24 March 2015

财新网 (CAIXIN)

记者 陈沁

对于广大欠发达国家来说,跨境电子商务将使这些国家的民众能够享受贸易投资自由化带来的益处;该领域既得利益者少,谈判的阻力将相对较小

国务院发展研究中心副主任隆国强3月24日在北京《后巴厘工作方案与内罗毕部长会议前瞻:暨纪念WTO成立20周年》会议上表示,随着信息技术进步,跨境电子商务或可纳入世界贸易组织(WTO)谈判新议题。

  隆国强说,过去10年,中国电子商务蓬勃发展,使社会低收入人群参与到经济发展中来,给了人们创业新机会。“对于广大欠发达国家来说,跨境电子商务将使这些国家的民众能够享受贸易投资自由化带来的益处。”

  他表示,跨境电子商务仍属于新领域,既得利益者少,谈判的阻力将相对比较小。

  不过,他亦指出,跨境电子商务在物理层面需要有基建支持,在制度层面要有监管支持,发展中国家在这两方面还有很长的路要走。

23 March 2015

CNBC

Negotiators concluded another round of TPP discussions on Sunday in Hawaii, sparking some protests but making "significant progress" on a number of issues, according to William Craft, the deputy assistant secretary of state for trade policy and programs in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

23 March 2015

XINHUA

在21日举办的2015年中国发展高层论坛上,700多名中外嘉宾以“新常态下的中国经济”为主题,就全球经济趋势、中国未来改革等重大和话题进行了广泛讨论。在广受关注的世界经济领域,代表们在论坛的多项活动中热议了世界经济趋势、全球贸易体系建设、国际新秩序的建立、实现可持续发展以及全球能源问题等热点话题。

  全球经济趋势向好

  美国哥伦比亚大学教授杰弗里·萨克斯表示,世界经济比一年前更健康,现在已经进入新的阶段:美、日、英和欧央行的量化宽松政策在稳定经济方面起到了非常重要的作用;石油价格的下挫短期支持了经济,而技术行业极具活力,对宏观经济有部分颠覆作用。

  他同时指出,许多经济体在投资结构方面还存在巨大的不平衡,需要在劳动力、基础设施、自然资源和社会资本等多方面均衡进行投资,但大部分的经济体只是在做其中部分投资。

  美国纽约大学教授保罗·罗默认为,不必对当前经济发展过于悲观。全球一体化、科技的发展、创新的共享等方面都在发生积极的结构变革。目前需要做的是在稳定政策的基础上应对结构性的挑战。

20 March 2015

THE NATIONAL LAW REVIEW

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the examination of patent applications pertaining to clean technologies.

16 March 2015

THE ECONOMIST

THREE characteristics define Egypt, claimed Gamal Abdel Nasser, its charismatic former president. The country is Arab and Muslim, to be sure. But the third feature, Nasser implied, is not as well recognised. “Can we possibly ignore the fact that there is an African continent that fate decreed us to be part of?” he asked. Nasser embraced Africa, fostering leaders who sought to emulate his Egyptian revolution.

9 February 2015

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

By Barrie McKenna

Megaregional deals are the latest and greatest thing in the world of trade.

These sweeping agreements will eventually tie much of the planet into vast new free-trade zones, with advanced, and often overlapping, rules covering everything from investments and services to labour and environmental standards.

30 December 2014

BUSINESS STANDARD

By Harsha Vardhana Singh

India is being left out of the emerging global trade architecture

9 December 2014

BUSINESS STANDARD

By Nayanima Basu

27 November 2014

THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS

By Harsha Vardhana Singh

There is not much time before we face a new paradigm of trade regulations

20 November 2014

THE NEW YORK TIMES

By ANDRÉS CALA

MADRID — The European Union agreed last month to keep open until 2030 a loophole allowing some of its biggest atmospheric polluters to avoid bearing an increasing share of the costs of cutting global-warming emissions.

24 October 2014

YALEGLOBAL ONLINE

By Shuaihua Cheng

China could ask to join TPP, but would prefer finalizing the Doha Round with the WTO

GENEVA: The fact that the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, does not include China raises questions: Is the TPP meant to be an “anyone but China” club to contain the central kingdom? Will China react with competing trading blocks to escalate economic hostility against the US? What does this mean for the future of the global trade order?

18 October 2014

BUSINESS STANDARD

By Harsha Vardhana Singh

The US has taken significant steps to try and resolve the deadlock on the Doha Round - it is now time for India to reciprocate

9 October 2014

SOLARSERVER

The Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI) Alliance on October 8th, 2014 announced that Siemens AG (Stuttgart, Germany), a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, has become the latest member of the SETI Alliance.

8 September 2014

ALLABOUTFEED

By Emmy Koeleman

8 September 2014

WORLDCEMENT

Read Part One of this article here.

25 August 2014

BUSINESS STANDARD

By Harsha Vardhana Singh

How Narendra Modi should explain India's stand on trade to Barack Obama in September, and how Indo-US cooperation could take the trade agenda forward

8 August 2014

THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS

Contrary to popular perception, India has little to worry about its product-specific support to agriculture exceeding the limits prescribed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a recent study has revealed.

This implies that New Delhi’s aggressive stance at the world body, seeking leeway from the cap on public stockholding for food security or even a total waiver from the restriction citing the resource-poor status of its farmers, lacked rationale.

30 July 2014

MLEX MARKET INSIGHT

By Jennifer Turner

There's no guarantee that negotiation on mega-regional trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Paciific Partnership will succeed, say experts including Uri Dadush and Peter Draper. 

Dadush, an economist with the Carnegie Endowment for Internatioanl Peace, and Draper, a senior research fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs, made the remarks during a debate* in Geneva yesterday.

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21 July 2014

IISD-REPORTING SERVICES

Several civil society groups provided reactions on the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) revised zero draft prior to the opening of the 13th session of the OWG. In the revised draft of introduction, goals and targets, which was issued on 30 June 2014, the number of targets was reduced from 212 to 107, plus 40 targets on means of implementation (MOI).

14 July 2014

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