Trade Officials: US-EU Talks "On Track," Though Hurdles Remain

Volume
18,
Number
6
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20 February 2014
20 February 2014
Talks between the US and EU for a comprehensive trade and investment pact are set to kick into higher gear, following a highly-anticipated "political stocktaking" meeting between the two sides' top trade officials. Though the negotiations are said to be "on track," both sides cautioned that the...
20 February 2014
Chief negotiators from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are meeting this week in Singapore, in a bid to give the talks a major push before ministers arrive this weekend. The upcoming ministerial gathering is expected to be a key indicator of whether the group can seal a deal in...
20 February 2014
Leaders from 46 countries pledged last week to act together to combat a growing illegal wildlife industry, following a high-level meeting convened by the UK government and the British royal family. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague hailed the event as a "turning point" for addressing a £12 billion...
20 February 2014
The US and China - the world's largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters - pledged on Saturday to increase their bilateral cooperation in addressing the effects of climate change, particularly in areas such as lowering emissions from heavy duty vehicles, improving smart grids' carbon capture, and...
20 February 2014
The US' controversial country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for livestock and meat imports were once again under scrutiny at the WTO this week, as hearings began to determine whether recent changes to the policy have brought it in line with international trade rules. The dispute dates...
20 February 2014
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted last Friday to allow investigations into imports of Chinese and Taiwanese-made solar products to proceed, in a move expected to escalate tensions between two of the world's largest traders. A month ago, the US Commerce Department confirmed that it...
20 February 2014
The trade outlook for the upcoming year is "cautiously positive," WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said last week, with global trade flows slated to increase between 4 and 4.5 percent this year. However, he warned, trade restrictions are also on the rise, which could put this growth in jeopardy...
20 February 2014
Coming Soon 20 February, online. EAST AFRICA'S OIL AND GAS BOOM - PROMISE AND PERIL. This webcast will feature a multi-panel discussion on the East African oil and gas boom. Speakers from government, the private sector, civil society, think tanks and academia will examine the contours of the boom;...
20 February 2014
CONNECTING TO GLOBAL MARKETS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES - CASE STUDIES PRESENTED BY WTO CHAIR HOLDERS. Published by the WTO Chairs Programme (February 2014). This collection features a set of case studies contributed by WTO chair-holders on major challenges their respective countries face in...