9 December 2014


By Nayanima Basu

27 November 2014




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

20 November 2014



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


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


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


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


By Emmy Koeleman

China's developmental aid to Africa is impressive. Apart from construction, private companies heavily invest in agriculture, increasing the African market and trade opportunties with the rest of the world. But will Africa profit from these investments, and what are the downsides of the Chinese engagement?


8 September 2014


Read Part One of this article here.

25 August 2014


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


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


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.


21 July 2014


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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11 July 2014


(...) The ICTSD is a Geneva-based non-profit organization that seeks to advance sustainable development through trade-related policymaking. The center hosted an all-day event commemorating the launch of the talks on July 8, which was attended by both delegates from the 14 WTO members and stakeholder groups.

11 July 2014


By Peter Brun

Access to renewable energy will be easier if the World Trade Organisation removes tariffs on environmental goods

A meeting room in Geneva may seem a world away from the rural reaches of Africa and Asia, but the process that began at World Trade Organisation (WTO) headquarters earlier this week could affect millions around the globe.

11 July 2014


By Jennifer Freedman

(...) The EU has already liberalised trade in most of the products on the APEC list. But the bloc sees an eventual EGA as a stepping stone to helping Europe achieve other goals, said Monika Hencsey, head of unit for the European Commission’s Directorate General for trade.

10 July 2014


By Jake Colvin

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a process to eliminate tariffs on green technologies as a means to encourage their development and use.

10 July 2014


By James Murray

Critical talks are underway to bring an end to import tariffs on green goods and services, ending clean tech trade wars.

A little-noticed meeting in Geneva this week could result in the biggest single boost to the global green economy in years, as confidence grows that an international free-trade agreement for environmental goods could soon be agreed.

10 July 2014


By:  Edgar Meza

Trade representatives of 14 governments, including Costa Rica, the U.S., the EU, Australia, Japan and China are working to make environmental goods cheaper and more accessible to people around the globe.

A group of 14 nations and regions have launched international negotiations aimed at eliminating tariffs on "environmental goods," including such products as PV panels and solar water heaters.

10 July 2014


In order to cut trade tariffs and custom duties,  14 WTO members include China, the EU, the US and Taiwan announced to begin a new series of trade negotiations to reduce green products’ tariffs. This may involve in trade talks between China, EU and the US to end the solar trade wars.