FACILITATION 2.0: INVESTMENT AND TRADE IN THE DIGITAL AGE. By Rodrigo Polanco Lazo for the RTA Exchange (September 2018). This paper is produced by the RTA Exchange, a joint initiative implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The author examines the subject of investment facilitation in depth, looking at how different investment and trade agreements have treated the issue, along with identifying commonalities that could be useful in future policymaking. The paper is available at the ICTSD website.
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT OBLIGATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL POLICY: EVOLUTION IN TREATY PRACTICE. By Mark Feldman for the RTA Exchange (September 2018). This paper is produced by the RTA Exchange, a joint initiative implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The author examines the relationship between industrial policy and international investment agreements (IIAs), including in relation to sustainable development objectives. The paper is available at the ICTSD website.
PUBLIC CASH FOR OIL AND GAS: MAPPING FEDERAL FISCAL SUPPORT FOR FOSSIL FUELS. By Yanick Touchette and Philip Gass for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (September 2018). This new report reviews and updates IISD’s inventory of Canadian fossil fuel subsidies. The essential finding of the report is that subsidies are down substantially from IISD’s last catalogue of such state aid, due to domestic fossil fuel subsidy reform, lower global oil prices, some deferred tax benefits. The report is available at the IISD website.
TRANS-ATLANTIC SCORECARD – SEPTEMBER 2018. Published by the Brookings Institution (September 2018). The Brookings Institution has just published the first edition of a new quarterly review of US-European relations, looking at the economic dimension, among other foreign policy elements. This included analysing the prospects for the trans-Atlantic trading relationship. To download the scorecard and learn more about its production, visit the Brookings website.
TRADE TECH: A NEW AGE FOR TRADE AND SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE. By Thomas Olsen, Gerry Mattios, and Ada Di Marzo for the World Economic Forum (September 2018). This new publication examines at trade and supply chain finance, including a brief overview of the status of related technological developments. The report indicates that the technologies could reduce the current trade finance gap of US$1.5 trillion, and also examines the issue in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To download the report and learn more, visit the World Economic Forum website.