104 results about WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)


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G20 Trade Ministers Call for "Urgent" Discussions on WTO Update and Efforts to Boost Confidence in Trade

September 20, 2018

Trade and investment ministers from the G20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies met last Friday in Mar del Plata, Argentina, calling for intensified “dialogue and action”... READ MORE

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From Facilitation 2.0 to trade policy 3.0: Opportunities to expand and extend the rules of global trade

June 11, 2018

Continued expansion of the multilateral agenda through the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and beyond, or Facilitation 2.0, represents a coherent basis for extendi... READ MORE

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Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

April 20, 2018

The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global industrial and societal reorganisation, of which the digitisation of economic acti... READ MORE

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The G20 and reimagining global rule-making for trade and climate action

March 5, 2018

Trade and climate change are inextricably intertwined. Yet the trade and climate regimes are set for a collision that could undermine their legitimacy and efficiency. This post argues that a hi... READ MORE

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Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

February 15, 2018

Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to reduce inequalities between and within countries, offering a tool for achieving the United Nations’ 10th Sustainable Development Goal.&... READ MORE

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World Trade Needs More Than a Nudge

January 17, 2018

Economists usually assume that people are rational.  This year’s Nobel Economics Prize winner Richard Thaler, however, argues that people don’t always make rational choices as it i... READ MORE

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WTO Ministerial: In Landmark Move, Country Coalitions Set Plans to Advance on New Issues

December 14, 2017

The WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference has drawn to a close, capping a busy week of talks which saw members only able to endorse limited substantive outcomes at the multilateral level. The... READ MORE

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New initiatives on electronic commerce, investment facilitation and MSMEs

December 13, 2017

Three proponent groups announced new initiatives to advance talks at the WTO on the issues of electronic commerce, investment facilitation and micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). The... READ MORE

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ITC, UNCTAD, WTO launch Global Trade Helpdesk

December 11, 2017

The International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the WTO today unveiled an innovative tool to help businesses, in particular smaller firms,... READ MORE

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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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Latin American Countries in the WTO Dispute Settlement System

December 6, 2017

Two out of eleven WTO Ministerial Conferences have taken place (or wil do so) in a country of Latin America (Mexico and Argentina). In this scenario, we consider that a quick overview of the partic... READ MORE

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Why the Boeing-Bombardier fight is neither about Trump nor Brexit

October 2, 2017

In the wake of last week’s move by the US Commerce Department to side with Boeing and order preliminary tariffs that would more than triple the price of Bombardier passenger jets importe... 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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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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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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China’s WTO entry benefits US consumers

June 28, 2017

China has become the world’s largest exporter, with a rapid rise in its world trade share just after it joined the WTO in 2001. This column finds that China’s WTO entry reduced the US m... 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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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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National Committees on Trade Facilitation: current practices and challenges

June 8, 2017

The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information on national experiences, best practices and recommendations with respect to the establishment and functioning of NCTFs. It is based on... READ MORE

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Committee on Trade Facilitation meets for first time

May 16, 2017

Concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, the TFA entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. In line with the Agreement, the... 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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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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Asia’s dynamism at risk in US and China’s competing visions for global trade

May 3, 2017

Donald Trump, US president, asserts that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength”. In contrast, President Xi Jinping of China insists that “we must promote trade and investment, liberal... READ MORE

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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

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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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Theory and evidence for the last two decades of tariff reductions

April 26, 2017

Tariff barriers today are small on average, suggesting only limited welfare gains from their removal. This column argues, however, that the current generation of standard trade models have missed a... READ MORE

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Trump threatens to tear up the trade rule book

February 27, 2017

The framework of rules for global trade has withstood some fearsome ructions over the past few years. The rise of China, which aroused resentment about job losses across the world; the global financia... 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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Major global agreement comes into force making trade cheaper, easier and faster

February 22, 2017

Waiting times at customs points for trucks bringing goods into the East African nation of Rwanda dropped from an astonishing 11 days in 2010 to 34 hours in 2014 thanks to an automated "single window"... READ MORE

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WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

February 22, 2017

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In... READ MORE

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Canada ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 16, 2016

Canada has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 103rd WTO member to do so. Only seven more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force. 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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The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them

November 29, 2016

Trade agreements involving the US could be the first economic casualty of the 2016 election. The existing US trade agreements rose from the ashes of WWII and the Great Depression. This column argue... READ MORE

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APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Lima

November 20, 2016

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies concluded the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima on Sunday by adopting a Declaration on advancing quality growth and human development. READ MORE

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What consequences would a post-Brexit China-UK trade deal have for the EU?

October 7, 2016

A China-UK free trade agreement has been extensively discussed since the UK’s vote for Brexit. Many supporters of Brexit argue that the UK’s regained flexibility to strike trade deals w... READ MORE

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The Importance of Inclusive Trade in Economic Development

September 28, 2016

This past two weeks, leaders from around the world gathered in New York to attend the United Nation’s General Assembly. One of the topics of discussion was the READ MORE

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Trump, Clinton target trade deals at a time when globalization is stalling

September 27, 2016

The steady march of globalization that powered the world economy for the past 30 years is stalling out at a time when leading political figures in the United States and elsewhere have become increasin... READ MORE

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US Exit from WTO Would Unravel Global Trade

July 26, 2016

In his latest attack on US trade policy, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has threatened to exit the 163-country World Trade Organization (WTO), which the United States played a le... READ MORE

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What’s ahead for the WTO: Looking around the corner and beyond

July 26, 2016

Trade ministries, just as other parts of government, need to respond to calls from the public and from global leaders for action on major issues. This column argues that armed with potential policy op... READ MORE

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Report urges WTO members to resist protectionism and “get trade moving again”

July 25, 2016

WTO members need to avoid putting up barriers and “get trade moving again” in order to address slow global economic growth, according to the Director-General’s mid-year report on trade-related develop... READ MORE

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The Changing Global Trade Architecture: Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Development

July 1, 2016

This piece explores questions around the changing global trading architecture over the past 15 years. It examines how these changes have impacted on Africa’s economic development and the natu... READ MORE

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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

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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

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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

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TPP: The New Gold Standard for Intellectual Property Protection in Trade Agreements?

June 3, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, with its emphasis on dismantling behind-the-border trade restrictions and on fostering regulatory coherence, is often referred to as the new “gold stand... READ MORE

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Can the WTO Embrace Regional Trade Agreements?

June 1, 2016

One of the reasons – certainly not the only one - why countries have moved to regional negotiations is the long... READ MORE

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The WTO: between multilateral and regional trade initiatives

June 1, 2016

The WTO is at a critical juncture. For almost 70 years, the multilateral trading system embodied first by the GATT and now by the WTO has provided an unprecedented level of stability and predictabi... READ MORE

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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

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Members renew attempts to deepen WTO scrutiny of regional trade agreements

April 8, 2016

WTO members revived this week long-standing talks to deepen the WTO’s scrutiny of regional trade agreements (RTAs) in line with instructions laid out by ministers last December. Provisions in the rece... READ MORE

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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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India likely to review FTAs after WTO's facilitation pact kicks in

February 23, 2016

India may take a re-look at its free trade agreements once the World Trade Organization's trade facilitation agreement (TFA) comes into force. The move follows a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nare... READ MORE

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The TPP and the Sputtering Global Trade System

January 26, 2016

With the death-knell of the Doha Round seemingly signaled at the recent Nairobi Ministerial, and questions about the relevancy of the WTO intensifying, anyone reflecting on the current state of the gl... READ MORE

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Enhancing Coherence and Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System in an Era of Regionalism

January 22, 2016

This paper examines the implications of this new era of regionalism and offers recommendations on how the system of RTAs can best be leveraged to advance trade and development. Seven policy options... READ MORE

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Regulatory Cooperation: Lessons from the WTO and the World Trade Regime

January 22, 2016

Trade friction today is largely due to regulatory diversity as contemporary markets are chiefly segmented through non-tariff barriers. The purpose of the paper is to enquire into regulatory coopera... READ MORE

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Recovery From Trade Swoon May Be Slow

January 19, 2016

Say goodbye to the golden age of the container ship. Compared with the level of economic growth, global trade is in the midst of its worst slowdown in decades. And even if imports and exports pick up... READ MORE

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Post-Doha trading system: Five points for African economies to consider

January 6, 2016

The package that came out of the December 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi—the first hosted by an African nation—has been hailed as one of the most substantial pac... READ MORE

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Post-Doha trading system: Five points for African economies to consider

January 6, 2016

The package that came out of the December 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi—the first hosted by an African nation—has been hailed as one of the most substantial pac... READ MORE

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Africa to Export Duty, Quota-Free Cotton

December 30, 2015

African countries can now export their cotton to developed countries duty-and quota-free as from January 2016 following a global deal sealed in Nairobi at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministeria... READ MORE

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Azevêdo welcomes efforts to help implement Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 17, 2015

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed on 17 December the pledges made by governments and private sector entities to help developing and least-developed countries implement the WTO’s Trade Facilita... READ MORE

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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

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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

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Ministers approve Afghanistan’s WTO membership at MC10

December 17, 2015

Trade ministers unanimously welcomed Afghanistan’s WTO membership deal, which was approved at a ceremony attended by Mr Mohammad Khan Rahmani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Director-Genera... READ MORE

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South Africa to open poultry quota Friday

December 17, 2015

South Africa will open a new tariff-free quota for U.S. poultry on Friday in an effort to avoid a suspension of its benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, South African Trade Minister... READ MORE

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The Nairobi Ministerial - Time to Pull the Plug on the Doha Development Round?

December 17, 2015

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is holding its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. While a deal promoting the interests of developed countries, known as the Doha Development Agenda (DDA)... READ MORE

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Africa Nations to Consider Cotton Case If Nairobi Talks Fail

December 16, 2015

African nations are considering presenting a case against governments they accuse of distorting trade in cotton if this week’s negotiations in the Kenyan capital don’t deliver a favorable deal. Cotton... READ MORE

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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

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IT tariffs slashed in biggest WTO deal since 1996

December 16, 2015

More than 50 members of the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday concluded the biggest tariff-reduction deal in almost two decades, eliminating restrictions on the $1.3tn trade of 201 IT products. Th... READ MORE

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The WTO’s Nairobi meetings: time to stop the rot

December 16, 2015

The World Trade Organization’s Tenth Ministerial Conference gets under way today in Nairobi – the first time the meetings have been held in Africa. Fourteen years ago, the WTO launched its Doha Round... READ MORE

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Hopes fade for Doha trade talks deal as WTO convenes in Kenya

December 15, 2015

Hopes of a breakthrough in the stalled Doha trade negotiations at World Trade Organisation gathering this week have faded after the conference chairwoman rejected calls for a new approach. Diplomats s... READ MORE

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WTO Conference Opens in Kenya

December 15, 2015

The first World Trade Organization’s ministerial conference on African soil has begun in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Addressing the 10th ministerial conference Tuesday, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister... READ MORE

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Kenya offers major push for Bali trade deal ahead of WTO meeting

December 14, 2015

Kenya has signaled willingness to support the implementation of the 2013 "Bali Package" by ratifying the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) reached at a previous ministerial meeting of the World Trade... READ MORE

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The United States tries to euthanize the Doha round

December 14, 2015

One of the truisms of the postwar multilateral trade negotiations is that each “round” of trade talks has been longer than the previous one. The Uruguay round, which led to the creation of the World T... READ MORE

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WTO Failure to Adapt to Trade Shifts Could Hamper Nairobi Talks

December 14, 2015

The World Trade Organization could miss an opportunity to advance fairer international trade at its 10th ministerial conference in Kenya this week as it struggles to respond to a growing shift toward... READ MORE

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WTO failure to adapt to trade shifts could hamstring progress at Nairobi talks

December 14, 2015

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) could miss an opportunity to advance fairer international trade at its 10th ministerial conference in Kenya this week as it struggles to respond to a growing shift t... READ MORE

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We are at the end of the line on the Doha Round of trade talks

December 13, 2015

This week trade ministers will gather to engage once again in the Doha Round of talks which, for all the initial hopes it represented, simply has not delivered. If global trade is to drive development... READ MORE

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Battle lines drawn as WTO meet begins in Nairobi

December 12, 2015

Just two days before the World Trade Organization's (WTO) 10th ministerial conference is set to begin in Nairobi on December 15, India is facing a tough battle ahead. While India has maintained an unf... READ MORE

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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Canada and Mexico win trade ruling over US livestock law

December 7, 2015

Canada and Mexico have won a trade victory over US law requiring country of origin labelling on beef and pork.The World Trade Organisation ruled the policy violated the North American Free Trade Agree... READ MORE

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DG Azevêdo urges flexibility and political will for a successful Ministerial Conference

December 7, 2015

In his report to the General Council on 7 December about the potential outcomes of the Nairobi Ministerial Conference, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged WTO members to “seize the last opportunity... READ MORE

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TISA: Local leaders call for transparency and social standards in services

December 4, 2015

The European Committee of the Regions' plenary session adopted on 4th December an opinion on the local and regional perspective of the multilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which aims at lib... READ MORE

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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

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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

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The WTO turns 20, but will it make it to 30?

December 1, 2015

The recently agreed upon but not yet signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will cover 12 countries and 40 percent of global GDP, is certain to loom large as the World Trade Organization (WTO)... READ MORE

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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

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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

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The Future of the Global Trade and Investment Architecture

November 19, 2015

The global trade and investment architecture (GTIA) plays a critical role in shaping the organisation and structure of international commerce – from production and distribution to consumption... READ MORE

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US Efforts to Ensure that Regulation Does Not Present Trade Barriers

November 5, 2015

Making domestic regulation more coherent and expanding cooperation between regulators has the promise of lowering the unnecessary costs of regulation for companies and consumers and thus translatin... READ MORE

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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

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From Spaghetti Bowl to Jigsaw Puzzle? Addressing the Disarray in the World Trade System

October 1, 2014

The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggests that the world trade system is fragmenting to the point it... READ MORE

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World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Assessing the Level of Ambition and Likely Impacts

September 1, 2014

At the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in Bali on 3–6 December 2013, the ministers agreed upon the WTO Agreement on Trade facilitation (ATF). This pape... READ MORE

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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

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How Much Will the Davos Initiative Help Reduce Trade Barriers in “Green Goods”?

March 1, 2014

At its launch in 2001, the Doha Round of trade negotiations was dubbed the round for the “Developing Countries and for the protection of the environment.” Under Doha, World Trade Organi... READ MORE

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Global Value Chains: The New Reality of International Trade

December 2, 2013

Global value chains have brought about important changes for the world trading system, not just in the structure and composition of trade but also in their implications for the role of the WTO. The... READ MORE

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Will the WTO have Functional Value in the Mega-regional World of FTAs?

December 1, 2013

If all mega-regional trade and economic integration projects under negotiations are successfully completed, it would see the most important international goods, services, and investment transaction... READ MORE

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The 2013 WTO Bali Ministerial: Prospects and New Horizons

November 1, 2013

Failure to address these issues will make further significant progress on the Doha Round difficult, notwithstanding a successful outcome in Bali. An important wild card is what impact other large b... READ MORE

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Southeastern Promises?: An Appraisal of the Russia-ASEAN Economic Partnership

August 1, 2013

In July 1996, Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) established a comprehensive ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Despite these efforts, neither Russia nor ASEAN are priori... READ MORE

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How Can Trade Policy Help America Compete?

October 1, 2012

This policy brief argues that the United States needs new initiatives that discipline foreign practices, increase access to foreign markets, revitalize the World Trade Organization (WTO), improve t... READ MORE

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Developing an Enduring Strategy for ASEAN

January 1, 2012

The U.S.-ASEAN Strategy Commission was organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide useful and practical recommendations to American policymakers with the objec... READ MORE

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A Decade in the WTO: Implications for China and Global Trade Governance

December 16, 2011

China's 10 years of membership in the WTO has taken place against a backdrop of dynamic change in the world economy. Indeed, China's participation in the WTO and the implications of its mem... READ MORE

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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