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SUNS # 8646 Wednesday 21 March 2018
 
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Trade : Ministers concerned over unilateral trade measures, AB impasse (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, New Delhi)
Many trade ministers expressed grave concern at an informal trade ministerial summit on Tuesday (20 March) over escalating unilateral trade measures that could push the multilateral trading system into a downward spiral, several trade ministers told SUNS.

Trade : Many oppose changes to DSU, pluri negotiations at WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, New Delhi)
The ministerial meeting hosted here by India saw strong opposition from many members against any changes to the current system of dispute settlement at the WTO, where rulings by the Appellate Body are final and binding.

Trade : "Might is right should not become rule in global trade," says India PM (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, New Delhi)
India's prime minister Narendra Modi, expressing sharp concern over the continued threats posed to the effective functioning of the Dispute Settlement Body and the negotiating pillar of the World Trade Organization, cautioned on Monday that "might is right should not become the rule in global trade".

Trade : Indonesia won't participate in any plurilateral, says Minister Lukita (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, New Delhi)
Indonesia's trade minister, Mr Enggartiasto Lukita, on Tuesday (20 March) said categorically that his country will not participate in any plurilateral initiatives being launched by a group of countries on electronic commerce, investment facilitation, and disciplines for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Trade : Many fiercely oppose changes to DSU, says South Africa's Rob Davies (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, New Delhi)
South Africa's trade minister Rob Davies said Tuesday (20 March) that many countries fiercely opposed any departure from the current system of judicial rulings issued by the Appellate Body to "negotiated outcomes" as suggested by some members at the World Trade Organization.

Latin America : Indigenous people fight new plunder of their resources (PRIV)
(IPS, Isla de Assuncao)
Indigenous communities in Latin America, who have suffered the plunder of their natural resources since colonial times, are reliving that phenomenon again as mega infrastructure is jeopardising their habitat and their very survival.

Central America : Deported Salvadorans in times of Trump (PRIV)
(IPS, San Salvador)
Carrying a red plastic bag containing an old pair of shoes and a few other belongings, David Antonio Perez arrives in El Salvador, deported from the United States.


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