US Senate Signs Off on Trade Legislation; House Fight Up Next
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28 May 2015
The US Senate approved legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for President Barack Obama last Friday, after weeks of political wrangling and heated debate. The legislative fight is now expected to move to the House of Representatives, where the outcome is still less than certain...
25 May 2015
Energy ministers and officials from over 75 countries, as well as organisations including the EU and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), adopted and signed a new International Energy Charter (IEC) during a summit held last week in The Hague, The Netherlands. The IEC is a political...
29 May 2015
经过数周的政治角逐和激烈辩论,美国参议院于上周五通过了重续贸易促进授权(TPA)法案。立法争斗现在将转移到众议院,结果仍有很大的不确定性。 上周五,参议院以62票赞成、37票反对的投票结果通过了这项法案。此前一天,参议院通过了“限时结束辩论并进行投票”的程序,防止反对者使用冗长发言拖延投票。62个赞成票中,14位是民主党议员,48位是共和党议员。(《桥》周报, 2015年05月22日 ) 贸易促进授权为美国的贸易协定设立主要的谈判目标,并允许谈判最终文本提交给国会直接进行赞成或反对的投票,而不能进行修改。上一次的贸易促进授权始于2002年,并于2007年到期并失效。...
29 May 2015
周二,国际货币基金组织(IMF)的官员宣布,根据对中国的最新评估,人民币“不再被低估”。 该声明标志着该国际金融机构的一个显著转向,以前,IMF一直认为中国政府对人民币进行着严格控制。许多中国的贸易伙伴,特别是美国,认为中国的货币太过疲软,人为造成了中国的出口比起外国竞争者的商品更有吸引力。 IMF北京代表处在一份 声明 中称,“虽然人民币低估是在过去造成极大不平衡的主要因素,我们现在的评估是,去年以来的实质性、真实有效的人民币升值已经把汇率提升到了一个人民币不再被低估的水平。” 尽管有这些进步,IMF仍然敦促中国政府官员继续努力实现更大的汇率灵活度,建议中国在未来两到三年达到一个“...
29 May 2015
世界卫生组织(WHO)年会在周二晚间结束,成员国们签署了一系列的决议,从批准延长知识产权和公共卫生战略到设定关于卫生研发的“全球气象站”的启动日期。 今年的世界卫生大会于5月18-26日在WHO日内瓦总部举行,紧凑的日程涉及的话题包括改进对紧急卫生事件的应对(特别是在埃博拉病毒发生的背景下),以及世界卫生大会对室内外空气污染给生命健康带来消极影响的首次讨论。 关于正式延长知识产权和公共卫生全球战略 上周,世界卫生大会正式签署了对全球公共卫生、创新和知识产权计划和行动战略(GSPA-PHI)的延长,同意该计划持续进行到2022年,原计划的战略审议改到2018年进行。 (GSPA-PHI)...
28 May 2015
The Chinese Renminbi is “no longer undervalued,” officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday, following its latest review of the Asian economic giant. The announcement marks a notable shift for the international finance institution, which has long argued that Beijing has...
28 May 2015
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual Assembly drew to a close on Tuesday evening, with member states signing off on a series of resolutions ranging from an extension to the organisation’s strategy on intellectual property and public health, as well as setting a launch date for a “global...
28 May 2015
В 2014 г. объем товарооборота сельскохозяйственной продукции между Россией и Беларусью вырос более чем на 3% и достиг 6 млрд долларов США. При этом экспорт российской сельхозпродукции в Беларусь увеличился более чем на 14%, до 1,2 млрд долларов США. Соответствующее заявление сделал Министр...
27 May 2015
Brasil e China assinaram 35 acordos que reforçaram significativamente a cooperação bilateral. Os acordos tratam especialmente da facilitação de investimentos chineses no país, que devem representar uma injeção de US$ 50 bilhões na economia brasileira. Agricultura, energia e infraestrutura foram os...
27 May 2015
Senators Chris Coons (Delaware) and Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) introduced a bill entitled “Africa Free Trade Initiative Act” on 19 May 2015. The objective is to task the American President to establish a plan to negotiate and enter into Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Sub-Saharan African countries. The...

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