Canada, Japan, Mexico Press for Entry into Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

Volume
16,
Number
17
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2 May 2012
2 May 2012
Six months after expressing interest in joining the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, Canada, Japan, and Mexico have yet to join the nine-country talks, with a high-profile bilateral meeting in Washington between the US and Japanese heads of state on Monday ending without a formal...
2 May 2012
The Farm Bill process passed another milestone last week, after the US Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of the omnibus legislation that supports agriculture, conservation, and nutrition. The US Congressional Budget Office estimates that the proposed legislation will involve a US$26...
2 May 2012
The ongoing economic crisis took centre stage at the thirteenth ministerial meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII), as developed and developing countries sparred over how the UN agency should best tackle the crisis. The six-day gathering, which closed on Thursday 26...
2 May 2012
Five months on from the eighth WTO ministerial conference, members are still looking at options for moving out of the Doha Round impasse, with the contentious issues of industrial market access and agriculture having seen little progress during recent negotiations in Geneva. "Clearly, the situation...
2 May 2012
Harsh words continue to fly between the EU and Argentina following Buenos Aires' nationalisation of Spanish-owned oil and gas company Repsol YPF, as the legislation associated with the takeover makes its way through the Argentine Congress. Meanwhile, in Geneva, Argentina's import policies have...
2 May 2012
The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) hit a new roadblock last week, as ACTA rapporteur David Martin formally asked the EU Parliament to reject the accord due to its possible impacts on civil liberties, suggesting instead that the Commission look for alternative solutions for...
2 May 2012
The possibility of widespread measures restricting beef imports originating from the United States appears to have faded, following an initial scare over the 24 April announcement that a cow in the US state of California had tested positive for mad cow disease. Canada, Japan, Mexico, and South...
2 May 2012
Montenegro formally joined the WTO on 29 April, becoming the 154th member of the global trade body. Samoa is expected to follow suit next week, with its accession set to become formalised on 10 May. The membership of both countries was approved by members at last year's WTO Ministerial Conference;...
2 May 2012
9 May, Geneva, Switzerland. PLURILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: IN OR OUT OF THE WTO? MFN OR PREFERENTIAL? This event, organised by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, will feature a presentation on plurilateral trade agreements by Joost Pauwelyn, a professor of...
2 May 2012
FRAMEWORK FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT. Published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (April 2012). The authors of this policy brief - Gary Hufbauer and J. Bradford Jensen of the Washington-Based Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Sherry Stephenson of...