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Doha – the “non-Development” Round

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email Trade ministers from around the world met at the World Trade Organization’s Eighth (8th) Ministerial Conference in Geneva (December 15th – 17th, 2011).  They left the meeting with no clear path toward concluding the Doha Development Round, launched in November, 2001 and with very little expectation of doing so in the near to immediate future.  Although they are unlikely to take the bold step of labeling the Round...

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Regional Integration Corner

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 | 1 comment

Follow Email The World Trade Organization (WTO) estimates that, as of January 15, 2012, it has been notified of the existence of approximately 511 Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), 319 of which are in force. A number of these agreements have been formed among the developing and emerging countries, which view regionalization as a tool with which to more effectively engage in the world economy in today’s trading environment. Traditionally,...

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Another Look Behind the Label

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email An earlier post discussed the reality behind the proliferation of “Made in China” (or other countries) labels on the goods that we purchase. The product of outsourcing of the manufacturing processes, these labels can nevertheless hide the origin of other often more valuable inputs, such as the design and brand of the product. The post challenged readers to “look behind the label to better understand the real threats to...

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“One-Percenters” in the Developing World

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email Today’s (Friday, January 13th, 2012) Foreign Policy Brief contains a slideshow that aims to show a side of life in Haiti that is rarely, if ever, depicted in the media. It shows a glimpse into the lives of Haiti’s “one-percent”. As the country marks the second anniversary of a devastating earthquake, while retaining the title of “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere”, these pictures are a good reminder of...

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“Made in the World”: What’s Behind the Label?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email The labels on our purchased items that purport to tell us where the products were made are often misleading. They are the result of labeling laws that ignore today’s reality of global supply chains. This is why I find the series on ABC News which challenges its viewers to reject products simply because they do not carry a “Made in America” label so misleading and rather disturbing; it focuses people’s attentions on the...

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