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 Decade: 1990-1999
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Seattle Ministerial Conference

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Seattle Ministerial Conference

Date: November 19, 1999
Creator: Sek, Lenore
Description: On November 30th to December 3rd, 1999, the highest decision-making body of the World Trade Organization (WTO), called the Ministerial Conference, will meet in Seattle to make broad policy decisions. The key issue for the trade ministers attending the meeting will be to decide on the structure and topics for the agenda of a new round of multilateral trade negotiations. Countries have committed to discuss agriculture and services trade in the new round. Other items that have been proposed for inclusion in the new round or for earlier consideration include tariff reductions, concessions for developing countries, labor issues and the environment, and the WTO decision-making process. Major labor, environmental, and consumer interest groups are expected to be present in Seattle to argue for more consideration of workers' rights and the environment within the WTO. This report provides a summary background on preparations for the Ministerial and related issues of congressional interest.
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A Reappraisal of Foreign Investment Policy

A Reappraisal of Foreign Investment Policy

Date: February 8, 1994
Creator: Reifman, Alfred
Description: The rise of the multinational corporation and the increased flow of capital across national borders have raised anew the question of how to treat foreign direct investment, both inward and outward. The U.S. government and, increasingly, other governments advocate that, with some exceptions, economic policies should be neutral in the treatment of investment, foreign and domestic, inward and outward. This report discusses the changing view of foreign investment, both nationally and internationally.
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Congress and Trade Policy Toward Japan

Congress and Trade Policy Toward Japan

Date: April 15, 1992
Creator: Nanto, Dick K
Description: None
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Japan and an East Asian Trading Bloc

Japan and an East Asian Trading Bloc

Date: February 6, 1992
Creator: Nanto, Dick K
Description: None
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Generalized System of Preferences

Generalized System of Preferences

Date: August 20, 1997
Creator: Holliday, George D
Description: None
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U.S.-Japanese Trade: The Semiconductor Arrangement

U.S.-Japanese Trade: The Semiconductor Arrangement

Date: May 13, 1993
Creator: Cooper, William H
Description: None
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The 1995 Japan-U.S. Auto and Parts Trade Dispute: Terms of the Settlement and Implications

The 1995 Japan-U.S. Auto and Parts Trade Dispute: Terms of the Settlement and Implications

Date: August 9, 1995
Creator: Nanto, Dick K.
Description: On June 28, 1995, the United States and Japan reached a settlement in a long-running dispute over access to Japan's market for automobiles and parts. 100-percent tariffs by the United States on imports of luxury cars from Japan had been threatened under a Section 301 unfair trade practices case dealing with the aftermarket for autoparts in Japan. This report describes the dispute, the settlement, and questions and issues that still remain.
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Japan-U.S. Trade: The Construction Services Issue

Japan-U.S. Trade: The Construction Services Issue

Date: November 4, 1993
Creator: Cooper, William H
Description: None
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The GATT and the WTO: An Overview

The GATT and the WTO: An Overview

Date: March 27, 1995
Creator: Wilson, Arlene
Description: The Uruguay Round Agreement reduced tariffs, brought services, intellectual property, and agriculture under the discipline of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and established the World Trade Organization. Multilateral trade issues for the future include continuing services negotiations, the relationship of the environment and labor standards to trade, and investment and competition policy.
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Japan-U.S. Automotive Framework Talks

Japan-U.S. Automotive Framework Talks

Date: November 10, 1994
Creator: Bass, Gwenell L
Description: None
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