The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will lead a trade mission to promote U.S. agricultural trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa, September 16-20.
The European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharma sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the indigenous communities by recognising their intellectual property rights over local biodiversity.
The South African government is calling for comments on its proposed National Policy on Intellectual Property, which supporters say will, if implemented, curb patent evergreening and expand production of generics.
Brazil wants to block the permit for a massive gold mine planned by Belo Sun Mining on the Xingu River in the Amazon. Federal prosecutors are arguing that the Canadian company has failed to study the impact on local Indian communities.
Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago said that Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA will work with U.S. company Chevron to develop an offshore natural gas field, one of three that span the Caribbean countries' maritime border.
The federal and Ontario governments have sold a block of 30 million shares in General Motors valued approximately $1.1 billion, a portion of the equity they received when they bailed out the automaker in 2009.