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SUNS # 8594 Tuesday 12 December 2017

Trade : Argentine ban, deport of NGOs continues to roil MC11   (Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO (MC11) got underway Sunday in Buenos Aires, after the inaugural opening, preceded by several press briefings and conferences, including a joint one by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo and Conference chair, Ms. Susana Malcorra.

Trade : DG promised open-ended meets, but "Green Rooms" galore at MC11   (D. Ravi Kanth, Buenos Aires) (PRIV)
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Contrary to repeated promises of open-ended meetings and no closed-door green room sessions with select countries at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference (MC11), the facilitator for agriculture, Ms Amina Mohamed, has convened a green room meeting to discuss domestic support and the permanent solution for public stockholding programs for food security, a source told SUNS.

Trade : India for strong outcome on permanent solution on PSH programs   (D. Ravi Kanth, Buenos Aires) (PRIV)
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India's trade minister Suresh Prabhu has called for a strong outcome on the permanent solution for public stockholding (PSH) programs for food security at Buenos Aires and said this is a priority issue and a must-have for his government.

Trade : India won't accept shifting priority from DDA to non-trade issues   (D. Ravi Kanth, Buenos Aires) (PRIV)
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India's commerce minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday delivered a strong message that his government will not accept shifting priority from the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) issues to non-trade issues such as investment facilitation and new disciplines for micro, small, and medium enterprises at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires.

Trade : South Africa for "multilateralism with inclusive development"   (D. Ravi Kanth, Buenos Aires) (PRIV)
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South Africa's trade minister Rob Davies has issued a strong call for ensuring "multilateralism with inclusive development" so as to address the global "discontents" in the world.

Trade : G33 call for strong outcome on PSH and SSM   (D. Ravi Kanth, Buenos Aires) (PRIV)
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The G-33 coalition of developing countries led by Indonesia on Saturday (9 December) called for strong outcomes on the permanent solution for public stockholding programs for food security and the special safeguard mechanism (SSM).

Rights : No one country can do it alone - towards a migration compact   (IPS, New York) (PRIV)
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International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.

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