The World Trade Organization has ruled against the eu's import tariffs on bananas. It backed the us, which argued that eu import duties of

The Peruvian government has allowed two oil companies to explore oil in remote parts of the Amazonian forests inhabited by uncontacted tribes. The decision comes after a Peruvian government

This paper, together with five other background studies, is a part of a broader research programme addressing trade and structural adjustment issues in non-member economies which was conducted as a follow-up to Trade and Structural Adjustment: Embracing Globalisation (OECD, 2005)which identified policies for successful trade-related structural adjustment. This paper revisits and elaborates on specific parts of these policy recommendations with a view to reassessing their applicability to developing countries. The five background studies; a comparison study comparing East Asia and Latin America and four country case studies (Chile, Ecuador, the Philippines and Thailand), which were conducted as a part of this project, form the basis for the analysis, supplemented by existing literature.

>> In the latest plan to stem the flow of the mud volcano that erupted last year in East Java, Indonesia, a US $69 million-proposal has been chalked out. A concrete dam will be built to check the mud flow, which has already displaced around 15,000 people (see

The European Union recently blocked a wto investigation into its banana import tariffs, with reference to an arbitration process started by Latin American countries against it. wto has

Ecuador's meat and dairy exports have been affected after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the country. The disease was first registered in a pig farm in the southern province of Azuay.

>> Colombia recently decided to stop glyphosate aerial spraying near the Ecuador border (see

At least four people were killed and thirty listed as missing after Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted early on August 17. Tonnes of rocks and ash spewing from the volcano destroyed a dozen

At least 104 shrimp exporters from six countries (Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam) reached an agreement with the us shrimp producers to bypass the country's annual tax review.

In a recent meeting in Quito, the Ecuadorean capital, the heads of the four Andean Community of Nations signed the Quito Declaration, which seeks the extension of trade preferences with the us for