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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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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: The Nairobi Package on LDCs

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The Nairobi package adopted at the WTO 10th Ministerial Conference (December 15-19, 2015) contained the Nairobi Ministerial Declaration along with five Ministerial Decisions. The three Ministerial Decisions on Agriculture were discussed in our last post. This post discusses the two Decisions on Least Developed Countries. 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) meet the United Nations (UN) definition as the world’s poorest...

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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: The Nairobi Package on Agriculture

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The World Trade Organization (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference was held, for the first time in WTO history, in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya. Scheduled for December 15-18, 2015, extending discussions for a fifth day allowed the Ministers to reach consensus on the Nairobi Package. In the Ministerial Declaration, WTO members reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the WTO as the global forum for negotiating trade rules and for trade governance...

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The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email One of the sessions held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum pre-launched the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The Alliance is a public-private partnership being established to support successful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The WTO Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement is one of the key components of the Bali Package agreed to during the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference. The TF Agreement introduces...

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FDA Kicks FSMA Into High Gear

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Coincidence or not, following closely on the heels of major food poisoning incidents in the United States, the FDA kicks FSMA into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that there are about 24 multi-state (involving at least two states) food contamination outbreaks each year. That averages two major outbreaks each month. The most recent outbreak involved E. coli from fresh produce which led Chipotle to...

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