Holiday Break

Volume
2,
Number
49
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21 December 1998
21 December 1998
BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest will be taking a break over the Christmas and new year period, to coincide with the slower schedule of international trade and sustainable development-related meetings and news at this time of year. The next issue of BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest will mark the...
21 December 1998
Last week proved perhaps the most complicated week yet in the banana dispute between the EU and U.S. It seemed early last week that the EU would extend an olive branch to the U.S. and call for a speedy review of its proposed banana import regime to the U.S. - in an effort to settle the two sides'...
21 December 1998
The WTO Special Session of General Council last week convened again in an informal intersessional meeting as part of the first phase of lead-up to the Third Ministerial, scheduled for November-December 1999 in the U.S. The topic of this third, informal session were the Recommendations on the follow...
21 December 1998
The French Council of State December 11 said it could not rule in the case brought by the environmental organisation Greenpeace and farm groups against the French government's February 1998 decision to allow Novartis' Bt maize to be grown on approximately 30,000 hectares in France, referring the...
21 December 1998
Southeast Asian leaders last week met in Hanoi for the sixth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, where they adopted a "Statement of Bold Measures" designed to foster investor confidence and speed economic recovery in beleaguered ASEAN countries. ASEAN members agreed to an...
21 December 1998
Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S. Richard Bernal last week called for flexibility in negotiating the hemispheric Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which would link 34 economies from the Yukon to Patagonia by 2005. Mr. Bernal chairs the FTAA negotiating committee on small economies designed to...
21 December 1998
The WTO last week conducted the obligatory "Trade Policy Review" of Canada. While Members found that Canada is a generally open economy, they noted that Canada has work to do with respect to market access for developing countries. WTO members noted that Canada still has in place significant tariff...
21 December 1998
Canada said it would continue to push for greater civil society participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in 1999, despite rejection of a proposal for broader public participation at the APEC summit last month. Writing in the FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW this month, Canada...
21 December 1998
A report by the wildlife-trade monitoring programme of the WWF/IUCN found that illegal trade in endangered wildlife remains high in former Soviet states since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. A number of threatened species such as snow leopard and Tien Shan brown bear and wild sheep are poached...
21 December 1998
WTO negotiators last week again failed to meet a self-imposed deadline December 11 for reaching agreement on tariff cuts for information technology products, in a deal that would broaden the 1997 WTO Information Technology Agreement. Talks began in February 1998 and were to be concluded by June...
21 December 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings 20-21 January 1999: Trade Policy Review Body (Argentina). For information, contact Lucie Giraud, WTO, tel: (41-22) 739 50 75. 25 January 1999: Dispute Settlement Body meeting. For information, contact Nuch Nazeer, WTO, tel: (41-22) 739 53 93. 25 January 1999: Committee on...