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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 2017

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Follow Email It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention that several developments of 2016 will bear fruit in 2017. Trade Watch 2017 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: Brexit: Britain must act on its vote to leave the European Union. January 17, (2017) Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her 12-point plan for doing so. It includes negotiation of a new, bold, and ambitious free trade...

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Trump Trade Policy: A Preview

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Global markets initially reeled in response to Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. They have since recovered, but a preview of Trump trade policy helps to explain the initial nervousness. Protectionism In his trade platform to “make America great again”, Mr. Trump promised, among other things, to take the following steps: Strengthen trade enforcement by applying tariffs on goods from countries that...

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U.S. Presidential Candidates on Trade

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email With the election about a month away, we use this post to take a look at the U.S. Presidential candidates on trade. Hillary Clinton on Trade Hillary Clinton as President will continue the general course of President Obama’s foreign trade policy. This course has focused on three main issues: Expanding market access through trade agreements; Enforcing trade rules in favor of US businesses; and Expanding exports through his...

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Why Trade Matters to Everyone

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum of 2014 was held under the theme – “Why Trade Matters to Everyone”. With the importance and relevance of trade being questioned in the US elections, and indeed around the world, this theme is still worth addressing. The WTO Forum aimed to tell “the human story behind trade”. It demonstrated how trade impacts the daily lives of citizens through a focus on three...

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