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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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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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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email The WTO 10th Ministerial Conference is underway, taking place from December 15-18, 2015. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference is the organization’s highest decision-making body and meets every two years. For the first time in its history, the meeting is being held in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya. What is on the agenda? Expansion Liberia and Afghanistan will formally join the WTO as its 163rd and 164th...

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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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Trade Watch 2015

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Trade Watch 2015 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: US-Cuba Relations: President Obama has announced a slight easing in its trade policy towards Cuba. The embargo remains in place (that can only be lifted or changed by US Congress). However, effective January 16, 2015, new regulations are in place to implement the announced changes. Look out for how the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)...

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