TPP Timeline in Focus as Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law

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24
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2 July 2015
2 July 2015
US President Barack Obama signed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) into law on Monday, putting an end to the months-long drama in Washington over the controversial legislation’s fate. With the TPA debate now in the rear-view mirror, the focus has now turned to the potential timeline for wrapping up...
2 July 2015
The EU and China are aiming to have a joint text for a sweeping bilateral investment pact by year’s end, leaders from the two sides said on Monday following a summit in Brussels, in a move that could eventually pave the way for future consideration of a potential trade deal. Climate change also...
2 July 2015
The US’ top court ruled on Monday that federally set limits on mercury emissions and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants had failed to take into account the economic costs of implementation. “It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic...
2 July 2015
UN negotiators meeting in New York last week commented on a “zero draft” for a new global development agenda and engaged in substantive discussions on key sections, including a declaration, a planned set of sustainable development goals (SDGs), means of implementation, and how to monitor progress...
2 July 2015
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called this week for making 2015 “the year of trade and development,” as ministers, delegates, civil society, and private sector representatives gathered in Geneva this week to review the progress of the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative. This year’s event, which...
2 July 2015
Ukraine’s emergency measures to limit imports of certain Japanese passenger cars are largely in violation of global trade rules, a WTO panel said last Friday, while backing Kiev on some procedural points. The panel has also suggested that Ukraine remove the duty, though these findings could be...
2 July 2015
Coming Soon 6 July, Tokyo, Japan. GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS (GEP): THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN TRANSITION. This seminar is co-organised by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank Institute. The World Bank’s Director for Development Prospects in Development Economics Group (DEC), Ayhan Kose, will...
2 July 2015
TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: OPTIONS FOR FOLLOW-UP AND REVIEW OF THE TRADE-RELATED ELEMENTS OF THE POST-2015 AGENDA AND FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT. By Alice Tipping and Robert Wolfe for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (June 2015). This new working draft aims to...