Services Liberalisation Talks Among Group of WTO Members to Enter "New Phase"

Volume
16,
Number
27
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11 July 2012
11 July 2012
A group of WTO members involved in talks on a potential services liberalisation agreement have announced that their discussions are ready to enter a "new phase," according to a joint statement released last week, with work set to "intensify" once members return to Geneva following the August recess...
11 July 2012
Russian lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament ratified Moscow's WTO accession protocol on Tuesday, bringing the world's largest economy outside the WTO one step closer toward becoming the global trade body's 156th member. The accord passed in the lower chamber, known as the State Duma, by a...
11 July 2012
The thirteenth round of negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement came to a close yesterday, with reports of "progress" in various negotiating areas; however, trade observers note that time is running short for members to meet their current year-end goal for concluding...
11 July 2012
Automobile trade rows took centre stage last week, with Washington filing a WTO challenge regarding Chinese trade remedies on US car imports; meanwhile, tensions between Argentina and Mexico continue to escalate in the wake of Buenos Aires' suspension of an auto pact between the two sides. US...
11 July 2012
The EU, US, and Japan have taken the next step in their dispute with China over the latter's export restrictions on rare earths, formally requesting the establishment of a dispute panel at Tuesday's WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting. While the request was rejected by Beijing, trade experts...
11 July 2012
A draft version of the legislation that will drive US farm spending over the next five years is slated for debate in the House Agriculture Committee today, just weeks after the Senate - Congress' other chamber - passed its own version of the bill. The preliminary bill will need to gain approval...
11 July 2012
Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have surpassed their average 2005-2007 pre-crisis levels, according to a new report released last week by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). While global FDI growth is expected to slow this year, the agency said, projected flows for...
11 July 2012
Coming soon 13 July, London, UK. RIO+20: GREEN GROWTH OR GREENWASH? This Chatham House event will debate, in light of the recent Rio+20 Conference, whether a top-down approach to tackling global environmental challenges is realistic in today's world. The panel will debate the future of global...
11 July 2012
MARITIME TRANSPORT AND THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE. Edited by Regina Asariotis and Hassiba Benamara (May 2012). This book aims to address climate change challenges from the perspective of maritime transport and trade. It brings together contributions from 25 experts from academia; international...