191 results about INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ICTSD)


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WTO Ministerial Launches, As Regional Leaders Make Public Call for Support of Multilateral System

December 11, 2017

The WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference formally began on Sunday 10 December, with leaders from various countries issuing the “Buenos Aires Declaration,” highlighting the import... READ MORE

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African Countries Make Headway Towards the Creation of the CFTA

December 8, 2017

African countries concluded an intense month of talks as part of the negotiating process towards the establishment of the Continental free trade area (CFTA), with the fourth Meeting of African Mini... READ MORE

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Australia, Singapore Trade Pact Revisions Take Effect

December 7, 2017

Australia and Singapore now have an updated version of their nearly fifteen-year-old trade pact in force, one year after their top trade officials signed a new amendment to the accord.
The o... READ MORE

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Canada, China Pledge to Ramp Up Trade Cooperation, Weigh Possible FTA Talks

December 7, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang finished highly-anticipated meetings in Beijing this week, announcing “new joint partnerships” and a joint sta... READ MORE

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Canada-US Softwood Lumber Row Escalates With Filing of NAFTA, WTO Cases

December 7, 2017

The past couple of weeks have seen a series of developments in the long-running US-Canada row over softwood lumber trade. Canada has lately launched cases under the North American Free Trade Agreem... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Negotiators Aim for "Endgame" in Trade Talks

December 7, 2017

Negotiators from the European Union and the South American bloc Mercosur are ramping up their efforts to finalise a trade accord between them, with the hopes of announcing a political deal on the m... READ MORE

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EU, Mexico Continue Efforts to Clinch Updated Trade Deal by Year's End

December 7, 2017

The EU and Mexico have concluded a sixth round of talks to update their existing trade accord, reporting advances on a series of negotiating areas and confirming that they will meet again in Brusse... READ MORE

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NAFTA Negotiators Close Fifth Round, Prepare to Set Stage for 2018 Talks

November 23, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the US have concluded their fifth round of talks to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the last such meeting of 2017 following an intens... READ MORE

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EU, Chile Launch Talks to Modernise Trade Deal

November 22, 2017

The EU and Chile have formally kicked off negotiations to modernise their existing Association Agreement, including its trade component, holding their first round of talks last week in Brussels, Be... READ MORE

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APEC Summit Wraps Up in Vietnam, Looking to Next Steps for Trade and Integration Agenda

November 16, 2017

Leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies concluded their 25th annual meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on 11 November. Preceded by several weeks of technical, thematic... READ MORE

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Chilean, Chinese Leaders Sign Deal to Amend Trade Pact

November 16, 2017

Chile and China are set to update their bilateral trade pact, with officials signing a protocol to amend the deal last week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit i... READ MORE

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EU Trade Ministers Prepare for MC11, Review FTA Negotiating Progress

November 16, 2017

Trade negotiations in the WTO context and with major partners were high on the agenda as European trade ministers met within the EU Foreign Affairs Council last week in Brussels, Belgium. The 10 No... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Trade Talks Approach Finish Line Under a New Name

November 16, 2017

Trade ministers from the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries announced last week that they are within striking distance of a plan to bring the trade agreement into force, which t... READ MORE

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The gender chapters in trade agreements: A true revolution?

November 14, 2017

While the nexus between trade policy, gender equality, and sustainable development is increasingly clear, a new generation of free trade agreements is incorporating trade and gender chapters, signa... READ MORE

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Australia PM: EU, TPP-11 Accords Can Help Support Rules-Based Economic System

November 9, 2017

Advancing on trade rule-making in various regional contexts – including negotiating an EU-Australia trade accord and advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) process – could pla... READ MORE

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France Approves Action Plan for CETA

November 2, 2017

The French government gave the green light to an “action plan” last week for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), following a domestic review of the trade ac... READ MORE

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Pacific Alliance, Associate Members Kick Off Free Trade Negotiations

November 2, 2017

The Pacific Alliance met with its incoming “associate members” for the first round of formal free trade negotiations last week in the Colombian city of Cali. The talks aim to confirm Au... READ MORE

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RCEP Negotiators Set Groundwork for November Leaders’ Summit

November 2, 2017

The 20th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) concluded in Incheon, South Korea last week, where delegates sought to build convergence on... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Negotiators Prepare for Last Push After NZ, Japan Electoral Processes Conclude

October 26, 2017

Negotiators from the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are due to convene in Japan early next week, in a bid to advance talks significantly before ministers and leaders co... READ MORE

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US Announces Move to Bar Timber Imports from Peruvian Company, Citing Illegal Logging Concerns

October 26, 2017

The US is set to use a provision in its trade accord with Peru to bar entry to imported timber from Inversiones La Oroza, a Peruvian exporter, according to an announcement from the Office of the US... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Trade Talks in Decisive Stage Amid Push for Deal

October 19, 2017

Negotiations between the 28-nation EU and the South American customs bloc Mercosur are entering a key stage, as officials debate sensitive issues such as market access concessions ahead of a Decemb... READ MORE

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European Union, South Africa Review EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement

October 19, 2017

One year after enacting the EU-South African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), officials from the EU and South Africa gathered in Johannesburg to review its progres... READ MORE

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NAFTA Ministers Acknowledge Significant Challenges, Extend Timetable to 2018

October 19, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States completed their fourth round of negotiations for modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Tuesday 17 October, with minis... READ MORE

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EU, India Leaders Call for "Timely Relaunch" of Trade Talks

October 12, 2017

Leaders from the EU and India are pushing to see the “timely relaunch” of their long-running trade talks, reaffirming their continued interest in advancing the negotiations following a... READ MORE

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US, South Korea to Consider Possible Revisions to Trade Deal

October 12, 2017

Officials from the US and South Korea concluded their second “special session” of their joint committee under their bilateral trade deal, agreeing to consider possible changes to the ac... READ MORE

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EU Commission: Indonesia Trade Talks Advance to Text-Based Phase

October 5, 2017

Talks between the EU and Indonesia for a free trade accord have advanced to “text-based” negotiations in the majority of areas under consideration, according to a report published by th... READ MORE

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NAFTA Negotiators Report Progress, Warn of Challenging Road Ahead

October 5, 2017

Ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced last week that they have made steady progress in their latest negotiating round on modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement... READ MORE

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Australia, Indonesia Trade Chiefs Push to Conclude Deal by November

September 28, 2017

Trade ministers from Australia and Indonesia announced last week that the two countries would aim to clinch a bilateral trade pact by November, bringing forward their previous target date in an eff... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Negotiators Consider Potential Options, Schedule October Session

September 28, 2017

Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP-11, resumed late last week in Tokyo, Japan, as officials debated a series of proposed options for advancing the accord before key meetings in O... READ MORE

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Canada, UK PMs Look to CETA as Starting Point for Future Trade Deal

September 21, 2017

On Monday 18 September, UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited Canada to discuss the terms of the trading relationship between the nations post-Brexit, announcing after that the two sides plan to us... READ MORE

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Chinese, Australian Officials Prepare for Trade Accord Review

September 21, 2017

Officials are preparing for the upcoming review later this year of certain chapters within the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), with ministers from Beijing and Canberra meeting in the... READ MORE

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EU-Canada Trade Deal Begins Provisional Application

September 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Europe and Canada is set to start its provisional application on Thursday 21 September, slashing duties on over 98 percent of tariff li... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Outlines Expectations for NAFTA, WTO, EU Ties

September 21, 2017

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Washington audience this week that trade watchers should “expect change, expect new approaches, and expect action” in the current Trump... READ MORE

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ASEAN 50 Years on: Lessons for the CFTA Process

September 20, 2017

Fifty years after the signing of its founding declaration, how much has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved in terms of regional integration? What are the main lessons that... READ MORE

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Building an Inclusive Continental Free Trade Area

September 20, 2017

In January 2012, African leaders adopted the decision to establish a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by the indicative date of 2017, an important step in the African Union’s larger integra... READ MORE

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Crafting a Robust CFTA: The Human Rights Contribution

September 20, 2017

Can African countries simultaneously foster trade liberalisation, economic growth, and human rights in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)? A recent study argues that they can, an... READ MORE

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Talking CFTA with Albert Muchanga, the AU’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry

September 20, 2017

Bridges Africa met with Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, to discuss the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) currently under negotiation.

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The CFTA Negotiations and the Issue of Coherence

September 20, 2017

What are the challenges facing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The analysis of the... READ MORE

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BRICS Leaders Stress Economic, Development Cooperation at Xiamen Summit

September 15, 2017

Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa concluded their ninth “BRICS” Summit last week, signing off on a declaration which covered topics such as economic cooperatio... READ MORE

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Eyeing November Leaders' Meeting, RCEP Ministers Pledge to "Maximise Progress"

September 14, 2017

Economic ministers from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries pledged to ramp up their negotiating efforts on an extensive regional free trade deal, following a meeting i... READ MORE

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NAFTA Parties Pursue "Accelerated" Timeframe, Gear Up for Third Round of Talks

September 14, 2017

Officials are gearing up for another negotiating round in the efforts to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with the next set of talks due for 23-27 September. The gathering... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Negotiators Review Trade Deal Options Ahead of November Meet

September 14, 2017

Senior officials from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations are gearing up for another set of meetings in Japan later this month, aiming to build on their discussions in Australia in late... READ MORE

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Technical Working Groups Gather to Advance CFTA Process

August 24, 2017

Representatives from the African Union’s (AU) member states and experts from African regional economic communities, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United... READ MORE

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AGOA Forum Ends Without Greater Clarity About the Scheme’s Future

August 17, 2017

African and US officials, private secto... READ MORE

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Australian Trade Minister: Indonesia Economic Pact Top Priority

August 3, 2017
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NAFTA Parties Prepare for August Negotiations Launch in Washington

August 3, 2017

Canada, Mexico, and the United States are preparing for the formal launch of negotiations to upgrade the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – a process that i... READ MORE

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RCEP Negotiators Conclude Nineteenth Round, Push for "Accelerated" Progress

August 3, 2017

Trade officials from 16 countries finished up the nineteenth round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Hyderabad, India, last week, aiming to pave the way f... READ MORE

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EU, Japan Trade Negotiators Ramp Up Efforts to Conclude "Political Agreement"

June 29, 2017

Negotiators from the EU and Japan are ramping up their work to clinch a bilateral trade agreement, with reports suggesting that the two sides are tentatively hoping to have a political deal in plac... READ MORE

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Lighthizer Lays Out US Trade Policy Agenda, NAFTA Hearings Get Underway

June 29, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer discussed with lawmakers the Trump administration’s trade policy priorities for the coming year, covering areas such as the renegotiation of t... READ MORE

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As Hamburg Summit Approaches, G20 Members Prepare for Debate on Trade

June 22, 2017

Members of the G20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies are gearing up for their leaders' summit in Hamburg, scheduled from 7-8 July. The high-level event, which is being held thi... READ MORE

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Officials Discuss Ways to Tackle Gender Trade Gap at Brussels Forum

June 22, 2017

Officials from governments, international agencies, the private sector, and civil society discussed policy plans and ideas for how to address the gender trade gap during the International Forum on... READ MORE

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PACER Plus Countries Prepare for Trade Deal Ratification

June 22, 2017

Australia, New Zealand, and eight Pacific island countries signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) last week in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, eight years after negoti... READ MORE

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US, New Zealand Officials Look to Deepen Trade Ties

June 22, 2017

US and New Zealand officials are exploring options to deepen bilateral trade ties, with the possibility of formal trade talks being floated. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay met with US trade... READ MORE

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Canadian Foreign Minister Stresses Value of Multilateralism, Outlines Trade Priorities

June 8, 2017

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for taking steps to support multilateralism and the rules-based international order during a speech in Ottawa, Canada, on 6 June, along with outli... READ MORE

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US, Mexico Clinch "Agreement in Principle" On Sugar Trade

June 8, 2017

Economic officials from the US and Mexico announced on Tuesday 6 June that they had reached a draft deal to prevent trade remedies planned by Washington on imported Mexican sugar, capping a prolong... READ MORE

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Australia, Peru Kick Off FTA Talks

June 1, 2017

Australian and Peruvian trade officials announced last week the start of formal talks towards reaching a free trade agreement (FTA), with the first negotiating round scheduled for July. The news wa... READ MORE

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G7 Leaders Call for "Free, Fair" Trade at Taormina Summit

June 1, 2017

Leaders from the G7 nations met in the Sicilian town of Taormina from 26-27 May, with hot-button issues such as trade, inequality, the global economy, and climate change featuring on their agenda.... READ MORE

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Indian, German Leaders Renew Push for Deeper EU-India Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin this week, calling for renewed efforts towards boosting trade ties between New Delhi and the European Union. &l... READ MORE

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US, EU Officials to Examine Next Steps for Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

The US and the EU are planning to develop a “joint action plan” on trade, reports suggest, after leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, late last week. US President Donald Trump met with Eur... READ MORE

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At Hanoi Meet, Asia-Pacific Ministers Debate Future Trade Integration Paths

May 24, 2017

The past weekend saw ministerial meetings of multiple configurations in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, as officials discussed the future of various trade-related initiatives in the region. The main eve... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Notifies Congress of NAFTA Negotiation Plans

May 24, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week of the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), kicking off a 90-day period before talk... READ MORE

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Brazil and South Africa Vow to Strengthen Trade and Economic Ties

May 19, 2017

Economic and trade relations between Brazil and South Africa need to be strengthened, insisted Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and her... READ MORE

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Canadian Senate Approves CETA Implementation Bill

May 18, 2017

The Canadian Senate approved legislation last week for implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. The move is one of the final stages... READ MORE

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Canada, Mercosur Eye Renewed Trade Talks

May 11, 2017

Canada and the South American trading bloc Mercosur have recently resumed preparations for potentially negotiating a future trade agreement, officials say, nearly five years after exploratory talks... READ MORE

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Malmström: EU, Mexico "Committed" to 2017 Trade Deal

May 11, 2017

The European Union and Mexico are “committed” to finishing talks to revamp their decades-old trade agreement this year, according to the EU’s top trade official. EU Trade Commissi... READ MORE

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US, Canada Weigh Next Steps in Softwood Lumber Trade Spat

May 11, 2017

The preliminary determination reached by the US Department of Commerce last month to levy countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports has been met with reports of potential Canadian t... READ MORE

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TPP Meetings in Toronto Look to Set Stage for Hanoi Talks

May 4, 2017

Senior officials from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries met in Toronto, Canada, on 2-3 May for preparatory discussions on next steps before a ministers’ level gathering in Hanoi,... READ MORE

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Trump Orders Trade Deal Review, Continues NAFTA and South Korea Renegotiation Push

May 4, 2017

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order last weekend ordering a review of all trade deals involving the United States, which he said would play a role in keeping “jobs and wealth... READ MORE

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US Officials Eye Next Steps on Trade with Europe, Japan, NAFTA Partners

April 27, 2017

The past weeks have seen a flurry of trade activity in Washington and beyond, including a trip by US Vice President Mike Pence to Asia; meetings between top American and European trade officials; a... READ MORE

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US Vice President: Washington Looking to Upgrade Korea Trade Deal

April 27, 2017

The US is hoping to launch negotiations with South Korea on upgrading their five-year-old trade deal, also known as the KORUS FTA, according to comments made by US Vice President Mike Pence during... READ MORE

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WTO Ministerial Prep: Argentine FM Makes Case for Multilateralism in Geneva Visit

April 27, 2017

Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra stressed the value of multilateralism during a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, this week, months before her country is due to host the WTO's Eleventh Min... READ MORE

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ECOWAS Parliament Members Reaffirm Commitment to Fight Counterfeit Medicines

April 18, 2017

Members of the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) parliament's Committee on Health and Social Service and Committee on Trade, Customs and Free Movement held a joint session... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Roundup: Japan, ASEAN Meeting, Australia-India FTA Update

April 13, 2017

The past week has seen various meetings on advancing regional integration projects in the Asia-Pacific, including a new round of talks between China, South Korea, and Japan on a trilateral trade de... READ MORE

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EU Trade Talks with Mexico, Japan Continue, Aiming for Deals in Near-Term

April 13, 2017

Negotiations for both an EU-Mexico trade deal upgrade and a new EU-Japan trade agreement continued last week, with officials in both contexts suggesting that these efforts are progressing steadily.... READ MORE

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G20 Digital Ministers Unveil Roadmap, Trade Priorities

April 13, 2017

Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) major advanced and emerging economies met in the German city of Düsseldorf from 6-7 April for talks on how to expand internet access and support the development... READ MORE

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Mercosur, Pacific Alliance Members Push for Deeper Economic Ties

April 13, 2017

On Friday 7 April, ministers from Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance convened in Buenos Aires for talks on developing closer ties between the two regional mechanisms, representing the second ministe... READ MORE

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African Experts Consider Ways to Speed up CFTA Negotiations

March 31, 2017

Experts from the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Developme... READ MORE

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Visits Australia and New Zealand, Eyes Trade Deal Upgrades

March 30, 2017

In official visits to Australia and New Zealand over the past week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with government and business leaders to discuss economic ties and cooperation, while outlining pla... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Negotiators Report Progress, Schedule Future Meetings

March 30, 2017

Negotiators meeting to advance a planned EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, including a free trade deal, finished their 27th round of talks last Friday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a joint commun... READ MORE

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EU, ASEAN Ministers Agree to Consider Trade Talks Reboot

March 16, 2017

The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are preparing to examine the prospect of re-launching talks for a region-to-region trade accord, nearly eight years after the original... READ MORE

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Economic Integration Efforts Press Onward in Asia-Pacific Region

March 16, 2017

The past week has seen a series of regional integration efforts continue among Asia-Pacific economies, including a two-day summit among the signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and se... READ MORE

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IMF's Christine Lagarde Calls on G-20 Members to Keep Growth "Momentum"

March 16, 2017

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called on G-20 officials preparing to meet in the German city of Baden-Baden later this week to keep the “mo... READ MORE

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Canada, China Moving Closer to Potential Trade Talks

March 9, 2017

Efforts to lay the groundwork for possible negotiations on a bilateral Canada-China trade deal continue underway, with Canadian officials launching a three-month domestic consultations period last... READ MORE

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EU's Malmström Pushes for Deeper Trade Ties in Asia-Pacific Region

March 9, 2017

Boosting economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region is one of the main items on the EU trade docket this week, as the bloc’s top trade official travels to Singapore and the Philippines for ta... READ MORE

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WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Takes Effect

February 25, 2017

The World Trade Organization announced on Wednesday 22 February that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has now entered into force, having surpassed the minimum requirement of 110 ratifications... READ MORE

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EU, Latin American Countries Move to Deepen Trade Ties

February 9, 2017

Efforts on behalf of the EU and Mexico to modernise a sixteen-year old free trade agreement have been ramped up, following a phone call between EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Mexican E... READ MORE

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Sri Lanka Aiming for China Trade Deal in 2017, Official Says

February 9, 2017

Sri Lanka aims to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA) with China later this year, said the country's ambassador to Beijing last weekend. The two Asian economies have been negotiating&nbs... READ MORE

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TPP Signatories Consider Next Steps Following US Withdrawal

February 9, 2017

Various meetings between ministers from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are on the docket in the coming weeks, as the remaining signatories of the Pacific Rim accord weigh their next... READ MORE

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Malmström: EU, Indonesia Trade Negotiations On the Move

February 2, 2017

Trade negotiations between the 28-nation European Union and Indonesia are kicking into gear, according to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The two sides launched negotiations last year, con... READ MORE

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Theresa May: UK, US Setting Stage for Possible Trade Talks

February 2, 2017

The United Kingdom and the United States are examining how to move ahead with preliminary trade negotiations, according to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who met with her American counterpart last... READ MORE

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Trump, Abe to Discuss Potential Bilateral Deal and TPP at Washington Summit

February 2, 2017

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington to discuss trade and security matters in what will be the first face-to-face talks betwee... READ MORE

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Australia, UK Explore Options to Deepen Trade Ties

January 26, 2017

Exploratory discussions between the UK and Australia for a post-Brexit trade deal are expected to continue this week, media reports suggest, with some officials noting that migration will likely be... READ MORE

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CETA Clears Ratification Hurdle with EU Parliament Trade Committee Backing

January 26, 2017

The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement negotiated between Canada and the EU, acquired the support of the European Parliament’s trade committee... READ MORE

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Trump Begins Setting US Trade Policy Course During First Week in Office

January 26, 2017

"The first week of Donald J. Trump's presidency of the United States has included both executive action and plans for meetings focused on trade, giving some early signals of the possible d... READ MORE

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Abe, Turnbull Highlight Commitment to TPP, Trade Ties in Bilateral Talks

January 19, 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sydney last weekend to discuss a host of trade issues, including their plans to move forward with the Trans-... READ MORE

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Eyes on CETA Ratification Ahead of EU Trade Committee Vote

January 19, 2017

Efforts to ratify an EU-Canada trade deal have seen progress in Europe, with the agreement receiving the backing of the European Parliament's environment, public health, and food safety (ENVI)... READ MORE

RESEARCH

African Integration: Facing up to Emerging Challenges

December 20, 2016

This paper examines the key elements bearing upon regional integration in Africa. It argues that integration should be conceived as a a means to respond to the development aspirations of societies... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific: Japan Ratifies TPP, RCEP Gears Up for 2017

December 15, 2016

Japan’s upper house of parliament ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on Friday 9 December, marking the final stage for the Asian economy’s approval of the accord.READ MORE

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NAFTA Tribunal Issues Ruling in Windstream-Canada Case

December 15, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal published its final ruling last week in the row between a US-based wind energy company, Windstream, and the Canadian government. The award brought an end to a... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Environment in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Legal Analysis

December 13, 2016

The objective of this paper is to provide policymakers in the fields of trade and sustainable development with a brief overview of the main elements and potential implications of the environmental... READ MORE

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Australian Treaties Committee Urges TPP Ratification

December 8, 2016

The Australian Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) issued its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement to the country’s parliament last week, recommending that Canberr... READ MORE

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Malmström: EU-Japan Trade Talks Near End Stage, Though Obstacles Remain

December 8, 2016

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström affirmed this week that the 28-member bloc is “very close” to finalising talks for a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan, following nearly... READ MORE

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Nearing Entry into Force

December 8, 2016

The process to bring the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) into force is entering the home stretch, with the Geneva-based organisation reporting that only eight more ratifications are... READ MORE

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Lawmakers in EU, Canada Begin Consideration of CETA Trade Deal

December 1, 2016

The next stage in the approval process for the EU-Canada trade pact is now getting underway, officials say, with parliamentary committees in Europe preparing to vote on the accord in the coming wee... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Leaders Consider Next Steps for TPP Accord

November 24, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Monday that he would be pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon taking office, in a move that has left fellow Asia-Pac... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Leaders Consider Next Steps for TPP Accord

November 24, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Monday that he would be pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon taking office, in a move that has left fellow Asia-Pac... READ MORE

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China, New Zealand Confirm Plans to Update Trade Deal

November 24, 2016

Officials from New Zealand and China have announced their plans to “upgrade” their existing trade deal, which has been in force since 2008. The news was confirmed in a joint ministerial... READ MORE

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TiSA Ministerial Cancelled, Officials To Prepare for 2017

November 24, 2016

A planned ministerial meeting for countries involved in negotiating a plurilateral services trade agreement has been called off, sources confirmed, with negotiators and ambassadors to meet instead... READ MORE

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TiSA Ministerial Cancelled, Officials To Prepare for 2017

November 24, 2016

A planned ministerial meeting for countries involved in negotiating a plurilateral services trade agreement has been called off, sources confirmed, with negotiators and ambassadors to meet instead... READ MORE

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Regional before global: A value chain approach to industrialisation in West Africa

November 22, 2016

Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls for a commitment to “build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.” Are regional value chains a relev... READ MORE

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Andean Community: Ecuador Joins EU Trade Pact with Colombia, Peru

November 17, 2016

After years of negotiations, officials gathered in Brussels on Friday 11 November to sign the protocol for Ecuador’s accession to the free trade agreement between the EU’s 28 member sta... READ MORE

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As New "Trump" Reality Sinks In, Questions Grow Over Future Trade Policy

November 17, 2016

Just over one week after the news that Donald Trump will serve as the next president of the United States, key trading partners are working to prepare for the change in leadership in the world&rsqu... READ MORE

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Tanzanian parliament advises government not to sign EPA with EU

November 17, 2016

Last week, members of the Tanzanian parliament (MPs) unanimously called on the East African country’s government not to sign an Economic Partnership agreement (EPA) negotiated between the EU... READ MORE

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UK Scopes Out Foreign Trade Options As Legal Challenges Continue on "Brexit"

November 17, 2016

UK officials have continued exploring options for deepening ties with other trading powers in a post-“Brexit” world, as legal challenges continue on home soil regarding whether the gove... READ MORE

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RCEP Participating Countries Call for Swift Conclusion of Negotiations

November 10, 2016

Negotiations for the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are increasingly making progress towards crafting a future trade and investment deal, officials say, though whethe... READ MORE

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EU-Canada Trade Deal Signed, Overcoming Hurdles in Belgium

November 3, 2016

Leaders from the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday, following several weeks of talks to win the required backing of all 28 EU member states. ... READ MORE

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US Trade Officials Prepare for a Post-Election Landscape on TPP

November 3, 2016

With less than one week remaining until US voters go to the polls, officials both from the current Obama administration as well as from other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are ramping u... READ MORE

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World Bank: Record number of business reforms carried out in Africa

October 28, 2016

Economies across sub-Saharan Africa have adopted a record number of reforms to upgrade their business environment over the past year, says the World Bank in its Doing Business 2017, the fourteenth... READ MORE

NEWS

As EU-Canada Summit Approaches, Pressure Grows to Reach CETA Consensus

October 20, 2016

The European Council is due to begin a two-day leaders’ meeting on Thursday, where they are expected to confirm whether they are in a position to sign a negotiated trade deal with Canada. The... READ MORE

NEWS

Singapore, Australia Sign Updates to Trade Deal

October 20, 2016

Singaporean and Australian officials signed a series of updates to their existing trade deal last week, particularly in the area of services, following their latest review of the long-standing acco... READ MORE

NEWS

Canada, China to Explore Potential for Trade Deal, Officials Say

September 29, 2016

In Ottawa last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that his country will commence “exploratory talks” as a first step towards potentially negotiating a free trad... READ MORE

NEWS

EU Trade Ministers: TTIP Conclusion Unlikely This Year

September 29, 2016

EU trade ministers affirmed last week that finishing negotiations on a bilateral trade and investment deal with the US before year’s end is an “unrealistic” goal, following inform... READ MORE

NEWS

US-Africa trade relationship in focus at AGOA forum

September 29, 2016

On 22-26 September, African and US ministers, trade officials, civil society, and business sector representatives gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the implementation of the African Growth and... READ MORE

NEWS

European parliament approves trade deal with southern African countries

September 23, 2016

Members of the European parliament (MEPs) have approved, on 14 September 2016, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and six member states of the Southern African Development Comm... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, North American Officials Push Trade Deals Ahead of Key Meeting

September 22, 2016

Trade officials from the EU, Canada, and the United States have been pushing two major international accords over the past week, aiming to make a compelling case in time for a key meeting of Europe... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Trade Policies and Sustainable Development in the Context of Global Value Chains

September 20, 2016

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a major feature of the 21st century economy. This paper argues that the expansion and increased sophistication of GVCs has created a new “trade-investme... READ MORE

NEWS

ASEAN Leaders Eye Next Steps For Boosting Economic Integration

September 15, 2016

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) concluded a series of leaders’ level meetings last week, gathering in Vientiane, Laos, for three days of talks on “Turning Vision into Reali... READ MORE

NEWS

Could emerging economies accelerate regional integration in Africa?

September 15, 2016

As the regional integration agenda in Africa gains speed, is the economic engagement of emerging economies on the continent contributing to that agenda? If so, how? If not, can it be leveraged to c... READ MORE

NEWS

Obama Pushes TPP Case in Asia, Despite Difficult Landscape at Home

September 15, 2016

US President Barack Obama continued to make the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a visit to Asia last week, warning of the risk to his country’s leadership prospects abroad... READ MORE

NEWS

UK, Australia Begin Scoping Future Trade Deal Options

September 7, 2016

The UK and Australia announced on Wednesday that they are establishing a working group to explore the possible options for a future bilateral trade pact, which the two sides would then begin negotiati... READ MORE

NEWS

G-20 Finance Ministers: Economic Recovery "Weaker" Than Hoped

July 28, 2016

The global economic recovery remains “weaker than desirable,” said finance ministe... READ MORE

NEWS

EAC-EU EPA signing postponed as deliberations continue

July 22, 2016

The signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the EAC (East African Community) due to be ratified in October 2016 has been postponed, coming as a surprise to the intern... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, Indonesia Set to Begin Trade Talks

July 21, 2016

The EU and Indonesia have now launched negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), officials confirmed this week, with the first round of talks due before year’s e... READ MORE

NEWS

Following Leadership Change, UK Officials Test Waters on Future Trade Deals

July 21, 2016

The new government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May has begun exploring possible options for trade deals with third countries, officials say, though the process to formally launch exit negotiations... READ MORE

NEWS

TTIP Negotiators Reiterate 2016 Goal, While Noting Market Access Gaps

July 21, 2016

US and EU officials reaffirmed last week that they still aim to clinch a bilateral trade and investment pact this year, while acknowledging that much work remains in areas such as market access fol... READ MORE

NEWS

US Republican Party Platform Outlines Trade Approach, Lambasts Obama Climate Agenda

July 21, 2016

The Republican National Convention (RNC) adopted the final version of its “pla... READ MORE

NEWS

How the Trade Facilitation Agreement can help reduce trade costs for LDCs

July 19, 2016

The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative launched at the WTO’s 2005 Hong-Kong ministerial meeting has been successful at raising funds. But after five biennial reviews, showing that AfT flows have... READ MORE

NEWS

Making trade facilitation work in Africa: Lessons from the service delivery agenda

July 19, 2016

June 23 marked the UN Public Service Day, the official international day of recognition for the value and virtue of public service to the community and its role in the development process.

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NEWS

Trade facilitation: a priority for the continent?

July 19, 2016

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognises the important role that trade can play as a driver of sustainable and inclusive development. For this potential to materialise in Africa, however,... READ MORE

NEWS

TransCanada takes next step in NAFTA case on Keystone pipeline

July 15, 2016

Canadian energy giant TransCanada has now filed a request for investor-state arbitration in connection with the US government’s rejection last year of its application to build the cross-borde... READ MORE

NEWS

South Africa launches initiative to promote trade with African partners

July 14, 2016

Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, recently announced the upcoming launch of Trade Africa, which will replace what was previously known as the Africa Export Council.READ MORE

NEWS

Draft US Democratic Party Platform Notes Mixed Feelings on TPP

July 7, 2016

Lawmakers from the US Democratic Party wish to see trade deals that feature stronger environmental and labour protections, while having mixed feelings on the merits of the 12-country Trans-Pacific... READ MORE

NEWS

EU Commission: CETA to Face Votes in National Parliaments

July 7, 2016

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday that a planned trade deal with Canada be signed and provisionally applie... READ MORE

NEWS

Trade negotiations - no big deal?

July 1, 2016

The conventional wisdom in trade policy circles for some years now has been that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is incapable of moving ahead meaningfully on a modern trade negotiating agenda. I... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, Mexico Begin Talks to Update Economic Agreement

June 23, 2016

Negotiators have held their first round of talks to update a bilateral economic accord between the EU and Mexico, meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 13-14 June.

 

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NEWS

RCEP Countries Conclude Auckland Round, Eye Next Steps

June 23, 2016

Negotiators meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, last week continued their efforts to finalise talks this year for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a 16-country trade and investme... READ MORE

NEWS

The quest for a Pan-African Investment Code to promote sustainable development

June 21, 2016

The year 2015 was a crucial one for Africa regarding the negotiation of the first continent-wide investment agreement: the Pan-African Investment Code (PAIC).

 

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NEWS

WTO members eye preparations for enacting trade facilitation deal

June 20, 2016

WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for... READ MORE

NEWS

Argentina Welcomed as Pacific Alliance Observer

June 16, 2016

Argentina is now an official observer to the Pacific Alliance, the South American bloc that includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru as full members. As a result of the 9 June move, which wi... READ MORE

NEWS

Southern African Countries, EU Sign Trade Deal

June 16, 2016

On 10 June, six countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – specifically, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – signed an Economic... READ MORE

NEWS

WTO Members Eye Preparations for Enacting Trade Facilitation Deal

June 16, 2016

WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for... READ MORE

NEWS

Southern African Countries, EU Sign Trade Deal

June 14, 2016

On 10 June, six countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – specifically, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – signed an Economic... READ MORE

NEWS

Current, Future Trade Deals in Focus at Paris Ministerial Gathering

June 9, 2016

Making progress in current and future trade negotiations was touted as a valuable way for increasing productivity and generating inclusive growth, according to a joint ministerial communiqué issued... READ MORE

NEWS

African countries hold second CFTA Negotiating Forum

June 2, 2016

Representatives from the African Union’s (AU) member states held the second session of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF), continuing their work aimed at laying the f... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, Japan to Aim for 2016 "Agreement in Principle" on FTA

June 2, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently released its decisions in a dispute... READ MORE

NEWS

G-7 Leaders Warn of "Brexit" Risks to Trade, Investment Ahead of June Vote

June 2, 2016

Leaders from the G-7 coalition of major advanced economies issued a harsh warning last week over the ramifications a “Brexit” would have on the global economy, including for trade and i... READ MORE

NEWS

In Uncertain Economic Climate, APEC Trade Ministers Eye Areas for Growth

May 25, 2016

Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Arequipa, Peru, last week called for progress in a... READ MORE

NEWS

Obama "Confident" of TPP Passage, Touting Trade Benefits During Asia Trip

May 25, 2016

US President Barack Obama said on Monday that he is “confident” that his country’s Congress will be able to ratify a sweeping 12-country trade deal, even as election politics and... READ MORE

NEWS

Logistics are key to realise Africa's economic potential, says FIATA

May 23, 2016

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA, in French: Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés) released on 17 May 2016 a READ MORE

NEWS

Australia, Singapore Set to Upgrade Trade Deal

May 19, 2016

Australia and Singapore have agreed on a series of steps to build on their 2003 trade deal, officials announced earlier this month. The measures are in the context of the READ MORE

NEWS

EU Trade Ministers Review Next Steps for US, Canada Pacts

May 19, 2016

The European Commission has confirmed plans to submit a proposal to the European Council in June for signing the 28-nation bloc’s trade deal with Canada, amid continued questions over the pac... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, Mercosur Exchange Offers, Amid Brazil Political Turmoil

May 19, 2016

The EU and Mercosur exchanged offers on goods and services in their trade talks last week, in an effort to give new momentum to the long-running negotiations. The move comes amid a turbulent politi... READ MORE

NEWS

New Zealand Lawmakers Hold First "Reading" of TPP Legislation

May 19, 2016

New Zealand lawmakers held their first “reading” last week of an omnibus bill that would enact the necessary changes to domestic law for bringing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agr... READ MORE

NEWS

Questions Loom for TPP Timing as Rhetoric Escalates on US Campaign Trail

May 12, 2016

Two months ahead of the nominating conventions for the US’ main political parties, the remaining presidential contenders continue to escalate their rhetoric on trade deals, including the Tran... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, Japan Leaders Call for Trade Talks to Conclude in 2016

May 4, 2016

The European Union and Japan should aim to conclude their negotiations for a sweeping free trade deal this year, leaders from both sides said on Tuesday, following high-level meetings in Brussels.&... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, US Negotiators Push for 2016 Deal, Though "TTIP Light" Not an Option

May 4, 2016

Negotiators for an EU-US trade and investment deal concluded their thirteenth round of talks on Friday, with both sides reiterating their wishes to conclude an agreement this year, so long as it do... READ MORE

NEWS

NAFTA Tribunal Issues Ruling in Mesa Power-Canada Case

May 4, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently released its decisions in a dispute... READ MORE

NEWS

Trade takes centre stage at ACP Council of ministers

May 4, 2016

Trade issues took centre stage during the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which was held on 25-29 April in Dak... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, US Trade Chiefs Press for TTIP Advances Despite Election, Brexit Dynamic

March 24, 2016

Clinching an ambitious bilateral trade and investment pact in the near term remains a key strategic and economic priority, said the US’ and EU’s top trade officials last week, while ack... READ MORE

NEWS

Reflections on the WTO Nairobi outcome

March 10, 2016

The Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya was held in circumstances that left many members questioning the future of the WTO. 

 

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NEWS

CFTA negotiators establish their launch pad

February 29, 2016

The first meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) laid the groundwork for upcoming substantive negotiations on Africa’s largest free trade area. Negotiators are... READ MORE

NEWS

Trade, Economic Ties in Focus as US, ASEAN Leaders Meet

February 18, 2016

Regional trade and economic ties were high on the agenda during a two-day summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in the California resort of Sunnylands, held from 15-16 February. 

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NEWS

APEC Members Slash Tariffs on Environmental Goods, Group Says

February 4, 2016

Members of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) alliance have released documents detailing progress on implementing their joint pledge to cut applied tariffs to five percent or le... READ MORE

NEWS

TPP in the Spotlight as February Signing Date Approaches

January 28, 2016

The international debate on the potential merits and pitfalls of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement has ramped up in recent weeks, ahead of the pact’s scheduled signing by the part... READ MORE

NEWS

Obama Renews Call for TPP Ratification in Final State of the Union Speech

January 14, 2016

US President Barack Obama openly called upon domestic lawmakers to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, referring once more to the need for Washington to play a leading role in set... READ MORE

NEWS

South Africa, US Settle Poultry Row, Averting AGOA Suspension

January 14, 2016

South Africa and the US reached an agreement last week on the technical issues which have been blocking US meat – essentially poultry, pork and beef – imports into the African country.&... READ MORE

NEWS

Bridges Daily Update # 2 - WTO Negotiating Function Under Scrutiny as Ministerial Begins

December 17, 2015

Trade ministers continued to disagree over the future of the WTO’s negotiating function, as talks for the organisation’s Tenth Ministerial Conference (MC10) kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya... READ MORE

NEWS

Bridges Daily Update #4 - As Clock Runs Down, WTO Nairobi Talks Kick Into Gear

December 17, 2015

Negotiations at the WTO’s ministerial meet have gained pace, sources say, with Thursday’s talks set to run through the night as members search for common ground that enables them to adv... READ MORE

NEWS

Bridges Daily Update #3 - Technology Trade Deal Reached at Nairobi WTO Ministerial

December 16, 2015

A group of 53 WTO members negotiating a tariff-cutting agreement on information and communication technology goods reached a final deal in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday evening, bringing to a close... READ MORE

NEWS

Bridges Daily Update #1 - Divides Run Deep as Ministers Arrive at Nairobi WTO Meet

December 14, 2015

Trade ministers are arriving in Nairobi, Kenya to begin their latest biennial conference, set to be held from 15-18 December. Whether the WTO meet will indeed be able to yield substantive outcomes... READ MORE

NEWS

"Rules" outcomes on fisheries, trade remedies remain elusive ahead of Nairobi ministerial

December 10, 2015

The past year has seen a resurgence of activity in the WTO's rules negotiations, as various members of the global trade body revived debates on how to boost disciplines relating to anti-dumping... READ MORE

NEWS

From Bali to Nairobi: Securing a meaningful outcome for LDCs

December 10, 2015

As trade delegates gear up for the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya – the first such meeting to ever be held in Africa – expectations are high that the confere... READ MORE

NEWS

WTO Ministerial: A Time for Reflection in Nairobi on the Future of Global Trade

December 10, 2015

Within a matter of days, trade ministers will gather together in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi for the WTO's Tenth Ministerial Conference, marking the first time that the global trade body... READ MORE

NEWS

Environmental goods agreement trade talks stall ahead of Nairobi ministerial

December 9, 2015

A bid to seal the product list for a tariff-liberalising “Environmental Goods Agreement” (EGA) among a group of 17 WTO members ran into difficulties during the latest negotiating round... READ MORE

NEWS

China Invited to Join IMF Currency Basket

December 3, 2015

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed on Monday 30 November that it would be inviting China to join the other four currencies included in its Special Drawing Rights... READ MORE

NEWS

Crunch Time in Geneva as Trade Negotiators Prepare for WTO Ministerial

December 3, 2015

Less than two weeks remain before trade ministers begin their biennial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, with WTO members still deeply divided on specific deliverables and how to address the organisati... READ MORE

NEWS

The WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Assessing the scope for green procurement

December 1, 2015

The WTO's revised General Procurement Agreement (GPA) covers government purchasing of goods, services, and construction work valued at US$1.7 trillion annually. The most serious threat to the a... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law

November 27, 2015

The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly c... READ MORE

NEWS

Afghanistan bid for WTO membership set for approval at Nairobi ministerial

November 20, 2015

Afghanistan has now cleared one of the final hurdles for WTO membership, with officials confirming last week that negotiations in the Working Party tasked with that process are now completed. The e... READ MORE

NEWS

The Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement: A milestone for Africa’s regional integration process

June 23, 2015

The Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA), bringing together member and partner states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the... READ MORE

RESEARCH

TISA Talks Making Strong Progress, Officials Say

May 1, 2014

Participants of the plurilateral talks on liberalising services trade continue to make good progress, officials involved in the process confirmed yesterday, just a year after formal negotiations ki... READ MORE