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Welcome to the WTO Ministerial Four Information Page (WTOMC4)

Re-published to the Web: Wednesday 8 January 2003 @ 3.25pm CET


Understanding World Trade
  • TOWARDS A WORLD TRANSNATIONALS' ORGANISATION?
  • FIXING OR NIXING THE WTO?
  • LIBERALISATION? DON'T REJECT IT JUST YET
  • TRADE POLICY -- WHO DUZZIT?
  • FIGHTING FREE TRADE LAWS
  • FREE TRADE IS THE BEST WAY FOR THE WORLD's POOR
  • GATS IS NO SERVICE TO ANYONE
  • WTO PLANS TO REPLACE DEMOCRACY
  • TURN THE SCREW
  • WTO AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
  • GREG PALAST INT'L INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER on IMF/WB
  • TRADE, DEVELOPMENT & MONSTROUS MARKETS [Posted :June 20 2002]
  • WTOIL#337 Editorial [Posted :January 16, 2003]
  • WTOIL#342 Editorial [Posted :January 23, 2003]
  • US DOLLAR HEGEMONY MUST GO [Posted :January 23, 2003]
  • MODERN ECONOMICS'ANTI-BUSINESS MISSILE [Posted :May 12, 2003]

  • Latest News

    Updated: 1 April'03

  • Read the February 2003 Joint NGO Statement on "No New Issues" here.
  • Read the overview of the Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy's Fair Trade Symposium at Fifth WTO Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico, here
  • Read the March 2003 NGO Statement on "Water for All"(French) here.
  • Read EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy's response to "No New Issues" statement here.
  • The Case of Agriculture

  • TRADE: AGRICULTURE HIGHLIGHTS CONFLICTING INTERESTS AT WTO
  • THE DISAGREEMENT ON AGRICULTURE
  • CROCODILE TEARS: HOW TRIPS SERVES WEST's MONOPOLY
  • U.S. FOOD AID IS DUMPING COMMODITIES
  • WTO PROPELS CHINESE REFORMS IN AGRICULTURE AND WORLD TRADE
  • FTAA AGREEMENT HIDES DIVISIONS ON AGRICULTURE, TRADE REMEDIES
  • WTOIL#332 Editorial
  • [Posted: Jan.9 2003]
  • "EXCELLENT IN-DEPTH COVERAGE ON GM CROPS" BY NGIN, UK
  • [Posted: Jan.21 2003 @ 1.08pm CET]

    Latest News

    Updated: 4 Feb'03 @ 5.51pm CET

  • Click here to read ICDA's Special WTOIL (n#341) on Genetically-modified food

  • Bjorn Lomborg is discredited, whilst Nestlé drops $6 million debt for Ethiopia.
  • Latest Info Posted: January 17 @ 12.53pm CET
  • Banana Link reacts to the news that bananas may die by 2013 in a press release of Thursday 17 January. For more, please read here:to ICDA's Regional Trade Latest News Page.
  • Agriculture [Posted November 2001]
    Information culled from New Zealand's SCOOP Website

    SCOOP has for some time now been one of ICDA's main conduits of information from Down Under. Considering incumbent WTO DG, Mike Moore, is a New Zealander, it can only be useful to see what his country is saying about the work he's doing! Please find below the latest culled from the SCOOP Website:
  • Farmer Jim (Sutton) In Bed With Global Agribusiness
  • Showdown on Agriculture put off for another day
  • Tensions Over Agriculture Text Emerge At WTO
  • World Social Forum 2003
    Updated: Friday 24/1/03 @ 12.49pm CET
  • 2003 World Social Forum Sees 30,000 Delegates
  • India to Host WSF 2004
  • WTO-related
    Updated: Friday 24/1/03 @ 12.55pm CET
  • New Zealand Govt in Shambles over Agreements
  • "Free Up Trade--New Zealanders Will Love It!" Claims Trade Liberalisation Network
  • "Former WTO-Chief Mike Moore Lands New Job
  • Environment-related, and GMOs
    Updated: Friday 24/1/03 @ 1.07pm CET
  • Mothers Take Government To High Court Over GE Cows
  • Auckland mothers should follow rules on GM too
  • Essays, & Opinion Pieces
    Updated: Friday 24/1/03 @ 1.27pm CET
  • What the World Needs Now

  • Understanding Issues Affecting LDCs
    Some of these articles have been culled from WTOILs from Feb--June 2001
  • WITHSTANDING PRESSURES FOR NEW ROUND, A Major Challenge For South
  • WESTERN EXPERTS CAUTION AFRICA AGAINST NEW EU TRADE OFFER
  • AFRICA WANTS CHANGES IN WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
  • UN CONFERENCE PLAYS SAFE, LIMITS GOALS
  • UN CONFERENCE ADOPTS ACTION PLAN TO HELP LDCs
  • FOUR REASONS WE SHOULD NOT PAY OUR DEBTS
  • DUMPING TOXIC WASTE IN AFRICA
  • REDRESS TRADE IMBALANCES -- FAWUNDU
  • RESEARCHER DECRIES IMBALANCES IN TRADE REGULATIONS
  • 2001 DEVELOPMENT REPORT PREDICTS CATASTROPHE -- LDCS
  • MEETING ON IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES REGARDING THE "EBA" INITIATIVE
  • WORLD BANK IN AFRICAN TRADE AGREEMENT
  • WTOIL#335 Editorial
  • [Posted: Jan.17 2003]

    Latest News

    Updated: 4 Feb'03 @ 4.47pm CET

  • Four LDCs Pay their UN dues, while Zambia obtains preferential access under EU's EBA initiative.
  • Ethiopia submits application to the WTO, whilst the African Union opens two-day summit in Ethiopia.
  • Information culled from various sources

    Developing Countries'Issues [Posted November 2001]


  • 'WTO neglecting poor countries'

  • Trade Minister Speaks On World Inequalities At WTO
  • Power of Free Trade Can Unshackle Africa
  • Dirty Tactics Move Into Higher Gear At Fourth WTO Ministerial: Invasion of the Six Green Men
  • What future for textiles and garments after Doha?
  • Open Up Markets, Oxfam Urges the Rich

  • Developed world accused of bully-boy tactics at WTO
  • Time for the west to put up or shut up
  • Bridging the global divide
  • World trade and third world liquidity
  • China admitted to global market
  • WTO in Doha
  • Doha, the economic frontline
  • No retreat in Doha
  • Understanding Regional Trade Issues
    These articles have been culled from WTOILs from Feb--May 2001
  • EU COMMISSIONER EYES SUMMER 2001 CHINA WTO ENTRY
  • ABOUT THE FREE TRADE AREA of the AMERICAS
  • DEMOCRACY FALTERS AS CORPORATE POWER GROWS
  • FTAA AGREEMENT HIDES DIVISIONS ON AGRICULTURE, TRADE REMEDIES
  • NAFTA-STYLE TRADE DEAL BAD FOR DEMOCRACY
  • ACP REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS MEET IN BRUSSELS
  • ACP URGED TO DEFINE REGIONAL ENTITIES WITHIN EU, WTO FRAMEWORK
  • WHERE DOES INDIA FIT ON THE WORLD STAGE?
  • STATE CONSOLIDATES STAND IN FACE OF ACP-EU AGREEMENT
  • REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS --> TO MULTILATERAL AGREEMENTS SAY EXPERTS
  • THE AGOA: ANOTHER DICTATED TRADE REGIME?
  • BLOC's MEASURES TO BOOST TRADING
  • WTOIL#333 Editorial
  • [Posted: Jan.10 2003 @ 4.30pm CET]

    Latest News

    Updated: 23 Jan'03 @ 6.22pm CET

  • Unnamed IMF-man warns Nigeria could destroy ECOWAS common currency, while Mauritius Trade Minister at AGOA conference sees US possibly as only option for development.
  • United States entertains a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the North African country of Morocco. Washington Times newspaper claims it is a clear signal that the Bush administration supports the Muslim world.

  • This page has been updated January 2003, but is still undergoing construction -- Please be patient. Thankyou.

    Last Updated: Thursday 13 February 2003 @ 1.20pm CET

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