TPP Talks "Intensify" in Brunei as Year-End Deadline Looms

Volume
17,
Number
28
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5 September 2013
5 September 2013
Negotiators meeting in Brunei last week "intensified" their work in the hopes of completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement by year's end, officials said on Friday. However, the talks remain "difficult," some say, despite the hope that the talks could be near their final stage...
5 September 2013
Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo formally began his term as WTO Director-General on Sunday, succeeding Pascal Lamy in the role. The leadership transition comes as the organisation's 159 members gear up for their December ministerial conference, where they hope to clinch a package of deliverables from...
5 September 2013
The EU and China reached a deal this summer on their high-tension row over solar panel trade, with Beijing agreeing to a "price undertaking" arrangement that will effectively exempt participating companies from anti-dumping duties. However, a separate investigation by the European Commission into...
5 September 2013
The high-profile WTO disputes regarding the US' clove cigarette ban and country-of-origin labelling for meat products have once again heated up, with the complainants in both cases arguing that Washington has not brought the respective measures in line with its international obligations. While a...
5 September 2013
A WTO panel has sided with the US in its row with China over trade remedies being imposed on imported poultry products, officials announced last month. The global trade arbiter's annual August recess proved to be a busy few weeks on the disputes front, with three new cases filed in a matter of...
5 September 2013
With the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) set to expire in September 2015, African and US representatives have begun to explore how Washington can improve and renew the 13-year old legislation so that it is more compatible with the changing economic landscape in Africa. AGOA provides about...
5 September 2013
Coming soon 5-6 September, St. Petersburg, Russia. G-20 LEADERS' SUMMIT. The annual summit of leaders from the Group of 20 major developed and emerging economies is being hosted this year by Russia, which holds the rotating presidency of the group. Topics on the agenda for the high-level meeting...
5 September 2013
THE RENMINBI BLOC IS HERE: ASIA DOWN, REST OF THE WORLD TO GO? By Arvind Subramanian and Martin Kessler for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (August 2013). In this working paper, the authors consider the prospects for the "renminbi bloc" to move beyond Asia, based on a comparison...