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Trade-offs in economic policy choices
The Nation, 28 December, 2011

The mad pursuit on part of Pakistan for pushing too strongly on free-market policies needs to take a back seat, at least for the time being. More...

Brazil beams with pride over sixth-place economic ranking
Jakarta Globe, 28 December 2011

Brazil beamed with pride on news that it has powered past Britain to become the world's sixth biggest economy but officials say it will take another 20 years before the country can match the Europeans' standard of living. More...

Economic growth has made the developing world less dependent on aid
The Guardian, 27 December, 2011

A new generation of leaders, business friendly policies, technology, the spread of peace, and strong demand for natural resources have helped Africa to withstand the global downturn. More...

India not to sign legally binding pacts on emission cuts: Govt
The Economic Times, 27 December, 2011

India will not sign any legally binding global agreement for emissions reduction, as the country needs to eradicate poverty through economic growth, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said. More...

Pascal Lamy announces study on trade situation as ministers pledge commitment to multilateralism
WTO News, 15 December, 2011

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the opening session of the Geneva Ministerial Conference on 15 December 2011 that he will convene a "panel of multi-stakeholders of the WTO" for a year-long study of present and future trade. More...

Trade can play a role in addressing climate change
WTO News, 05 December, 2011

The WTO is participating in the Durban Climate Change Conference taking place from 28 November to 9 December 2011. One of the topics being discussed at the conference is how trade intersects with climate change in various ways and how it can help mitigate and adapt to climate change by increasing trade opening for "climate-friendly" goods and facilitating access to key mitigation and adaptation technologies. More...






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