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FFD more relevant to developing countries' trade than the Doha Trade Round, says COC (November 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 8, 2008

FFD more relevant to developing countries' trade than the Doha Trade Round, says COC (November 2008)

Speaking at the Roundtable 3, on Trade, of the Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development, Center of Concern staff, Aldo Caliari, spoke about the imperative need for the Financing for Development Process to address real problems that developing countries face in engaging in the trade system, problems that are not even on the agenda of the Doha Trade Round.

Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development (Roundtable 3, Trade) 

Statement by Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern 

Interpreting outcome of WTO talks no easy task for FFD negotiations (October 2008)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 29, 2008

Interpreting outcome of WTO talks no easy task for FFD negotiations (October 2008)

This article reports on negotiations leading to the Doha Financing for Development Review on the trade chapter, where deep divisions among country blocks on how the Doha FFD Review should interpret the record of the WTO round of trade negotiations -- that came to a halt earlier in 2008-- came to the fore.
Poor Not Benefitting from World Bank Trade Policies

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 23, 2006

Poor Not Benefitting from World Bank Trade Policies

A report from the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group confirms that trade liberalization has indeed failed to benefit the poor, in large measure because liberalization advocates did not "fully take the external environment into account sufficiently, and thus did not distinguish the impact of external trade policies and shocks on trade outcomes for different groups of developing countries.
Letter to World Bank President regarding World Bank's interference in trade negotiations (September 2004)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Sep 28, 2004

Letter to World Bank President regarding World Bank's interference in trade negotiations (September 2004)

The Center of Concern organized an effort to write to the World Bank President, Mr. James Wolfensohn, to denounce the World Bank's weighin on one side of ongoing WTO trade negotiations. As negotiations to achieve a framework agreement at the WTO were going on, a World Bank official criticized an element of a proposal by the European Union that would have exempted poor countries from having to make substantial tariff cuts. "We do not believe that it is appropriate for an institution like the Bank to formulate an assessment of a country’s trade negotiating offer, as it has happened in this case, no matter its substance." , the organizations said in the letter.

 

Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Sep 8, 2003

Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

The purpose of this document is to briefly address some of the issues involved in the pursuit of coherence by financial and trade institutions and serve as a resource for NGOs doing advocacy around the WTO Cancun Ministerial. It takes as a point of departure representative of the official ""coherence"" agenda a WTO Secretariat document issued on April 2003 called Coherence in Global Economic Policymaking and Cooperation between the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank (WT/TF/COH/S/7) (hereinafter referred as ""WTO Sec."").