December 3, 1993 |
The chief American and European Community trade negotiators said Thursday that they had agreed on a formula to resolve a crucial dispute over farm products long viewed as the biggest obstacle to a global trade pact. The agreement appears to be the most encouraging step yet taken toward meeting the Dec. 15 deadline for developing new rules that could lead to a surge in worldwide commerce. At a news conference featuring lavish praise and thinly controlled elation, U.S.
July 26, 1990 |
Time is too short for a "fully settled" package covering global trading rules to be agreed upon by this December's deadline in the troubled Uruguay Round trade liberalization talks, the head of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade said today. Arthur Dunkel, GATT's director general, blamed both a lack of new instructions from governments to their trade negotiators and "hide-and-seek" tactics for the meager progress made in outstanding Uruguay Round issues.
January 25, 1996
U.S. to Take Japan Case to WTO: Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said Japan's unwillingness to protect U.S. sound recordings produced before 1971 is a breach of the 1993 Uruguay Round trade accord. "We're deeply concerned that Japan has not implemented regulations or laws that would satisfy their obligations under the Uruguay Round," Kantor said. "We have asked Japan to do so, they have failed."
December 21, 1992 |
Tokyo Pushes Uruguay Round: Japan is willing to further open its markets--including the contentious financial services sector--in an 11th-hour bid "to accelerate the process" toward a settlement of the Uruguay Round world trade negotiations, a Japanese government official in Geneva said last week.
December 19, 1994 |
GATT Ratified Amid Protests: The Senate ratified the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, handing another victory to President Fidel Ramos in his quest to open up the economy. Ending months of acrimonious debate, the 23-member body approved the accord as about 2,000 people staged protests outside the Senate building in Manila. Opponents warned that farmers and industries are not yet ready to meet the heightened competition coming from a flood of imports.
December 19, 1992 |
Bush, Major Call for Global Trade Pact by Mid-January: President Bush and British Prime Minister John Major said they want a mid-January conclusion to the 6-year-old Uruguay Round of world trade negotiations. GATT chief Arthur Dunkel said the negotiations have been moving forward, while the European Community's top trade negotiator, Hugo Paeman, said Brussels believes that the talks could be completed "in the first weeks of next year" with "a global and balanced outcome."