WTO Farm Talks Chair Urges Members to Accelerate Work for Buenos Aires Ministerial

Volume
21,
Number
27
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27 July 2017
27 July 2017
Governments must “significantly accelerate” their work on farm trade topics ahead of the WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires this December, says a new report from the chair of the agriculture negotiations, Kenyan ambassador Stephen Karau. The report, prepared for a negotiating...
27 July 2017
WTO members adopted changes to their “Trade Policy Review Mechanism” on Wednesday 26 July, during a General Council meeting that also addressed preparations for the WTO’s ministerial conference this December, given the organisation’s upcoming August break. The General Council is the organisation’s...
27 July 2017
The United Kingdom views “the future of global trade” as revolving particularly around digital economy, services, and development, according to Liam Fox, the country’s Secretary of State for International Trade. The UK official specifically outlined to audiences in Geneva and Washington over the...
27 July 2017
WTO members examined a series of issues last week involving the functioning of the organisation’s dispute settlement arm, including a renewed initiative led by Canada on voluntary steps to improve the system’s operation in practice. During a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 20...
27 July 2017
Ministers and top officials from UN member states signed off on a declaration last week aimed at advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on the theme of “eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.” The declaration...
27 July 2017
Efforts to upgrade an existing EU-Mexico trade accord are “progressing at a good pace,” according to the EU’s executive branch, which published last week recent textual proposals and a report on the advances made in the latest negotiating round. The European Commission said that this release, along...
27 July 2017
The US and China completed their first “Comprehensive Economic Dialogue” last week, reviewing progress made on certain trade items within the “100-day” window set by leaders, while pledging to continue efforts towards resolving various other economic issues. The event was co-chaired by US Commerce...
27 July 2017
Coming Soon 28 July, New Delhi, India. DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR AT BROOKINGS INDIA: AMERICA’S ECONOMIC ANXIETY. This Brookings India seminar will feature Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University, as its guest speaker and Shamika Ravi, Senior Fellow at Bookings...
27 July 2017
SUSTAINABILITY PROVISIONS IN REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: CAN THEY BE MULTILATERALISED? By Peter Draper, Nkululeko Khumalo, and Faith Tigere (July 2017). This new paper is published under the RTA Exchange, an initiative jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable...