April 2012

World Trade Organization – Lamy: The Enhanced Integrated Framework is “delivering” for least-developed countries / DDG Jara urges developing further trade statistics on global value chains

WTO News, 23 April 2012
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) High Level Breakfast Meeting in Doha, Qatar on 23 April 2012, said that the EIF is about “placing trade as an engine of growth, poverty reduction and employment” in least-developed countries. He said that without pre-judging the mid-term review later this year, his impression was that “the EIF is delivering and is good value for money”.

Pascal Lamy: Trade improves the lives of people

WTO News, 17 April 2012
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Minnesota Economic Club in Minneapolis, United States on 17 April 2012, said that “trade improves the lives of most people around the world”. He added that singer Bob Dylan’s
words “the times they are a changing” still ring true today in world trade.

Developing members confirm commitment to open market for poorest countries

WTO News, 16 April 2012
Four WTO members reported their commitment to opening their markets for products from least-developed countries at a meeting on 16 April 2012, reflecting increased efforts by the developing economies to improve market access conditions for exports from the poorest countries.

Silencing the message or the messenger …. or both?

Geneva, 11 April 2012