WTO Trade Facilitation Deal in Limbo as Deadline Passes Without Resolution

Volume
18,
Number
28
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31 July 2014
31 July 2014
The 31 July midnight deadline for adopting the Protocol of Amendment for the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has passed without a resolution, as members were unable to bridge a divide that had emerged in recent weeks over whether to link the protocol with progress toward a “permanent...
31 July 2014
The US’ top trade official outlined on Tuesday a series of priorities for updating the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a 14-year-old programme aimed at boosting US trade with sub-Saharan African countries that is set to expire in September 2015. The suggestions, outlined in a speech...
31 July 2014
The European Commission has proposed a 30 percent EU-wide energy savings target for 2030, officials confirmed last week. The proposal is the third and final component of the draft 2030 climate and energy framework, which the bloc’s leaders are aiming to finalise this coming October. The three-...
31 July 2014
The US Commerce Department confirmed preliminary anti-dumping duties on certain Chinese and Taiwanese solar products last Friday. The move, coming just weeks after the government agency announced anti-subsidy duties on such products in a separate probe, has drawn a harsh rebuke from Beijing and is...
31 July 2014
Months after the EU and Canada announced an agreement in principle on their long-awaited free trade pact, key questions reportedly remain, including on whether the final terms will receive the necessary backing when it comes time for ratification. The talks have come under particular scrutiny in...
31 July 2014
Coming Soon 4 August, Washington, US. THE GAME HAS CHANGED: THE NEW LANDSCAPE FOR INNOVATION AND BUSINESS IN AFRICA. This event, hosted by the Brookings Institution, will examine the US’ past and present engagement in Africa. Held in parallel to the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, also being held in...
31 July 2014
OECD GREEN GROWTH STUDIES: OECD GREEN GROWTH INDICATORS 2014. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (July 2014). This book presents an updated OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth, featuring various indicators that illustrate the...