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04/02/2017
The New York Times

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural commodity, one at the center of its life and culture.

04/01/2017
The Economist

Back in October Theresa May promised to invoke Article 50, the legal procedure for leaving the European Union, by the end of March 2017. On March 29th the prime minister duly sent a six-page letter to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council of heads of EU governments.

03/31/2017
Monica de Bolle

After months of charged rhetoric on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a draft letter to Congress from the Trump administration appears to signal a willingness for constructive engagement in renegotiating the agreement.

03/31/2017
The Guardian

Donald Tusk rules out parallel talks – a key aim of Theresa May’s government – as he unveils draft EU negotiating guidelines. EU leaders have said there will be no talks on Britain’s future relationship with the bloc until the UK government makes “sufficient progress” on the Brexit divorce, including settling its bills and citizens’ rights.

03/31/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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 Development (UNCTAD), and African regional economic communities met this week at the 8th Meeting of the Continental Task Force (CTF) on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) to discuss potential strategies fo

03/30/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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.

03/30/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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 plans with his counterparts to begin upgrading their existing free trade agreements (FTAs) this year.

 

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03/16/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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 plans for such a project were put on hold.

03/16/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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 select other countries in the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, as well as meetings of other groupings on expanding trade and financial ties.

 

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03/16/2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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 “momentum” in supporting global growth.

 

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