12 July 2016


By Dana Sanchez

The top three investor economies to Africa in 2015 were the U.S., ($66 billion), the U.K. ($64 billion), and France ($52 billion), according to a new U.N. report.

12 July 2016

The Financial Times

By Alan Beattie

As the UK and the rest of the world adjust to last month’s historic vote to leave the EU, a big issue remains far from decided: what kind of relationship post-Brexit Britain will seek with the rest of the bloc.

One scenario much discussed by free traders within the Brexit ranks, as well as those who want a clean break with the rules of the EU, is known as World Trade Organisation access.

23 June 2016

China News Daily

By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

China has highlighted "robust trade and investment" as a key theme in a document announcing the priorities for this year's G20 summit. China's 13th Five Year Plan aims to double its 2010 GDP per capita by 2020, signaling a continued opening up of the economy, alongside important domestic structural reforms. Chinese leadership of the G20 is acting on these priorities by championing the establishment of a groundbreaking trade and investment working group (TIWG).

31 March 2016

China’s nationwide ETS can have significant implications for the future of carbon markets worldwide, according to Jeff Swartz of carbon trading business association IETA. In a paper published for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, he examines how the presence of a Chinese ETS may affect competitiveness and carbon leakage concerns in other countries, and, related to that, the further uptake and ambition of carbon markets.

Read the original article at CARBON PULSE.

22 March 2016


31 January 2016

By Simon Lester

On Friday, ICTSD and WTI Adivisors hosted an excellent discussion of the US - Tuna II WTO Appellate Body report, with Lorand Bartels, Joel Trachtman, Iain Sandford, David Agnew, and Matthew Owens as speakers. You can view the recording here

27 January 2016


It's time for global trade rules to catch up with the explosive growth in digital trade over the past decade, a group of experts said in a new paper released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, our Doug Palmer reports. The proposals to address what has been dubbed “the newest battleground in international trade” include negotiating a digital trade agreement among willing members of the World Trade Organization and developing a dispute settlement mechanism.

25 January 2016

Reuters with Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza

SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said he will step down from his post at the end of January to take the helm of the newly created Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)

Mr. Balisacan has served as economic planning secretary since 2012. Once he steps aside, Deputy Director-General Emmanuel F. Esguerra will take on the role as officer-in-charge of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

24 January 2016

The Hindu Business Line

22 January 2016


DAVOS: Reducing commercial friction and investment uncertainty are among the measures that can boost global trade as well as help reintegrate the world's "spaghetti bowl" of regional free trade and investment agreements, says a report.

22 January 2016

DAVOS, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum(WEF) and InternationalCentre for Trade and Sustainable Development Friday released a sweeping set of proposedreforms to international trade and investment rules and institutions.

Themed Strengthening the Global Trade and Investment System in the 21st Century, thereport was crafted by 375 leading experts from 15 Expert Groups (E15), aiming to fill voidleft by failure to reach Doha Round agreement.

18 January 2016

Climate Progress

By Jeremy Deaton

Plummeting costs for renewable energy have finally made solar and wind a viable alternative to fossil fuels. But what’s responsible for the drop in price? Technological innovation and expanded manufacturing share some of the blame, but less examined is the low cost of intellectual property.

13 January 2016


By Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger

The EU and the US need to be aware that going it alone with TTIP comes at a high price: the initiative incentivises the formation of economic blocs, rather than the much vaunted shaping of globalisation, write Clara Weinhardt and Fabian Bohnenberger.

Clara Weinhardt is post-doctoral fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences and Research Associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

28 December 2015


By Rene Vollgraaff 

Negotiators at the World Trade Organisation’s ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, agreed to end direct export subsidies on farm produce even as 14-year-old talks on trade development remain unresolved.

21 December 2015


By Rene Vollgraaff and David Malingha Doya

Negotiations at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi agreed to end direct export subsidies on farm produce even as 14 year-old talks on trade development remain unresolved.

Developed countries will immediately eliminate export- subsidy entitlements while developing nations must end direct support by the end of 2018, according to the ministerial declaration accepted at the weekend in the Kenyan capital.

20 December 2015

Al Jazeera

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has come under renewed criticism for failing poor and developing countries in their 14-year-long battle to achieve a breakthrough in key agricultural trade talks.  

Several countries, including Kenya, India and Pakistan, have been calling the WTO to force developed countries to phase out subsidies paid to farmers whose overproduction threatens the livelihoods of farmers in the developing world.

19 December 2015


By Rene Vollgraaff and David Malingha Doya

Negotiators at the World Trade Organisation’s ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, agreed to end direct export subsidies on farm produce even as 14-year-old talks on trade development remain unresolved.

15 December 2015


Interview with ICTSD Chief Executive Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz.

14 December 2015


New Delhi: Negotiating officials at the 10th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which begins on Tuesday will be hard-pressed to show that the multilateral body can still deliver deals, amid widely divergent expectations and rising bilateral and plurilateral deals.

The four-day meeting, however, will begin without any substantial item on the agenda or negotiating text, which would make it all the more difficult to arrive at a deal that would satisfy both sides.