Rising Protectionist Pressures Cast Shadow on G-20 Agenda

Volume
15,
Number
37
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2 November 2011
2 November 2011
With tomorrow marking the launch of the annual Group of 20 heads of state summit in Cannes, France, the international community is watching closely to see if the leaders of twenty major economies can make headway in resolving the European debt crisis amid new reports of growing trade protectionism...
2 November 2011
Breaking News: Top Russian negotiator Maxim Medvedkov announced late Wednesday night that Russia and Georgia have come to an agreement on Moscow's WTO accession bid. Representatives from both countries are reportedly meeting today in Geneva to confirm that they are indeed in agreement. Medvedkov...
2 November 2011
The ongoing aviation emissions row between the EU and several non-EU countries took another twist last week, with the US House of Representatives passing a bill that would make it illegal for US airlines to comply with the controversial EU scheme. The move comes just weeks after the release of an...
2 November 2011
Negotiators of a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement are pushing to finalise an outline of the nine-country accord in time for next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting. The ninth round of talks for the TPP, held last week in Lima, Peru, reportedly saw...
2 November 2011
A proposed Australian bill intended to make cigarette packaging less appealing to consumers and decrease tobacco consumption has once more met opposition at the WTO with a number of tobacco-producing developing countries, citing competitiveness concerns. The Australian government announced today...
2 November 2011
The US will take advantage of several high-level meetings in Asia this month to address barriers to trade in environmental goods and services (EGS). Tensions between Washington and Beijing have been high in recent months as US lawmakers and manufacturers have increasingly sought action against...
2 November 2011
Tensions between South Korea's major parties are ramping up over a free trade pact with the US, shortly after the trade deal's long-delayed ratification on the US side. On 12 October the US Congress approved three free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that had been the...
2 November 2011
Members of US congressional farm committees missed a self-imposed deadline yesterday on a proposal for cuts to farm spending. US Senate and House Committees on Agriculture were due to outline spending for a farm bill to the US "Super Committee," a congressional body set up to reach a compromise on...
2 November 2011
Two groups of WTO members have presented separate proposals on the controversial issue of agricultural export restrictions, as an unofficial deadline for submitting items for the agenda of the global trade body's December ministerial conference was reached on Wednesday 2 November. Although...
2 November 2011
A controversial multi-country intellectual trade property agreement drew attention at the WTO last week, with several developing countries citing the pact's potential implications on non-signatories as cause for concern. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was signed by eight countries,...
2 November 2011
On 28 October, a WTO panel ruled EU anti-dumping duties on Chinese footwear illegal. The duties had been put in place in 2006 after European shoe makers from Italy, Spain, and other EU countries had complained about competition from the Asian trading giant. Beijing had specifically challenged the...
2 November 2011
Coming soon 3-4 November, Venice, Italy. RECENT TRENDS IN NON MARKET VALUATION. This workshop, co-organised by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), will highlight recent trends in non-market valuation, which is the...
2 November 2011
CARBON COALITIONS: BUSINESS, CLIMATE POLITICS, AND THE RISE OF EMISSIONS TRADING. By Jonas Meckling for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (October 2011). With carbon markets reaching a net worth of US$142 billion in 2010, carbon trading has emerged as the developed world's main policy...