White House Push to Streamline Federal Government Sparks Trade Questions

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2
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18 January 2012
18 January 2012
US President Barack Obama is seeking congressional authority to reorganise the federal government, starting with various commerce and trade-related agencies, including the Office of the US Trade Representative. The 13 January announcement has observers questioning what such a move could mean for US...
18 January 2012
US President Barack Obama has rejected a plan for the building of a multi-billion dollar pipeline that would have carried crude oil from Canada to the US state of Texas. The 18 January announcement came after weeks of debate over the economic and environmental implications of the proposed Canada-US...
18 January 2012
Two bills in the US Congress intended to curtail piracy on the internet came under heavy fire this week, with Wikipedia suspending its services for 24 hours and the White House making clear that it would not support the legislation as it stands, forcing lawmakers to reconsider the extent of the...
18 January 2012
The controversy over the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) continues to build, with the EU telling US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week that the 27-member bloc does not intend to abandon its plan until a global solution to the carbon problem is found...
18 January 2012
The Brazilian Development Bank announced last week a programme to finance low cost loans for farmers of sugarcane and producers of ethanol. The tropical country is seeking to boost biofuel production in the wake of ethanol tariffs and subsidies expiring in the US, another leading producer. The...
18 January 2012
Beginning on 1 February, Argentine companies will have to file online affidavits and wait for government approval before they can import. Last week's announcement of the policy - part of Buenos Aires' efforts to stem the shrinking of its trade surplus - has drawn a cautious response from Argentina'...
18 January 2012
Coming soon 20 January, Geneva, Switzerland. UNCTAD/ILO POLICY DEBATE - TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT FROM MYTHS TO FACTS. Around the world, promises of new and better jobs run parallel with concerns of job losses, working conditions, and faltering wages. This event aims to provide assessments of...
18 January 2012
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND AGRICULTURE. Edited by Eva Wollenberg, Maja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom, Maryanne Grieg-Gran, and Alison Nihart (December 2011). The agricultural sector today contributes roughly ten to twelve percent of emissions and has a large technical and economic potential for reducing...