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Trump Trade Agenda

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email The Trump trade agenda is in the news. Since January (2018), the Trump Administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, started a trade war with China, and re-negotiated the 6-year old Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The Administration also continues NAFTA re-negotiations and most recently is considering having the U.S. re-join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement left within three days of Trump...

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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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Trade Watch 2018: The World Trade Organisation – Part I

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Do the weak and divided outcomes of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference signal that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is becoming another example of failed multilateralism? Launched in 1995 as the world’s rulemaking organization on international trade, the stated primary purpose of the WTO is “to open trade for the benefit of all”. It seeks to act as a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to...

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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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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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