WTO Top Spot: Four Candidates Ready for Action

Volume
2,
Number
43
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9 November 1998
9 November 1998
WTO members will try to reach consensus within the next few weeks on one of four candidates vying to replace outgoing WTO Director-General Renato Ruggiero. New Zealand's Mike Moore, Morocco's trade ambassador Hassan Abouyoub, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Supachai Panitchpakdi and Canadian...
9 November 1998
The French withdrawal last month from Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) talks at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have left negotiators and MAI opponents trying to figure out what is next for the embattled global investment agreement, talks for which have...
9 November 1998
The Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change began meeting November 2 in Buenos Aires. Delegates last week began discussions on implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, with the main focus on the use of flexible mechanisms in meeting emissions reduction...
9 November 1998
On 2 November the WTO Committee on Trade and Development (CTD), chaired by Ambassador Chowdhury (Bangladesh), held its 22nd session in Geneva. The new concept of so-called small economies was discussed in the context of a joint paper submitted by Barbados, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mauritius, Sri Lanka,...
9 November 1998
A U.S. Federal Court last week struck down a Massachusetts state law which imposes sanctions on firms doing business with Burma (Myanmar). The court found the law unconstitutional because it intrudes on the federal government's exclusive authority to conduct foreign affairs. The Massachusetts law...
9 November 1998
A report published in the journal SCIENCE this month finds that shrimp and salmon farming does not help protect the world's fish supply, refuting earlier scientific claims that fish farming, also known as aquaculture, provided an ecologically-sound alternative to ocean-fishing. In its report, "...
9 November 1998
Foreign ministers for the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) met with EU trade officials in Luxembourg late last month to revive talks for an EU-GCC free trade agreement. The EU is the GCC's largest trade partner: the Gulf states are the fifth-largest export market for EU products, while GCC states...
9 November 1998
In a high-powered love triangle, the EU and US are rival suitors in the courtship of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR). As a trade partner, MERCOSUR demands attention: the grouping of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay boasts a population of 200 million and annual economic output of...
9 November 1998
At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights on 17 September 1998, the Chair, Ambassador Major (Hungary), called the attention to the upcoming 1999 review of Article 27:3 (b) of the TRIPs Agreement, saying that the next meeting of the Council scheduled for...
9 November 1998
A report released this month finds that developing countries have exceeded industrialised nations in the use of anti-dumping measures. "The International Use of Anti-dumping 1987-1997" (published this month in the JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE), finds that developing countries, collectively, have launched...
9 November 1998
• EVENTS WTO MEETINGS 10-12 November 1998: Informal Meetings of the Heads of Delegations. The four candidates for the position of WTO Director General, namely Roy Maclaren (Canada), Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand), Mike Moore (New Zealand) and Hassan Abouyoub (Morocco), will introduce themselves...
9 November 1998
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) is looking for a full time Program Officer for a position with its Sustainable Commerce Program in its Washington D.C. office. The program officer position will concentrate on two areas within the Sustainable Commerce Program: (1) The North American Agreement on...