FTAA Ministerial Sets Negotiating Schedule Despite Differences On Agriculture

Volume
6,
Number
38
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7 November 2002
7 November 2002
During a meeting of the trade ministers of the 34 member states of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Quito, Ecuador on 1 November, the US, Canada, and Latin American countries established a timeline in which to negotiate the Western Hemispheric free trade zone by 2005. Despite disputes...
7 November 2002
At a 4-5 November meeting of the WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access, Members considered proposals on non-agricultural market access, in which both development and environment issues emerged as occasional themes. Background At negotiations launched last November in Doha, Qatar, WTO Members...
7 November 2002
An informal 'mini-ministerial' meeting of 25 ministers from key trading nations is set to take place next week on 14-15 November in Sydney, Australia. According to sources, ministers will discuss a range of issues, focusing on contentious areas on the WTO's Doha mandate -- such as intellectual...
7 November 2002
A continuing division between developing and most developed countries' positions on greenhouse gas reductions became more contentious at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in New Delhi, India, on 23 October to 1 November, as the US largely...
7 November 2002
Postponed so that it could be part of 'Geneva Week' activities -- whereby Members and observers without permanent missions in Geneva attend a series of WTO meetings -- the WTO held its third dedicated session on small economies (under the auspices of the Committee on Trade and Development) on 4...
7 November 2002
On 29-30 October, more than thirty civil society representatives, researchers and academics gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe for a two-day regional workshop on "The Interface Between Trade and Regional Partnership Agreements - Cotonou, AGOA, WTO and NEPAD". The workshop was organised by the Consumer...
7 November 2002
For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD's web calendar at: http://ictsd.iisd.org/cal/index.htm. . If you would like to submit an event, please email events@ictsd.ch ...
7 November 2002
CHINA AND ASEAN TO WORK ON WORLD'S LARGEST FTA On 4 November, at the conclusion of last week's ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, members of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China signed a framework agreement to begin negotiations next year that will create the...
7 November 2002
EU PROPOSAL WOULD BOOST ACCESS TO MEDICINES FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; PROTECT MANUFACTURES The EU Commission on 29 October adopted a proposal to help boost developing countries' access to critical medicines by providing them at largely reduced prices. The program would allow producers to...