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Ethiopia News

WTO Accession Process Eased For Poorer Countries

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

World Trade Organization members have approved proposals to streamline and facilitate the accession process for Least Developed Countries seeking membership of the global trade body. Read Full Story


G20 Goes Cold On FTT

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, June 22, 2012

French Socialist President François Hollande has failed, where his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy last year succeeded, in getting the introduction of a tax on financial transactions onto the final communiqué of the latest G20 summit meeting in Los Cabos. Read Full Story


Lamy Highlights WTO Benefits For Ethiopia

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy has encouraged Ethiopia to speed reforms towards accession to the global trade body, remarking upon the benefits membership would bring for the nation's economic development. Read Full Story


USTR Urges Extension Of AGOA's Textile Provision

by Leroy Baker,, New York

Friday, May 11, 2012

The United States Trade Representative has confirmed that the Administration is committed to boosting trade with African nations through the African Growth and Opportunity Act and, in that respect, renewal of its Third-Country Fabric provision is seen as crucial. Read Full Story


COMESA Members And EU Discuss EPAs

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A delegation of MEPs from the European Parliament has recently held a consultative meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, with the Chair of the Eastern and Southern Africa group of countries to discuss their Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the European Union. Read Full Story


The Netherlands Ups Tax Treaty Negotiations In 2012

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Underlining the government’s commitment to negotiating new tax treaties with other countries, the Dutch finance ministry has recently outlined details of its specific plans for 2012. Read Full Story


COMESA Pushes For DTAs Between Member States

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Earlier this month, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa held a three-day forum in Lusaka which attracted officials from its member states who are involved in negotiating double taxation agreements. Read Full Story


WTO To Ease LDC Accession Requirements

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries, on January 20, agreed to start work on developing recommendations to “further strengthen, streamline and operationalize” current guidelines on the accession process of LDCs, as called for in a decision by the Eighth WTO Ministerial Conference last month. Read Full Story


USTR Issues GSP, AGOA Annual Reviews

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk has announced the outcome of the 2010 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences programme, as well as the results of the annual African Growth and Opportunity Act Eligibility Review. Read Full Story


Problems Foreseen For African Tripartite FTA

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, has expressed the opinion that the planned roll out of the proposed African tripartite free trade agreement may 'hit a snag' when negotiating on trade in manufactured goods between the member countries. Read Full Story



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