TTIP Negotiators Reaffirm 2016 Goal, As Long As Substance Measures Up

Volume
20,
Number
8
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3 March 2016
3 March 2016
Negotiators for a bilateral EU-US trade and investment pact reaffirmed last Friday that they hope to conclude their talks this year, so long as this does not involve a compromise on quality. “We are ready to seek to conclude our negotiations in 2016, provided that the substance is right,” said EU...
3 March 2016
The EU and Canada announced on Monday that they have revised the investment protection terms in their bilateral trade pact, with the new version now including an investment court system that Brussels is hoping to pursue in other trade agreements – including with the US. “We have responded to...
3 March 2016
A WTO panel ruled on first instance last Thursday on the US dispute ( DS456 ) against India concerning the use of domestic content requirements in the context of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) energy scheme. In the initial phases of the JNNSM, solar power developers were...
3 March 2016
A vote to leave the European Union could spell a dangerously uncertain future for the United Kingdom, the country’s Prime Minister warned last week, calling upon advocates for a “Brexit” to clarify how they will address potential risks – particularly to trade. Writing for The Telegraph newspaper,...
3 March 2016
G-20 finance ministers and central governors have pledged to take further steps to shore up the global economic recovery, including in the implementation of their national growth plans agreed in Brisbane over a year ago. After meeting in the Chinese city of Shanghai on 27 February, the finance...
3 March 2016
Services trade governance could see some significant developments in the coming year, as various major trade initiatives confirmed separately last month that they hope to reach conclusion in 2016. In recent weeks, negotiators for three major pacts – the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), the...
3 March 2016
India should reconsider its negotiating focus on a “special safeguard mechanism” at the WTO, says a wide-ranging new report led by the government’s chief economic advisor, Arvind Subramanian. The Economic Survey , launched last week in New Delhi ahead of the government’s budget announcement, warns...
3 March 2016
Coming Soon 4 March, London, UK. LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD: FOSTERING RULES-BASED COMPETITION IN GLOBAL TRADE. This Chatham House event will feature Fred P. Hochberg, the Chairman and President of the US Export-Import Bank, as its main speaker. This research event will discuss the ways in which...
3 March 2016
FINANCING THE FUTURE: BUILDING AN OPEN, MODERN, AND INCLUSIVE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. Published by the World Bank Group (February 2016). This report studies the current state of the financial system in Myanmar, and looks at future prospects for growth. The authors note that due to a historical period of...