The Road to Myanmar Is Inviting but Potholed

Yangon-629x472YANGON, Jan 17 2014  ) – Myanmar is flinging open the gates to foreign investment, seen as key to the southeast Asian country’s future after decades of stagnation under military rule. From Coca-Cola and Unilever to Samsung and Fujitsu, the key brands of international companies can be seen hogging billboards.   International firms seem excited by the untapped potential of a country of 60 million, described by consultants McKinsey & Company as nestled in the world’s fastest-growing region.   But there are potholes on the way, experts say. Continue reading

WTO: Stingy with the Poor, Generous with the Rich

Martin KhorMartin Khor, Executive director of South Centre, Oct  2013 (IPS) – A fight taking place in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations towards the Bali Ministerial Conference shows how the rules on agriculture allow developed countries to continue to shell out huge subsidies while penalising farmers in developing countries. Food security is one of the key issues now being negotiated at the WTO as part of its preparations for the Bali Conference in December. For developing countries, food security and the livelihood and incomes of small farmers are top priorities. Continue reading

Appel à un partenariat mondial pour un développement juste et transformatif dans la période post 2015

À l’occasion de la 68e session de l’assemblée générale des Nations unies sur le suivi des résultats du sommet du millénaire, le partenariat des OCS pour l’efficacité au développement (POED)[1] appelle à un partenariat mondial en vue de promouvoir un agenda au développement juste et transformateur pour la période post 2015. Continue reading

Keeping LDCs at centre stage an development imperative says LDC Watch

16 Sept, Kathmandu: LDC Watch policy paper, issued today explains why LDCs must be central in planning the Sustainable Development Goals, prepared for the UN General Assembly Session starting this week.  The General Debate of this 68th session is focused on setting the stage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda while there is also a Special Event scheduled on 25 September to follow up on efforts on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).ldcwatch position paper on the post2015 sustainable developm

LDC Newsletter June 2013/ Bulletin PMA Nouvelles juin 2013

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the latest newsletter from the LDC News Service. It discusses the TRIPS waiver to be debated tomorrow at the WTO and contains interviews with Ambassador Acharya, the new under Secretary General for LDCs, and with LDC Watch President Demba Dembele.
Daphne Davies and Bhagirath Yogi
Cher(es) collegues
Voici le dernier bulletin du Service de Nouvelles PMA. Il traite de l’exonération sur les ADPIC pour être débattu demain à l’OMC et contient des entretiens avec Ambassadeur Acharya, le nouveau Secrétaire général adjoint pour les PMAs, et avec LDC Watch président Demba Dembélé.
Daphne Davies et Bhagirath Yogi

‘LDCs’ actions must be supported by strong and effective international development cooperation’ Gyan Chandra Acharya

In August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed GYAN Acharya1CHANDRA ACHARYA as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. A former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Acharya also served as Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations.  He served as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries since 2009 leading to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up process. A passionate advocate of LDC rights, Acharya, 53, spoke to LDC NEWS on contemporary issues. Follows excerpts of the interview Continue reading

LDCs, TRIPS and Justice

In the run-up to the WTO decision about whether to extend the TRIPS waiver to LDCs we are printing a series of articles explaining the importance of the waiver for LDCs. The first article is by LDC International Coordinator Arjun Karki, which lays out the arguments for maintaining the waiver.

Dr Arjun Karki

Dr Arjun Karki

Civil society organisations have been working strenuously to persuade developed countries to extend the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement
TRIPS exemption. LDC Watch in particular has been lobbying countries and organisations, such as the European Parliament, to agree. In this article, which originally appeared in, Dr Arjun Karki, International Coordinator of LDC Watch explains the background and the arguments behind the call for the extension.

I have been closely following the on-going trade negotiations in Geneva between the LDCs and developed countries, in relation to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement. The negotiations are increasingly turning into a battle for justice for the LDCs. Continue reading