Consensus Emerging on 'High-Level Meeting' on Trade and Environment

Volume
2,
Number
42
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2 November 1998
2 November 1998
It seems that a consensus is now shaping up on the "High-Level Meeting" on Trade and Environment. Indeed, following consultations with a number of delegations last week and today, a consensus might be struck on something which ends up looking like this: A two-day High-Level Dialogue on Trade and...
2 November 1998
The first inter-sessional meeting of the WTO General Council to prepare the ground for the next round of trade liberalisation was held in Geneva last week. Delegates focused on the implementation of existing WTO Agreements, an issue of particular concern to developing countries. This was the first...
2 November 1998
The European Commission (EC) last week approved a revised banana import licensing system devised to comply with a 1997 WTO ruling. The system allocates licences under which bananas would be imported into the EU and sets import quotas on bananas from Latin American and African, Pacific and Caribbean...
2 November 1998
The WTO is reportedly doing some hard thinking about how to accelerate the accession process for the growing list of countries eager to join the international trade forum. Presently 134 States have been granted membership, and at least 30 more have launched accession bids to the WTO, which does not...
2 November 1998
The WTO late last month issued its final ruling in a complaint brought by Canada against an Australian law requiring heat treatment of imported salmon. The WTO Appellate Body upheld an earlier WTO panel ruling which found that the Australian requirement violates international trade rules, and...
2 November 1998
The WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) met on 26-28 October in Geneva. Chaired by Ambassador Chak Mun See (Singapore), the meeting followed the so-called cluster approach that groups the first eight items on the Committee's agenda into a "market access" cluster and a "linkages between the...
2 November 1998
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) last week ruled that Japan's testing requirements for agricultural imports (specifically apples, nectarines, cherries and walnuts) violate international trade rules. The U.S. brought the case to the WTO. The WTO rejected Japan's argument that variety-by-variety...
2 November 1998
Japanese officials last week rejected U.S. allegations that Japan is standing in the way of freer trade within the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum (APEC). APEC ministers are to meet November 12-18 for the annual APEC summit, where a free trade pact is to be discussed. APEC ministers agreed...
2 November 1998
The EU last week outlined a timetable for concluding a long-negotiated free trade agreement with South Africa. EU Development Commissioner Joao de Deus Pinheiro told EU ministers last week that the EU would present its final compromise package to South African trade negotiators in mid-November, in...
2 November 1998
Experts are calling for the inclusion of oil in WTO negotiations, arguing the commodity and its producers have not benefited from trade liberalisation in the same manner as other sectors. Addressing the International Forum on Energy and Integration last week in Caracas, trade experts said that...
2 November 1998
As part of his ongoing efforts to improve WTO-civil society relations, WTO Director General Renato Ruggiero will be holding a meeting in Washington, DC on 5th November. This meeting will convene executive heads of U.S.-based non-governmental organisations working on environment, development, labour...
2 November 1998
In Geneva last week, officials of UNCTAD and of the Earth Council, a leading environmental group, announced the establishment of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). IETA, sponsored by UNCTAD and the Earth Council, is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas, information,...
2 November 1998
• EVENTS WTO MEETINGS 4 November 1998: Safeguards Committee. For information contact Luis Ople, WTO, tel (41) 22 739 5374. 5 November 1998: Rules of Origin Committee. For information contact Luis Ople, as above. 6 November 1998: Dispute Settlement Body. For information contact Nuch Nazeer, WTO, tel...