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 Women and Trade in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday 20 June.
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 this year under the German presidency, is slated to see the topic of trade take centre stage.
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 negotiations for the trade and development deal began.
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 officials, including US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, during his trip to the North American nation last week.
The US will lose an estimated US$3.1bn from its exports due to its Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) withdrawal, a new study shows. Meanwhile the remaining 11 members would enjoy marginal gains from the US’ TPP withdrawal, with Mexico and Canada set to benefit most.
The trade talks with the US will kick off next month as British officials start to scope out plans for a deal, with the aim of setting up a free trade agreement as soon as possible after Brexit.
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to seek a broad agreement on trade at next month’s Group of 20 summit and told German business leaders that she won’t give up on a free-trade deal between Europe and the U.S.
During a fourth round of negotiations held from 6 to 9 June 2017 in Mexico City, delegations from the four EFTA States and Mexico continued their negotiations on a review of their Free Trade Agreement.
A U.S. pork industry leader has expressed strong hopes to see Washington and Tokyo quickly strike a free trade agreement, following the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “We would be satisfied if we could just get what was in the TPP,” Ken Maschhoff, president of the National Pork Producers Council, said in an interview.
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 outlining her country's approach to certain foreign policy priorities such as trade, climate action, and women's rights.