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 […]

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

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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 seeing “resurgence of diplomatic activity,” says new US ambassador

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US Ambassador Betty E King makes Geneva press debut Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – “There is no better time to be here,” Betty E King, the new US ambassador to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva, told a group of journalists invited to the US Mission in Geneva Thursday morning, 1 April. King knows […]

US names Michael Punke ambassador to WTO (update)

Update 23:55  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Michael Punke has been named  deputy US trade representative and US ambassador and permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, the White House announced Saturday 27 March. He will move to Geneva immediately to assume the post, according to the office of Ron Kirk, the head […]

Punke nominated as US ambassador to WTO

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His ideas on trade have changed since his Washington days – he has learned a great deal about international trade by living in a state where exports are critically important.