WTO Transparency Discussions - Update

Volume
2,
Number
38
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5 October 1998
5 October 1998
ICTSD last week sent an update message to over 350 non-governmental organisations and others interested in the transparency issue. This message provides an update on the evolution of talks on transparency in the WTO, the text of the Canadian September 18 position paper on transparency and...
5 October 1998
On 1 October, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) met in an informal session to schedule its work on the review of dispute settlement rules and procedures. The review, mandated by a decision adopted in 1994 as part of the outcome of the Uruguay Round, is due to be completed within the next few months...
5 October 1998
Negotiations for a new Lome Convention between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries began in Brussels last week. Lome V is the successor trade and aid agreement to the current Lome IV Convention between the EU and ACP nations, which will expire in the year 2000. The EU is...
5 October 1998
France last month announced a suspension on the distribution of genetically modified corn seed. The suspension will remain in place while the French council of state evaluates a request from the environmental organisation Greenpeace calling for the removal of genetically modified seeds from the...
5 October 1998
Transparency International (TI), an anti-corruption watchdog, released last week its annual corruption perceptions index, which ranks countries by their perceived level of corruption. Many TI members as well as TI staff criticised the index for its misleading one-sided context: while the survey...
5 October 1998
India made a strong plea for a "more benign and equitable international economic order," at the U.N. General Assembly late last month. Jaswant Singh, an Indian economic official, called for an enhanced role for developing nations in international debate on post-economic-crisis globalisation. "The...
5 October 1998
Logging is slowing in the South Pacific islands, as recession-hit Asian logging companies slow down operations in the region and their customers scale back purchases. This has been a blessing in disguise for the environment, especially in places like Papua New Guinea and the Solomon islands, where...
5 October 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings: Working Group on Transparency in Government Procurement (WTO/AIR/908), 8-9 October 1998. For information, contact: Lucie Giraud, WTO, tel: (41) 22 739 5075. General Council Meeting, 14 October 1998. For information, contact: Lucie Giraud as above. General Council Special...