Questions Linger As EU, US Consider Launching Trade Talks

Volume
17,
Number
4
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6 February 2013
6 February 2013
Top officials from both the US and EU have been meeting over the past week to discuss the possibility of launching bilateral trade talks, leaving observers and analysts to speculate whether the long-awaited announcement might soon be on the horizon. However, questions remain over whether the two...
6 February 2013
Talks regarding a planned services plurilateral agreement have continued advancing, sources have confirmed to Bridges. Participants of the 21 member group met in Geneva last week to address a series of technical issues relating to the planned trade pact, including ways to schedule commitments, a...
6 February 2013
A UN group tasked with defining a new post-2015 development agenda completed their second substantive meeting last week in Monrovia, Liberia focusing on the theme of "National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity." Civil society was also actively present, providing their input to the three-day...
6 February 2013
[Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Monday, 4 February, as a Bridges Special Edition. It is reprinted here for your reference.] The nine candidates in the running to become the next WTO Director-General made their cases to members last week on why they are best suited to lead...
6 February 2013
The WTO welcomed Laos into its ranks on Saturday, with the landlocked Asian country becoming the 158th member of the Geneva-based trade body. Tajikistan is soon set to follow, with its accession scheduled to take effect on 2 March. Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao...
6 February 2013
Trade restrictions over food safety concerns were in the spotlight this past week, as Russia announced that it would be banning imports of US beef, pork, and turkey due to questions over the use of a feed additive. Meanwhile, Japan has lifted various long-standing bans on beef imports from the US,...
6 February 2013
More coherence is needed between public health, intellectual property (IP), and trade policies in order to advance innovation and improve access to medicines, according to a joint report released by the WTO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO...
6 February 2013
8-10 February, Dhaka, Bangladesh. SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FOR SOUTH ASIA. This workshop is being jointly hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia (ESCAP), and the UN Development...
6 February 2013
INTERNATIONAL TRADE BY COMMODITY STATISTICS, VOLUME 2012 ISSUE 1. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (January 2013). This book provides statistics regarding international trade for Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. The...