198 results about REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS (RTAS)


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Asia-Pacific Summits Update: RCEP Talks in "Final Stage," Extending into 2019

November 15, 2018

A series of high-level summits in the Asia-Pacific region are getting underway this week, kicking off with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and concluding with the Asia-Pacific Ec... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Summits Update: RCEP Talks in "Final Stage," Extending into 2019

November 15, 2018

A series of high-level summits in the Asia-Pacific region are getting underway this week, kicking off with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and concluding with the Asia-Pacific Ec... READ MORE

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EU Trade Talks with New Zealand, Indonesia Advancing Steadily, Officials Say

November 15, 2018

The European Commission recently circulated updates on the progress seen in two different negotiating processes, specifically with Indonesia and New Zealand, earlier this month, referring to valuab... READ MORE

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EU Trade Talks with New Zealand, Indonesia Advancing Steadily, Officials Say

November 15, 2018

The European Commission recently circulated updates on the progress seen in two different negotiating processes, specifically with Indonesia and New Zealand, earlier this month, referring to valuab... READ MORE

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Europe, Asia Leaders Prep for High-Level Summit, With Trade and Cooperation to Headline Agenda

October 18, 2018

Leaders from the European Union and from a host of Asian countries are meeting in Brussels, Belgium, this week for a high-level gathering that is due to tackle subjects like economic cooperation, t... READ MORE

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RCEP Ministers Assess Progress, Call for "Further Improvements" Ahead of Year-End Target

October 18, 2018

Ministers representing 16 Asia-Pacific countries called for “further improvements” in negotiating a sweeping trade accord, while outlining some advances in talks on the framework of rul... READ MORE

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EU, Canada Officials Review CETA Performance, Endorse Recommendations on Climate and Gender

October 11, 2018

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) celebrated late last month its one-year anniversary since its provisional entry into force, with officials meeting in a &... READ MORE

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US, Peru Assess Efforts to Tackle Illegal Logging Under Trade Accord

October 4, 2018

In late September, an interagency US committee issued a report via the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that deemed that while Peru has made valuable headway in its forest ma... READ MORE

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US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Draws Scrutiny as Partners Prep for Signature, Ratification Processes

October 4, 2018

Canada, Mexico, and the United States have clinched a deal to revise and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the trade accord that has governed regional cross-border commerce s... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Facilitation 2.0: Services and Trade in the Digital Age

October 1, 2018

Although services facilitation is recent topic of discussion at the World Trade Organization, it is not novel in the context of regional trade agreements (RTAs), where provisions on increased trans... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Facilitation 2.0: E-Commerce and Trade in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018

With a growing number of transactions available on the internet, the interconnection between regulatory issues creates unprecedented complexities for both transaction subjects and policymakers. Thr... READ MORE

NEWS

US, Japanese Leaders Announce Plans to Negotiate Bilateral Trade Deal

September 27, 2018

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement from New York on Wednesday 26 September where they announced plans to start formal negotiations for a bilat... READ MORE

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Mercosur Holds First Negotiating Round for Korea Trade Deal, Looks to EU Next Steps

September 20, 2018

Officials from the South American customs bloc Mercosur held negotiating meetings last week with South Korea and the European Union, respectively, as the coalition looks to cement trade ties with n... READ MORE

BLOG

Practical ideas for aiding regional trade dispute settlement now

September 13, 2018

Effective dispute settlement raises the value of trade agreements and the return on governments’ investment in trade agreement negotiations.

Three practical ideas coul... READ MORE

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EU Commission: Promising Start to Negotiations for Australia, New Zealand Trade Deals

August 2, 2018

The European Commission recently circulated reports about the early negotiating rounds with Australia and New Zealand, respectively, for free trade agreements (FTAs) with both countries, indicating... READ MORE

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Australia, UK Officials Advance Trade Deal Preparations

July 26, 2018

Trade and foreign ministers from Australia and the United Kingdom met last week to advance preparations for a bilateral trade deal between their countries, including discussions on the implications... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Negotiators Weigh Possible Target Dates for Resolving Trade Talks

July 26, 2018

Negotiators and ministers from the EU and Mercosur held a series of meetings this month in Brussels, Belgium, to take stock of their efforts to develop a trade accord, along with whether they shoul... READ MORE

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Pacific Alliance, Mercosur Leaders Ink Plan for Closer Ties at Puerto Vallarta Summit

July 26, 2018

The presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru wrapped up a presidential summit for the Pacific Alliance this week, agreeing to bring the bloc closer with the neighbouring customs union Mercos... READ MORE

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EU, Japan Leaders Sign Trade Deal, Look Towards 2019 for Entry into Force

July 19, 2018

Leaders from the EU and Japan signed a sweeping free trade accord in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday 17 July, touting the accord as a testament of their support for the rules-based, multilateral trading s... READ MORE

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UK, US Officials Confirm Plans for Trade Pact in Post-Brexit Era

July 19, 2018

Officials from the UK and US held a series of both technical and high-level political meetings last week on trade relations post-Brexit, including the fourth session of a bilateral “Trade and... READ MORE

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RCEP Trade Ministers Set End-2018 Target for “Package of Outcomes”

July 5, 2018

The top trade officials from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) coalition have pledged to endorse a “package of outcomes” by the end of the year, in a bid to help wr... READ MORE

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US President, Mexican President-Elect Consider NAFTA Next Steps

July 5, 2018

Mexico’s left-wing presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, won national elections on Sunday 1 July, setting the stage for the Morena Party leader to take office in... READ MORE

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EU, Australia Launch Negotiations for Free Trade Pact

June 21, 2018

On Monday 18 June, the EU and Australia formally launched negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA). European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström travelled to meet with Australian Pri... READ MORE

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Italian Official Suggests CETA Ratification Could Face Domestic Hurdles

June 21, 2018

Italy’s agriculture minister has hinted that his country’s legislature might not ratify a major free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, citing concerns over whether the existing... READ MORE

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India, Singapore Upgrade Trade Deal, Pledging to Boost Economic Ties

June 7, 2018

India and Singapore have clinched a deal to update their Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), in a bid to boost bilateral trade and facilitate economic cooperation on multiple front... READ MORE

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EU Gives Green Light to Australia, New Zealand Trade Talks, Amid Packed Council Agenda

May 24, 2018

Trade ministers from the EU’s 28 member states gave their backing on Tuesday 22 May for the launch of negotiations for trade accords with Australia and New Zealand, paving the way for formal... READ MORE

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Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area Gets Underway

May 24, 2018

Two months after over 40 nations signed a framework agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories are now beginning the ratification process, while also looking at the... READ MORE

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China, New Zealand Leaders Tout Potential of Updated Trade Deal

May 17, 2018

Top officials from China and New Zealand called this week for ramping up negotiating efforts to clinch an updated trade deal, highlighting the value this could have for warding off protectionist pr... READ MORE

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NAFTA Ministerial Concludes, Negotiators Press to Address Remaining Issues This Week

May 17, 2018

High-level talks last week to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) closed without any major breakthrough in efforts to reach an agreement in principle, with trade ministers pledgi... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Negotiations to Resume, Officials Suggest Deal Possible Soon

May 9, 2018

Negotiators from the EU and South American customs bloc Mercosur are reportedly due to reconvene this month, as officials push for an agreement in principle that would help wrap up the nearly two-d... READ MORE

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Preparations for EU-Australia Trade Talks in the Spotlight as Macron Visits Sydney

May 3, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Sydney this week to discuss with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pathways to regional and bilateral cooperation on a suite of pressing policy iss... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: A Trade Court for the World

May 1, 2018

This paper examines the reasons behind the underutilisation of dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements (RTAs). It suggests that countries could use the World Trade Organization d... READ MORE

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EU, Mexico Reach “Agreement in Principle” to Update Trade Accord

April 26, 2018

The EU and Mexico have finalised an “agreement in principle” to update their 18-year-old trade deal, with the revisions due to increase agricultural market access substantially, along w... READ MORE

BLOG

Options for future proofing regional trade agreement dispute settlement mechanisms

April 26, 2018


After decades of experience in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization, trading nations have become accustomed to orderly and predicable mechanisms for r... READ MORE

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Options for future proofing regional trade agreement dispute settlement mechanisms

April 26, 2018

After decades of experience in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization, trading nations have become accustomed to orderly and predicable mechanisms for resol... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Regional Trade Agreement Dispute Settlement Mechanisms: Modes, Challenges and Options for Effective Dispute Resolution

April 19, 2018

The importance of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and their dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) will likely continue to grow considering the dynamics of the multilateral trade negotiations and th... READ MORE

NEWS

US Officials Look to Next Steps on Trade Negotiating Agenda

April 19, 2018

The past week has seen a series of potential signals from the US on next steps for different trade negotiating processes, amid varying statements from US President Donald Trump on whether he may pu... READ MORE

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Preparations for Post-Brexit Trade Deals Continue with US, Australia

March 29, 2018

Trade officials from the United Kingdom have been meeting with their US and Australian counterparts over the past fortnight to continue setting the stage for deeper economic ties and possible trade... READ MORE

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South Korea, US Clinch Agreement in Principle to Update KORUS Trade Pact

March 29, 2018

Seoul and Washington have reached an agreement “in principle” that would revise the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), South Korea’s trade ministry confirmed this week. The te... READ MORE

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Trilateral Trade Talks Resume Between China, Japan, and South Korea

March 29, 2018

Trade negotiations between China, Japan, and South Korea resumed from 22-23 March, nearly one year after officials held their previous round. The three countries are also part of a broader effort t... READ MORE

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African Leaders Launch Continental Free Trade Area

March 22, 2018

African leaders gathered at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday 21 March to launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with high hopes ac... READ MORE

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US-Korea Trade Talks Continue with Steel Tariffs in the Background

March 22, 2018

Negotiators from the US and South Korea met last week in Washington to continue discussions on amending their free trade agreement, known also as the KORUS FTA. The talks come at a time of heighten... READ MORE

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Countries Sign Pacific Rim Trade Deal, Call for “Expeditious” Ratification Process

March 15, 2018

The 11 countries forming the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are now beginning their domestic processes to ratify the accord, with the hopes of bringin... READ MORE

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EU Trade Talks with Mexico, Mercosur Press Onward

March 8, 2018

Negotiations to clinch a trade deal and association agreement between the EU and Mercosur are slated to be extended further, though officials say they hope an agreement in principle can be wrapped... READ MORE

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EU, ASEAN Ministers Call for Greater Efforts to Advance Trade Talks

March 8, 2018

Officials from the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged on Friday 2 March to speed up their efforts to negotiate free trade agreements, both at the bilateral level and... READ MORE

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NAFTA Countries Close Out Three More Chapters as Political Calendars Tighten Up

March 8, 2018

Trade negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States finished work on three more chapters of an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during their seventh round of talks in Me... READ MORE

BLOG

Fixing NAFTA’s institutional deficit

March 7, 2018

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides a path for institutional innovation. This post argues that the institutions that were created by NAFTA have either... READ MORE

NEWS

CPTPP Partners Gear Up for Signing Ceremony, Ratification Process

February 22, 2018

Countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are preparing to gather in Santiago, Chile, in two weeks to sign the updated trade accord, whose text... READ MORE

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Canada, Mercosur Eyeing Possible Trade Negotiations Launch Next Month

February 22, 2018

Canada and the South American trading bloc Mercosur are reportedly expected to announce the formal launch of trade talks next month, during a meeting on 9 March between Canadian trade minister Fran... READ MORE

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EU Officials: US Participation in Paris Climate Deal Key for Resuming Trade Talks

February 15, 2018

Officials from some EU member states and the bloc’s executive branch have affirmed in recent weeks that the US’ continued participation in the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate chan... READ MORE

NEWS

Trudeau, Freeland Make Case for NAFTA As Trade Negotiators Prepare for Next Round

February 15, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded a trip to the US this past weekend to discuss trade and other areas of cooperation with state and local leaders, touting the potential for an update... READ MORE

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Pacific Alliance, Associate Members Advance Trade Talks, Eye New Economic Opportunities

February 8, 2018

The second round of the Pacific Alliance’s negotiations with its potential “associate members” wrapped up on Friday 2 February in Gold Coast, Australia, with officials from the co... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Ministers Ramp Up Efforts to Close Trade Deal During Brussels Meeting

February 1, 2018

Ministers have been meeting in Brussels this week, hoping to get within the final stretch of sealing a long-awaited trade deal uniting the EU and the four members of Mercosur, the South American co... READ MORE

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NAFTA Parties Wrap Up Anti-Corruption Chapter, Acknowledge Continued Divides

February 1, 2018

Ministers from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries said on Monday 29 January that they had essentially wrapped up a chapter on anti-corruption and advanced in various other ne... READ MORE

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U.S. Says Some Progress Was Made at Latest Nafta Talks

January 29, 2018

The U.S. is pushing for a breakthrough on its touchiest Nafta proposals within a month, underscoring the fragility of the new mood of optimism after Canada and Mexico came forward with fresh ideas.... READ MORE

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As NAFTA talks drag, Mexico suggests timeline could be extended

January 26, 2018

 A senior Mexican official on Friday suggested talks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement could be extended to give officials more time to address major disagreements threateni... READ MORE

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Botswana to sign Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

January 26, 2018

The Tripartite Free Trade Area comprise of 26 countries from the three (3) Regional Economic Communities of COMESA, the EAC and SADC. The Tripartite Free Trade Area consists of a combined populatio... READ MORE

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EU, Australian Officials Work to Set Stage for Trade Talks

January 25, 2018

Efforts continue apace for the expected launch of EU-Australia trade talks, with Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo READ MORE

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EU, Chile Negotiators Begin Laying Groundwork to Update Trade Deal

January 25, 2018

Officials from the European Union and Chile concluded a weeklong round of negotiations in Santiago, Chile, last Friday, aiming to set the stage for updating their trade accord, which dates back ove... READ MORE

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Singapore Becomes ASEAN Chair, Charts Path for Future of Regional Integration and Cooperation

January 18, 2018

Last week, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched his country’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2018. As the Philippines passes along the b... READ MORE

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EU Talks with Mexico, Mercosur Push On For 2018 Trade Deals

January 17, 2018

Trade negotiations between the EU and a number of Latin American countries are picking up in the new year, with officials aiming to clinch an updated EU-Mexico agreement and a long-waited EU-Mercos... READ MORE

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Nafta withdrawal would hit US GDP without helping trade deficit

January 15, 2018

Oxford Economics, a consultancy, reckons no NAFTA deal would wife half a percentage point off US GDP growth in 2019 if the US president pulls the trigger to exist the free trade accord next year.&n... READ MORE

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Chances of U.S. leaving NAFTA must be taken seriously: Canada

January 11, 2018

The United States must be taken seriously when it says it might walk away from NAFTA, Canada’s foreign minister said on Thursday, a day after government sources said Ottawa was increasingly c... READ MORE

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Mexico will leave NAFTA talks if Trump triggers process to withdraw

January 10, 2018

Mexico will leave the NAFTA negotiating table if U.S. President Donald Trump decides to trigger a 6-month process to withdraw from the trade pact, three Mexican sources with knowledge of the talks... READ MORE

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Africa’s first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018

January 8, 2018

Businesses within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) could save up to $450 million in clearance documentation once the bloc adopts blockchain technology for clearing imports... READ MORE

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South Korea sees speedy trade talks with U.S., but 'uphill battle' ahead

January 8, 2018

South Korea’s trade ministry said on Monday it anticipates an “uphill battle” to revise its bilateral trade deal with the United States, but it expects Washington to proceed with... READ MORE

BLOG

Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Modern Regional Trade Agreements and Reducing the Risk of “Regulatory Chill”

January 4, 2018

It is now nearly always the case that regional trade agreements (RTAs) include provisions designed to facilitate and protect foreign direct investment (FDI).  Controversially, an RTA feature o... READ MORE

NEWS

UK looks to join Pacific trade group after Brexit

January 2, 2018

Britain has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit.

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EU and Mexico say they are 'very close' to new free-trade deal

December 21, 2017

A new free-trade deal between the European Union and Mexico is “very close” to agreement but there are still issues such as agricultural access to hammer out, senior officials from both... READ MORE

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Japan-EU trade deal seen boosting Japan's GDP by 1 percent per year over time

December 21, 2017

 A free trade deal with the European Union would boost Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 1 percent annually once the benefits fully kick in over 10-20 years, a government estimate... READ MORE

NEWS

Africa’s CFTA trade accord holds promise in spite of barriers

December 20, 2017

Africa is proving to be one of the arenas for moving regional trade negotiations forward. 

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BLOG

The politics of NAFTA Renegotiations

December 19, 2017

The biggest benefit of trade agreements for most countries may be their ability to ‘lock in’ policy reforms.   Major reforms to significant economic sectors, such as agricultu... READ MORE

NEWS

EFTA and Ecuador hold fifth round of negotiations

December 18, 2017

From 11 to 15 December 2017, the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and Ecuador held the fifth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEP... READ MORE

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Mexico sees possible EU trade deal as NAFTA talks drag on

December 13, 2017

Mexico and the European Union could reach a framework for a trade deal by the end of the year, though differences remain over agricultural market access, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo... READ MORE

BLOG

RTAs and the Economics of Disintegration

December 13, 2017

The growing appeal of populist messages and doubts about the benefits of globalization materialized into two major developments in 2016: the referendum that led to decision of the United Kingdom to... READ MORE

NEWS

EU's Malmstrom sees Mercosur trade deal by early 2018

December 12, 2017

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc are closing on a deal which could come early in the new year, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told repor... 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

NEWS

EU, Japan conclude world's largest free trade agreement

December 8, 2017

The European Union and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world’s largest open economic area, signaling their rejection of the more protectionist stance of U.S. P... 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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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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Peru, Australia Clinch Free Trade Pact

November 16, 2017

Officials from Australia and Peru announced last week that they have finished talks on a bilateral trade accord, concluding a negotiating process that was announced last year and formally launched... 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

NEWS

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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Long live the TPP — Pacific trade pact survives largely intact

November 13, 2017

Despite US withdrawal, the remaining 11 nations agreed to retain much of the original text

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ASEAN signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong

November 12, 2017

Hong Kong signed free trade and investment agreements with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday, in what one of the Chinese territory’s officials called a “lou... READ MORE

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

On NAFTA, America, Canada and Mexico are miles apart

October 21, 2017

American demands are so extreme some suspect it of not wanting a deal at all.

 

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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

RESEARCH

SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017

October 13, 2017

This year’s report focuses on regional trade, the most common form of trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It finds that deep regional trade agreements help deliver inclu... READ MORE

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

BLOG

Sustainability provisions in RTAs: Options for multilateralisation

September 26, 2017

The incorporation of sustainable development provisions in deeper regional trade agreements has expanded over time. In this article, the authors explore prospects for usi... READ MORE

NEWS

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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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

NEWS

Bringing the CFTA About: Key Factors for Success

September 20, 2017

How can African negotiators and policymakers ensure that the CFTA will be successful? With the imminent release of the latest edition in the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa report series,... READ MORE

NEWS

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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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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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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

RESEARCH

The effect of regional trade agreements on growth volatility

May 8, 2017

The debate over regional trade agreements is ongoing. It has been argued that they can heighten exposure to shocks as they lead to more specialisation, and conversely that they can alleviate volati... READ MORE

RESEARCH

One size does not fit all: On the heterogeneous impact of free trade agreements

April 28, 2017

There is a large empirical literature examining the effects of free trade agreements. However, most studies to date have focused on a common average effect across all agreements or have assumed tha... READ MORE

NEWS

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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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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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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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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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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

South Korea Seeks to Jump-Start Central America Ties With Regional Trade Deal

December 19, 2016

Representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama concluded negotiations for a free trade deal last month, with the final agreement expected to be si... READ MORE

NEWS

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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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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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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

RESEARCH

Comparing Safeguard Measures in Recent Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

November 17, 2016

As negotiators pursue talks on a workable agricultural safeguard mechanism at the World Trade Organization, it is critical that they have access to up-to-date and reliable information on the extent... READ MORE

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

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

Who Hates Free Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters

September 21, 2016

Few issues in this campaign cycle seem as toxic as trade: Both major-party presidential candidates oppose President Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and congressional leaders, having refus... 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Do comprehensive trade agreements generate more trade? A conjecture to reconcile alternative theories

June 20, 2016

Ours is an age of free trade agreements (FTAs) of all sorts and of various depth and breadth in the issues they cover - simple bilateral preferential trade agreements, broad economic partnership ag... 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

The ISDS controversy: How we got here and where next

June 1, 2016

In recent years the debate over investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) has heated up and in Europe is reaching boiling point. European governments were once the main force behind modern investmen... READ MORE

BLOG

The RTA Exchange: Why now?

May 26, 2016

At ICTSD for a number of years we have been closely studying the nature and evolution of today’s  global trade and investment system, better described using Keohane and Victor’s READ MORE

NEWS

The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a set of international economic rules

May 23, 2016
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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

Mega-regional agreements and global trade governance: Ensuring openness and inclusiveness in an increasingly complex system

May 19, 2016

The key challenge for policymakers in international trade over the coming years will be to ensure that mega-regional and plurilateral agreements complement rather than undermine the multilateral tr... 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

RESEARCH

The contribution of mutual recognition to international regulatory co-operation

January 26, 2016

This study takes stock of the institutional setting, operational modalities, strengths and weaknesses of various forms of mutual recognition when used in different sector and country contexts. It a... READ MORE

NEWS

Russia suspends free-trade deal with Ukraine from 2016

December 17, 2015

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree suspending Russia's free-trade agreement with Ukraine as of January 1, the same day Kiev is set to enter a similar trade deal with Brussels. Ukrai... READ MORE

NEWS

Africa's tripartite free trade deal urged to be ratified quickly

December 14, 2015

A tripartite free trade agreement signed in June by three African regional blocs was urged to be ratified quickly, according to the outcome of a meeting of Council of Ministers of the Common Market fo... READ MORE

NEWS

Landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Deal Seen as Model for SE Asia

December 14, 2015

Expect to see more Vietnamese buying Italian machinery and more Austrians wearing sneakers from Vietnam, as the southeast Asian country moves closer to finalizing a trade deal with the European Union.... READ MORE

NEWS

Kenya votes through new WTO trade agreement

December 12, 2015

Kenya has voted through a new Trade Facilitation Agreement with less than a week before it hosts an important high-level World Trade Organisation meeting. The East African country skirted the deadl... 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

Vietnam, European Union Ink New Free Trade Pact

December 4, 2015

Vietnam and the European Union inked a new free trade agreement Tuesday in a move both sides hailed as a boost for ties as well as the EU’s relationship with Southeast Asia more generally.&nb... READ MORE

NEWS

E.U., Vietnam complete trade negotiations

December 3, 2015

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n T?n D?ng announced on Dec. 3 that they had officially concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (F... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Beyond TPP: Sharing an Economic Strategy in Asia

November 1, 2015

This paper discussed the need for the United States to have a comprehensive economic strategy toward the Asia-Pacific, a region that will do more to determine U.S. interests over coming decades tha... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

October 14, 2015

Safeguard measures are designed for application when sudden and unexpected import surges cause or threaten to cause harm to domestic industry; recognising that even fair trade can negatively affect... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Competition Policy within the Context of Free Trade Agreements

September 23, 2015

This think-piece reports the findings of a mapping exercise of the competition-related provisions of 216 free trade agreements (FTAs) included in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Regional... 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

Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean: Striving for a Diverse and Dynamic Relationship

March 1, 2015

For Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia has gone from an afterthought to a centerpiece of economic relations over the last decade. Seemingly out of nowhere, fast-growing Asian economies bec... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

January 1, 2015

This report is an empirical review of ISDS, based on the record of disputes under existing investment treaties.

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Mega-regionals and the mega-mess: A way out

June 1, 2014

This column discusses the difficulties involved in consolidating free trade agreements at the regional level, and argues that piecing together the blocs around the world will be even more challengi... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Study of Non-Notified Trade Agreements to the World Trade Organization

May 1, 2014

This paper attempts to reveal those RTAs upon which the WTO fails to shed the light of the transparency exercise. While many studies have pointed out that there are many non-notified RTAs as a rese... READ MORE

RESEARCH

China’s regional and bilateral trade agreements

March 1, 2014

After joining the WTO in 2001, China has entered into a number of trade agreements. Those currently in consideration are substantially larger than the initial ones. China, more than any other large... READ MORE

RESEARCH

RTA Exchange: Organising the World’s Information on Regional Trade Agreements

March 1, 2014

This think piece argues that the traditional approaches to monitor, constrain, and regulate RTAs are antiquated, both because WTO Members are not invested in such approaches, and because RTAs are o... READ MORE

RESEARCH

South Caucasus–People’s Republic of China Bilateral Free Trade Agreements: Why It Matters

January 1, 2014

This paper assesses the PRC’s FTA strategy, the potential for regional integration in the South Caucasus, and the likely impacts of an FTA on the economies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, an... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Regional Trade Agreements: Development Challenges and Policy Options

December 1, 2013

Regional trade agreements (RTAs) have proliferated around the globe in the past decades. There has been an intense debate about their implications for the world trading system. By now, the evidence... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The 2013 ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting & Its Implications for the United States

August 1, 2013

The 45th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and related meetings will be held in Brunei from August 20 to 24. The AEM provides a platform for economic and trade ministers from the 10 ASEAN memb... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Pacific Alliance: An Example of Lessons Learned

July 1, 2013

With many economies in the industrialized world struggling since the 2008-09 global recession, many countries in the European Union continue to post negative growth rates, while U.S. growth remains... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Informal Cross Border Trade in Africa: Implications and Policy Recommendations

November 1, 2012

Despite being a source of income to about 43 percent of Africa’s population, informal cross border trade (ICBT) is generally regarded as illegal commercialization of cross border activities.... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Regional Integration in the Americas: State of Play, Lessons, and Ways Forward

April 1, 2011

Examination of the extent of liberalization in regional trade agreements (RTAs) in the Americas in comparison with other regions of the world, to discuss the potential future of integration in the... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Regional Rules in the Global Trading System

January 1, 2009

A major obstacle to advancing the understanding of RTAs is the absence of detailed information about their contents. This limits empirical analysis of their economic effects and policy debate betwe... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Gatekeepers of Global Commerce: Rules of Origin and International Economic Integration

January 1, 2008

Rules of origin are a crucial market access instrument in the rapidly proliferating network of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world. In this volume, Estevadeordal and Suominen reve... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Beyond Borders: The New Regionalism in Latin America

October 1, 2002

Regional integration initiatives have long been part of the world economic landscape. In Latin America, integration flourished in the early post-war era but then lost momentum until the 1990s, when... READ MORE