Making international trade work for the world’s poorest

Jim Yong Kim and Roberto Azevêdo Thanks to – The Guardian Snapshot While trade can lift economic growth, the poor do not automatically benefit from new trade opportunities. Many people such as women, rural poor, workers in informal sector and poor in conflict-afflicted areas, simply face too many obstacles to benefit from increased trade. WTO and…

What is the future of the WTO?

Peter Draper World Economic Forum blog, 15 Sep, 2015   That the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been in the grip of a systemic crisis since 2008 is well known. Notwithstanding relatively minor successes at the Bali Ministerial in December 2013, the WTO’s negotiating function remains effectively stalled. The Nairobi Ministerial, set to take place…

New Farm Trade Proposals Reveal WTO Divide over Nairobi Ministerial

Bridges, ICTSD 26 November, 2015 A slate of new agriculture proposals has revealed that WTO members have significantly different priorities for the organisation’s ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, which is scheduled to begin in just under three weeks. The G-33 group of developing countries, including Indonesia, China, and India, have submitted draft decisions on a…

BRICS, WTO Members Should ‘Multilateralize’ TTIP, TPP – Ex-EC Official

Anastasia Levchenko 1 October,  2015, Sputnik   The United States has been leading the charge to establish free trade blocs with Europe via the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Pacific Rim nations via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The global transparency organization WikiLeaks contends that TTIP will create a global economic bloc to rival the BRICS group, an…

Challenges of Tomorrow: What the Future Holds for the WTO

Thanks to – Calie Hill, Diplomatic Courier (Well, this article was published in 2013, but it still holds. That itself shows the nature of challenges to WTO). Snapshot WTO played important role in shoving off the threat of protectionism immediately after 2008 economic recession. The economic expansion of large developing countries has created a new set of…

India says won’t accept attempts to introduce differentiation

Livemint, 22 January, 2015 D. Ravikanth India says it will not accept any attempts by rich nations to introduce “differentiation” among developing countries as a “gateway” issue for attempts to conclude the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations this year. The Indian position was stated by its Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Anjali…

India may not secure food security deal at WTO Nairobi meet

livemint, 30 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Snapshot The G-33 farm coalition demands two deliverables at the Nairobi ministerial. Accordingly, G-33 submitted two proposals in prep meetings of WTO. The first proposal for amending the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture by inserting a new article for the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for agricultural commodities, to protect poor farmers from sudden…