Glimmers of hope as global trade talks stretch into final day


Emma Farge, Reuters

via Financial Post (Canada) - Jun 16, 2022


GENEVA — Negotiations at the World Trade Organization aimed at clinching deals on food security, fishing and vaccines entered their final hours on Thursday after all-night talks, with some trade sources hopeful that efforts to circumvent Indian opposition would succeed.


Ministers from more than 100 countries are meeting at the global trade watchdog’s headquarters in Geneva this week for the first time in more than four years to thrash out new trade rules — a feat many doubt in an era of high geopolitical tensions.


The body’s 164 members must all agree for new global trade rules to be passed, meaning that one member can block deals...


... Negotiators including U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai were involved in talks in the so-called ‘Green Room’ of the WTO most of the night trying to thrash out agreements. But Tai left early on Thursday, a U.S. official confirmed. Negotiations resumed around 0700 GMT and are ongoing with the conclusion due Thursday afternoon, trade sources said...