2 February 2017

THE UNITED STATES WTO COMPLAINT ON CHINA’S AGRICULTURAL DOMESTIC SUPPORT: PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS. By Lars Brink and David Orden (January 2017). This paper examines the US-China dispute on agricultural domestic support which was filed in September 2016 (DS511), with the authors reviewing which issues may feature in the upcoming panel deliberations on the subject. A panel was established in January 2017 to hear the case. The paper can be downloaded in PDF form here.

BORDER TAX ADJUSTMENTS: ASSESSING RISKS AND REWARDS. By Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Zhiyao (Lucy) Lu for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (January 2017). This policy brief reviews the relationship between border tax adjustments and WTO rules, along with what this type of tax policy can mean for exchange rates. The brief makes note of the debate in the United States on the subject, given proposals by Republican Party lawmakers and statements from President Donald Trump. The policy brief can be downloaded here.

PLURILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: AN ESCAPE ROUTE FOR THE WTO? By Rudolf Adlung and Hamid Mamdouh for the World Trade Organization (WTO) (January 2017). This new working paper examines the different types of “plurilateral” trade deals possible under the umbrella of the WTO, along with the benefits of drawbacks of both in the current policy climate. The authors also include related recommendations. The paper is available for download here.

THE REVISED WTO AGREEMENT ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (GPA): KEY DESIGN FEATURES AND SIGNIFICANCE FOR GLOBAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT. By Robert D. Anderson and Anna Caroline Müller for the World Trade Organization (January 2017). This new working paper examines the revision of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) which was completed in 2012, looking at the text’s elements and their related implications in recent years. The paper can be downloaded at the WTO website.

AFRICA’S NEW CLIMATE ECONOMY: ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION AND SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. By Milan Brahmbhatt, Russell Bishop, Xiao Zhao, Alberto Lemma, Ilmi Granoff, Nick Godfrey, and Dirk Willem te Velde for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (November 2016). This report examines recent developments throughout the African continent which have economic, environmental, and social implications, along with outlining related action areas. The full report is available for download at the ODI website.

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