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November 11, 2001

A U.S. trade official acknowledged yesterday (Nov. 10) that cleared industry advisors who did not travel to Doha for the World Trade Organization's fourth ministerial meeting have not had as much access to information as U.S. officials had hoped.

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Some observers believe that Japan gave the U.S. a delicately worded signal that it could eventually live with the existing draft declaration in a Nov. 7 letter from Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to President George Bush. In that letter, Koizumi says he hopes Japan and the U.S. can cooperate on agriculture at the ministerial and points out that Japan is already playing a constructive role. But the letter also emphasized that antidumping and subsidies negotiations were an “essential” element of future WTO negotiations (Inside U.S. Trade, Nov. 9, p.1).

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November 10, 2001

Trade officials from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries today (Nov. 10) signaled a willingness to consider compromising in the contentious debate surrounding international patent protection rules and public health measures.

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DOHA -- A U.S. official today (Nov. 10) predicted that once they join the World Trade Organization, China and Taiwan would rely on bilateral negotiations to settle trade disputes with each other, as opposed to formal WTO dispute settlement procedures.

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DOHA -- The General Council of the World Trade Organization today (Nov. 10) formally adopted an agreement on China's terms of accession to the 142-member group.

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DOHA -- A senior Canadian trade official today (Nov. 10) pointed to a possible compromise in a divisive debate on public health and intellectual property, saying that an exception from intellectual property rules to deal with health crises, rather than the broader exception for public health sought by developing countries, might be acceptable.

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DOHA -- World Trade Organization members in their first full day of meetings at the fourth ministerial conference in Qatar had yet to settle the controversial demand that industrialized countries implement their trade obligations in a way that benefits developing countries more.

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The ministerial meeting today (Nov. 10) formally began the process of trying to whittle down differences among members of the World Trade Organization on the six most contentious problems awaiting decisions. For each problem, the WTO has appointed a member's trade minister to help facilitate a compromise through informal consultations.

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DOHA-Senior U.S. trade officials have signaled that the U.S. is unwilling to boost growth rates for quotas on textile imports as provided in a draft decision on developing countries' demands for better implementation of trade agreements. The U.S. will not make such concessions as long as it faces barriers to its own textile exports in developing countries such as India, they said.

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DOHA--Brazil has criticized the pending draft declaration on future negotiations of the World Trade Organization as falling short in two key aspects sensitive for the European Union and the United States.

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DOHA-Senior Brazilian officials this week accused the U.S. of putting commercial interests over public health measures in a fight about the relationship of public health measures and international patent rules in the World Trade Organization.

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November 09, 2001

DOHA-The draft declaration laying out new negotiations in the World Trade Organization must strike a balance between ensuring sufficient breadth while deferring the launch of talks in areas which still require more study, according to a senior U.S. trade official.

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_title: MOORE DEFENDS DRAFT DECLARATION FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRY CRITICISM

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