Waiver talks might convince companies to focus on technology transfer and training, and let go of the plan to maximise patent-based revenues.
European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Rising protectionism has the potential to have major negative effects on many European companies, yet firms have been largely absent from the public conversation. Why?
Both sides can make a case, but they might not get the chance.
A medic administers a COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai. India and South Africa have led efforts to get a waiver on intellectual property rights.
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A waiver may not allow all developing countries to secure medicines and other anti-COVID technologies in a timely way.
Ministers Stuart Robert, Angus Taylor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving at question time.
The real target is China. Australia will be collateral damage.
A market place in Ghana’s capital Accra. Developing countries like Ghana risk being left behind in the race to secure COVID-19 vaccines.
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A waiver on some intellectual property rules at the WTO for COVID-19 vaccines would ensure more equitable access, but wouldn't solve all the problems facing developing countries.
A formal resolution off Australia's complaint about Chinese barley tariffs will likely take years. But at least it starts a structured process for dialogue.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has already held top positions in several international bodies.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be better able to balance policies between the advanced economies and developing ones to achieve sustainable global economic growth and development.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham after signing on Sunday.
Australia and other governments refused to release the text until after it was signed on Sunday. It'll do little for Australian trade.
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The World Trade Organisation has thrown out the final legal challenge to Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws. Now countries across the world can implement this game-changing public health policy.
China's dumping stoush with Australia isn't just about barley. But it is about trade and unfinished business in global trade rules.
There's a risk Australia won't get access to everything it will need need. It can take are simple stepsto make sure patents don't get in the way.
The World Trade Organization will be defanged but not dead. It’s in Australia’s interest to keep it alive.
The World Trade Organization will lose its teeth from midnight. We are entering a world with unenforceable rules.
Cyclists take over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a Critical Mass protest event in 2000.
City of Sydney Archives: Tim Cole 'Circular Quay' Collection: 87824
In 1999, ahead of World Trade Organisation protests, a group of Australian activists created the first open internet publishing platform. This technology is the basis of the internet we know today.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison.
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Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester on 11 August 2019.
Beijing's view of the rule of law is very different to what most of the rest of the world understands.
Trump met with Chinese delegates to discuss trade.
American and Chinese trade negotiators are pushing hard to get a deal, but a major sticking point remains: ensuring China honors any promises it makes.
Barley is the perfect scapegoat. China’s real concerns about Australia go deeper.
China's so-called anti-dumping action against Australia is really an action against Australia's overuse of anti-dumping provisions. Barley producers are caught in the crossfire.
China controls 50% of the global steel industry but doesn’t export much to America.
China supplies just 2% of America's steel, while Canada and Europe have sizeable shares and Australian steel producers depend on access to US markets.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.