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August 28, 2003

The Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights late tonight (August 28) Geneva time endorsed an August 27 chairman statement along with a December 2002 declaration giving developing countries with no or insufficient manufacturing capacity access to generic copies of patented drugs.

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August 27, 2003

GENEVA -- The U.S. and four other key players in the World Trade Organization are looking at a new statement drafted by the chairman of the Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights yesterday (Aug. 26) meant to provide additional assurances that a system of providing cheap drugs to poor developing countries will not be abused for commercial gains.

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GENEVA--Members of the World Trade Organization today (Aug. 27) moved closer to a deal giving certain developing countries access to cheaper copies of patented drugs under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights when the larger membership implicitly accepted a document the U.S. considers critical to reaching agreement.

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August 26, 2003

GENEVA -- Members of the World Trade Organization are examining a new draft statement floated by the chairman of the Council on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights that may bring them closer to a possible deal giving certain developing countries better access to cheaper drugs.

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August 25, 2003

Heads of Geneva delegations are meeting today (August 25) to discuss the latest version of a Cancun declaration prepared by General Council chairman Carlos Perez del Castillo this weekend that includes annexes covering such disputed areas as agriculture and industrial market access negotiations.

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August 22, 2003

August 21, 2003

The chairman of the World Trade Organization's General Council yesterday (Aug. 21) said he needed more time and would be unable to complete a second draft declaration for the Cancun ministerial as scheduled by tomorrow.

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August 20, 2003

Brazil, India and China today presented their own version of a framework for agricultural negotiations in the World Trade Organization as a counterproposal to one championed by the U.S. and European Union last week.

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August 15, 2003

World Trade Organization members today began wreslting with how to move forward procedurally on agriculture negotiations following the agreement between the U.S. and European Union this week on a framework for future talks.

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August 13, 2003

A framework for agricultural negotiations in the World Trade Organization developed by the United States and the European Union for discussion in Geneva today (August 13) foresees the partial elimination of export subsidies, and would give the U.S. use of the "blue box" for domestic subsidies considered less trade-distorting.

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August 12, 2003

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier today refused to predict whether U.S. and European Union negotiators would meet their goal of coming forward tomorrow (Aug. 13) with a joint compromise paper on how to proceed in the Doha agriculture negotiations.

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August 11, 2003

The U.S. today appealed an adverse World Trade Organization panel decision against the Section 201 steel safeguard launched by the U.S. in March 2002, a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

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World Trade Organization members expect a compromise agriculture paper from the U.S. and European Union to be circulated to other WTO members in time for a heads-of-delegation meeting Wednesday evening (Aug. 13), delegation sources said today.

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August 06, 2003

James Jochum was sworn into office yesterday (August 5) as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Meanwhile, Josette Shiner was sworn into office today (August 6) as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

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August 01, 2003

The Senate passed implementing bills for the Singapore and Chile free-trade agreements (wto2003_5212) with the United States last night (July 31) on a strong Republican vote, with roughly half of the Democratic caucus supporting the deals.

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July 30, 2003

July 29, 2003

The Senate this morning (July 29) reached an agreement to debate the Chile and Singapore free-trade agreements for seven hours, with debate starting as early as this afternoon.

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