Countdown to "Brexit" Vote Stokes Fears of Economic Backlash

Volume
20,
Number
22
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16 June 2016
16 June 2016
As next week’s referendum on the UK’s future in the European Union fast approaches, the debate over the economic implications of a “Brexit” has reached even greater heights, with polls indicating mixed feelings among its citizens on whether to leave or stay. The UK referendum is scheduled for...
16 June 2016
On 10 June, six countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – specifically, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU in Kasane, Botswana. Those SADC countries, also referred to as the SADC...
16 June 2016
The WTO’s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council discussed the topic of e-commerce last week for the first time since 2003, sources said, during a 7-8 June meeting in Geneva. Other topics on the meeting’s agenda included sustainable resources and low emission...
16 June 2016
The WTO’s highest court has said that a Colombian compound tariff on imports of textiles, apparel, and footwear is inconsistent with global trade rules , despite reversing some of an earlier panel’s ( DS461 ) findings. The Colombian compound tariff has been in place since 2013, with the tariff made...
16 June 2016
Argentina is now an official observer to the Pacific Alliance, the South American bloc that includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru as full members. As a result of the 9 June move, which will see President Mauricio Macri attend the group’s upcoming meeting in Santiago, Chile, on 1 July,...
16 June 2016
WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for entry into force have now been submitted to the Geneva-based organisation. The multilateral accord was adopted...
16 June 2016
US cotton producers will receive one-off payments totalling US$300 million, the US Department of Agriculture announced last week . The payments will be made under the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program. Cotton “ginning” is the process by which cotton fiber is separated from the seed. Farmers will...
16 June 2016
Coming Soon 20-24 June, Washington, US. TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR. Held at American University’s Washington College of Law, this seminar is designed to provide participants with the skills to negotiate and implement international trade agreements with sustainable development provisions,...
16 June 2016
EVALUATING NAIROBI: WHAT DOES THE OUTCOME MEAN FOR TRADE IN FOOD AND FARM GOODS? Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (May 2016). This study reviews the outcome of the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, as it relates to agricultural...