Today was the first day of negotiations proper. However, there was very little movement in any of the negotiating areas, including in the green room meetings where most of the time was devoted to process issues. The day saw a PR exercise unfold for the US, EU and Japan with all three touting their loans and bribes in the form of empty ‘aid for trade’ packages. Serious questions were raised as to whether the proposals of the EU ($5 billion to LDCs) and US ($2.7 billion in total to 2010) were able to paid for and what conditions would be attached to them.
AID FOR TRADE – ANOTHER EMPTY PROMISE
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST GATS AND PRIVATIZATION
PROTEST AT OPENING CEREMONY REPORTED ACROSS THE WORLD
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