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Trade Watch 2018: NAFTA Renegotiations – Part II

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email (In Part I, we explained that while Canada and Mexico seek to “modernize” NAFTA, the U.S. has said it seeks to “restructure” NAFTA.) Even as NAFTA negotiators concluded the 7th round of negotiations (March 5th in Mexico), the threat to “Kill NAFTA” resonates. Negotiators agreed on the rules for regulatory practices and sanitary physo-sanitary (SPS) – key to the agriculture sectors.  However, US proposals to...

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Trade Watch 2018: NAFTA Renegotiations

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 | 1 comment

Follow Email The threat to “Kill NAFTA” was a consistent promise of Trump as a presidential candidate. Instead, while the threat remains, on May 18, 2017 the Trump Administration announced its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). To what end? And what is the status of NAFTA renegotiations? As of February, 2018, the three parties – Canada, Mexico, and the United States – have completed six...

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Davos 2018 on the Fractured Global Economy

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Under the theme – Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World – attendees of the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos recognized that the undeniable gains from the growth in international trade have bypassed some countries and some people in just about every country. However, the meeting was short on remedies to address this reality. Fractured Global Economy The World Economic Forum (WEF) is held annually in Davos,...

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Opportunity to Advance a Development Dimension to Investment Facilitation

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email The Joint Ministerial Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development adopted on the last day of the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (for our discussion on the Ministerial click here), signals an opportunity to advance a development dimension to investment facilitation. The Joint Ministerial Statement called for the start of structured discussions with the aim of developing a multilateral...

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Trade Watch 2018: The World Trade Organisation, Part II

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email – In Part I we discussed the weak and divided outcomes from the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference.   Institutional Concerns Several institutional factors explain the weak and divided outcomes from the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference. The WTO’s consensus approach to decision-making means that nothing is decided until all Members agree. Each of its 164 (as of July 2016) members has one vote. This governance structure slows...

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