Japan Gets TPP Invite, As APEC Calls for Faster WTO Talks

Volume
17,
Number
14
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25 April 2013
25 April 2013
The eleven countries currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement formally invited Japan into their ranks this weekend, pending the conclusion of their respective domestic procedures. The news of Tokyo's invite comes just over a month after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
25 April 2013
[Editor's Note: This special news update was published on Friday 26 April at 8:00 PM CET. More details will be made available in the next edition of Bridges Weekly, on 2 May. ] WTO officials today formally announced that Herminio Blanco of Mexico and Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of Brazil have...
25 April 2013
Fears that Brussels' planned negotiations with Washington on a bilateral trade and investment pact could lead to the loss of the controversial "cultural exception" has fuelled debate among EU trade officials this past week, with France being one of the most vocal in stressing the need for...
25 April 2013
Governments are facing a series of "convergence challenges" on the future of the international trading system, according to a report issued on Wednesday by a 12-member panel convened by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy. The report - which was issued under the Director-General's own responsibility...
25 April 2013
Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have made their last adjustments to a draft treaty on copyright limitations and exceptions for the visually impaired and print disabled, officials announced last week. However, sources say, some key issues still remain unresolved, with...
25 April 2013
Sobering trade and global growth estimates require a switch from a "three-speed recovery" to a full-speed one, top officials at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring Meetings said last week. Along with noting that a mix of policies would be needed to support this change - and...
25 April 2013
Brazil's rising farm subsidies mostly do not cause substantial trade distortion, suggest new figures from the government's report to the WTO. The data, released yesterday and covering farm support in 2009-10, indicates that total Brazilian farm support was double the level that was seen three years...
25 April 2013
Australia, China Downsize Planned Trade Pact, Official Says Canberra will no longer seek a comprehensive free trade agreement with Beijing, Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson said last week. The two sides will instead pursue a deal focused primarily on agriculture, he explained. The nearly...
25 April 2013
Coming soon 29 April, Geneva, Switzerland. WORKSHOP ON THE ROLE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS IN ENERGY POLICY. The aim of this WTO workshop is to shed light on the application of existing international rules embodied in the WTO and the Energy Charter Treaty to trade and investment in energy...
25 April 2013
IRISH PRESIDENCY SAYS ETS IS NOT DEAD. By viEUws (April 2013). This interview, conducted by Peter O'Donnell, features Irish Ambassador to the EU Tom Hanney. In the interview - conducted shortly after the European Parliament's vote against backloading 900 million carbon permits - the ambassador...