening up further to trade and investment.

Sep 24, 2010

Rebels carry out rapes in Congo with impunity: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) responsible for hundreds of violent rapes are not being brought to justice in the vast, lawless country, United Nations officials said Friday.

A report by the U.N. human rights office in Congo pointed to serious shortcomings by the Congolese army and police and said their failure to prevent or stop the attacks was compounded by further failings in the U.N. peacekeepers in Congo, known as MONUSCO.

Sep 23, 2010

NGO sees renewed push in counterfeiting talks in Tokyo

GENEVA (Reuters) – Nearly 40 countries are launching a renewed push for an anti-counterfeiting accord in Tokyo this week, a non-governmental organization monitoring the secretive talks said on Thursday. Civil society critics of the negotiations say the new deal would provide a platform for rich nations to impose on developing countries tough intellectual property rules that go well beyond existing global agreements.

They say that could disrupt trade in legitimate generic drugs going to poor countries by allowing searches and seizures of the products when in transit in participating countries, something that has already occurred in the European Union. James Love, president of Knowledge Ecology International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) monitoring intellectual property questions, said the Tokyo talks could try to narrow the scope of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

    • 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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