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Jun 25, 2010

WTO report on Airbus due next week -trade sources

GENEVA, June 25 (Reuters) – A World Trade Organisation
report on aid for European planemaker Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) ARBU.UL,
expected to condemn the European Union for illegal subsidies,
will be published on June 30, trade sources said on Friday.

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 had found some
of the aid challenged by the United States was prohibited export
subsidies and must be stopped within 90 days. [ID:nLDE62M20E]

Jun 25, 2010

WTO to discuss financial crisis amid bailout concerns

GENEVA, June 25 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization will discuss the financial crisis next week to address concerns by some developing countries that bailouts have distorted global trade and competition, a senior trade official said on Friday.

The discussion will also allow trade negotiators looking at liberalising and opening up markets to learn about the latest moves in financial regulation, which is not covered by global trade talks.

Jun 24, 2010

Temp workers lead EU, U.S. recovery

GENEVA (Reuters) – A sharp increase in temporary work — a traditional leading indicator of in the early phase of recovery — shows that many European countries and the United States are pulling out of recession, an industry association said on Thursday.

The temporary work data give an advance snapshot of how the economy is likely to develop and are typically followed some six months later by similar moves in overall employment numbers, said Denis Pennel, managing director of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CIETT).

Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010

US accuses China of blocking Doha trade talks

GENEVA, June 24 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s
long-running Doha round is stuck and a deal is impossible until
China and other big emerging economies join real negotiations to
open their markets, the U.S. ambassador to the WTO said on
Thursday.

The unusually outspoken comments were a sign of Washington’s
frustration at the reluctance of China, Brazil and India –
among the most dynamic players in the world economy — to create
more market opportunities to reach a deal in the talks.

Jun 24, 2010

U.S. says China blocking stuck Doha trade talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round is stuck and a deal is impossible until China and other big emerging economies join real negotiations to open their markets, a top U.S. trade official said on Thursday.

The unusually outspoken comments were a sign of Washington’s frustration at the reluctance of China, Brazil and India — among the most dynamic players in the world economy — to create more market opportunities to reach a deal in the Doha talks.

Jun 23, 2010

Farm trade safeguard would have limited impact – study

GENEVA (Reuters) – A controversial plan to allow developing countries to raise tariffs temporarily to cope with a destabilising flood of food imports or drop in food prices would actually have little impact on trade flows, a new study shows.

Disagreements over the “special safeguard mechanism” were the immediate cause of the collapse in July 2008 of the last major attempt to conclude the World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round to open up world trade.

Jun 22, 2010

U.S. rejects WTO panel on clove cigarette ban

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States rejected on Tuesday a call by Indonesia for a World Trade Organization panel to rule on their dispute over the U.S. ban on clove-flavoured cigarettes.

Like many trade disputes, this turns on health and safety rules, and whether they are being abused to keep out imports.

Jun 14, 2010

U.N., OECD warn that bailouts distort investment

GENEVA, June 14 (Reuters) – Emergency bailouts by
governments to cope with the financial crisis have distorted
investment flows and should be scaled back as soon as it is safe
to do so, an international report released on Monday said.

But the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
also found that regular investment policies in recent months had
tended to keep markets open and promote investment flows.

Jun 9, 2010

States clash over anti-counterfeiting enforcement

GENEVA (Reuters) – Rich and developing countries clashed on Wednesday over controversial proposals to tighten up the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is being negotiated by a dozen governments and authorities, mainly in rich states but including some emerging economies, to police trademark protection more effectively and ban Internet piracy.

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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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