World Bank boss rounds on US, calling Doha Round a “disappointment”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Robert Zoellick, head of the World Bank, blamed US President Barack Obama for what he called the failure of the US to take a leadership role in seeing that the Doha Round of trade negotiations succeeds. Zoellick, in a prepared speech Monday 18 July, said “I won’t sugarcoat it.  Negotiators from key […]

Doha Round faces new old gloom as Boeing decision awaited

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A long-awaited decision about US subsidies for Boeing is expected at the WTO (World Trade Organization) in Geneva Thursday 31 March. Depending on who you ask, it will either go badly against the company and the US, which in June 2010 was accused at the WTO of providing up to $20 […]

Swiss gov’t lays out 2011 agenda


Federal Council will consult on plan for how big banks can fail, negotiate withholding tax on foreigners’ accounts Measles, tougher penal sentences, electricity suppliers, corporate tax rates all on the 2011 schedule Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss Government, fresh from the defeat of its counter-initiative in the vote on foreign convicts 28 November, has […]

New US trade man calls on India, China, Brazil to take leading roles


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – “We’re not negotiating with a gun to anyone’s head – that’s not the way the WTO works,” says Michael Punke, the new US ambassador to the World Trade Organization. “What we’re hoping is they will step up and take up their leadership role,” he says, referring to India, China and Brazil. […]

Geneva prepares for World Trade invasion

Geneva traffic during the WTO Conference: parking, road, postal restrictions starting Saturday

New Delhi meeting breathes new life into Doha Round process

A tall order for WTO negotiators

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Doha Round talks resumed on the technical level  in earnest at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva 14 September after a commitment to conclude the Round by 2010 from ministers from 35 countries meeting in New Delhi, India 3 and 4 September. The Doha Round of trade talks collapsed […]