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Jul 16, 2010

Positive signs in trade barrier talks – chairman

GENEVA (Reuters) – Trading powers are putting forward news ideas on breaking down barriers to global commerce, indicating progress is possible in a key area of world trade negotiations, the diplomat chairing the talks said on Thursday.

Both developed and developing countries took part in a week of meetings on non-tariff barriers — obstacles to exports and imports besides import duties, said Luzius Wasescha, Switzerland’s ambassador to the World Trade Organisation.

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Offshoring creates good jobs in poor countries – study

GENEVA (Reuters) – Offshoring and outsourcing in services from call centres to accountancy and medicine have created good jobs in terms of pay and working hours in developing countries, according to a study published on Monday.

But the International Labour Organization (ILO) study found that improved work practices in the outsourcing industry could reduce excessive rates of staff turnover.

Jun 30, 2010

WTO panel slams EU aid for Airbus

GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization judges gave the European Union a stinging rebuke on Wednesday, saying the EU must axe prohibited export subsidies to plane-maker Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) which had injured U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The WTO panel concluded Airbus had been able to launch a series of passenger jets only thanks to subsidies from the EU and member states Britain, France, Germany and Spain, without which it would be a very different and much weaker company.

Jun 30, 2010

Boeing says all Airbus models hit by WTO ruling

GENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel
has ruled that launch aid provided by four European governments
for airliners built by EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) subsidiary Airbus is
illegal and must be remedied without delay, a senior lawyer for
rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said.

The ruling, which according to Boeing particularly condemns
$4 billion in loans providing prohibited export subsidies for
the A380, means EU states cannot fund the new A350 model in the
same way, he said.

Jun 30, 2010

WTO’s Airbus subsidy report due Wednesday -sources

GENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) – A World Trade Organisation
report on aid for European planemaker Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) ARBU.UL,
expected to condemn the European Union for illegal subsidies,
will be published later on Wednesday, trade sources said.

The 1,000-page report was issued confidentially to the
European Union and United States in March, and sources familiar
with it said at the time a panel of WTO experts found some
payments challenged by the United States were prohibited export
subsidies and must be stopped within 90 days. [ID:nLDE62M20E]

Jun 27, 2010

China rebuffs US trade criticism, says US to blame

GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) – China has dismissed U.S. comments that Beijing is blocking a new trade agreement, saying that it was the United States that was stalling progress in the World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round.

The angry comments, by China’s ambassador to

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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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