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Trade Watch 2018: Brexit

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email On March 29, 2019 the United Kingdom (UK) is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). On what terms? What will Brexit mean for the future of the UK’s trading relations with the EU and the rest of the world? Just over a year ago (on March 29, 2017), UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, informed the EU of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. Her act honored the outcome of the June 23rd Brexit referendum.This act...

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Do Gender Issues Belong in a Trade Agreement?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Do gender issues belong in a trade agreement? “Yes!”, says Canada. The updated Canada – Chile Free Trade Agreement contains a gender chapter, the first of its kind for a G-20 country. And Canada has proposed that a gender chapter also be included in re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This chapter would be modeled along the lines of the one in the Canada-Chile FTA. Why do gender issues belong in a...

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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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