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WTO: a breakthrough for food security

WTO: a breakthrough for food security

India prevails against USA at Bali Ministerial Conference – a watershed moment in international trade. Yet the road to fair rules in global agriculture remains long. A commentary by Isolda Agazzi. ...>>

The globalization of production: double-edged sword for poor countries

The globalization of production: double-edged sword for poor countries

Today, no product is any longer produced from start to finish in a single country, components often come from all directions. How can the least developed countries be helped not to lose out in global production chains? ...>>

Who monitors the China Agreement?

Who monitors the China Agreement?

In its winter session the Swiss National Council will discuss the Free Trade Agreement negotiated between Switzerland and China this summer. Human rights have not been taken into account in the entire agreement. The FTA does refer to a supplementary agreement on labour and employment issues, for which only a dialogue-based consultation process is envisaged. Yet it is unclear how the Government intends to ensure that the dialogue will not be mere polite chitchat. ...>>

WTO: food security versus trade facilitation

WTO: food security versus trade facilitation

Saving the multilateral trade system and what remains of the Doha Development Round – such is the task that the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has set itself for its meeting from 3-6 December 2013 in Bali. But opinions diverge widely on how to achieve this. ...>>

Public-private trade partnership: sustainability for the mass market

On 1 May 2013 the Swiss Government approved a four-year credit line worth over CHF 30 million for the strategic partnership between the State Secretariat for the Economy (Seco) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), a Dutch foundation. IDH wants to lend a helping hand to big corporations such as Nestlé, Adidas, Ikea, Cargill and Unilever, amongst others, in switching to raw materials produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner. ...>>

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