The final draft of a new WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies was submitted to trade ministers late on Wednesday (24 November), as officials in Geneva made their final push towards what would be the organisation’s first major multilateral agreement in more than 20 years.
WTO fisheries subsidies agreement: stars aligning, but success not guaranteed
The World Trade Organization’s twelfth ministerial meeting at the end of November represents the institution’s big chance to secure a deal to limit subsidies to the fisheries sector, after 20 years of trying. But success is still by no means guaranteed.
WTO ministerial delivers political impetus on fish subsidies – but divisions persist
Trade ministers from more than 100 WTO member countries have recommitted to negotiating a multilateral deal to curb fisheries subsidies this year. But at a virtual ministerial meeting dedicated to the topic on Thursday (15 June), it became clear that divisions over the issue remain substantial – and it remains …
Consensus still elusive as new WTO fish subsidies text circulated
Hopes for a significant breakthrough on rules to control fisheries subsidies at the upcoming ministerial meeting on 15 July appear to have receded, as wide gaps between the positions of the 164 delegations on a number of key points show little sign of narrowing. A revised draft text on the …
WTO Corner: The big push to produce ‘deliverables’ for MC12
It’s been a very intense week at the WTO with plenty of discussions and negotiations taking place in critical topic areas for the institution. There is no breakthrough anywhere yet. Here is an attempt at a little state of play of where some of the most important discussions are: fisheries, …
WTO Corner: Fish subsidies move to end game, IP waiver negotiations now weekly
Chris Horseman and Robert Francis on the latest developments in the two critical negotiations at the WTO on fisheries subsidies and on intellectual property. Plans for revised compromise text as WTO fish talks enter end-game A fresh revised text of the planned WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies is expected to …
WTO Corner: Green trade, fish, IP waiver, G7, Australian barley
It’s busy in Geneva these days. An overview of some of the latest developments by Robert Francis and Iana Dreyer.
WTO Corner: US ‘forced labour in fish deal’ surprise, e-commerce, Ottawa group on health
An overview of notable recent developments at the World Trade Organization focusing on fish subsidy talks, e-commerce negotiations and trade and health.
WTO talks on fish subsidies move to ‘final sprint’
A fresh bid has been made to break the 20-year-long deadlock in World Trade Organization negotiations on fisheries subsidies, as negotiators begin their final run-in to a key ministerial meeting in July.
WTO to convene July ministerial amid hopeful signs in fish subsidy talks
The World Trade Organization is to convene a ministerial meeting before the end of July aimed at pushing negotiations on curbs on fisheries subsidies over the finishing line, following encouraging progress in recent talks in Geneva.