African Leaders Launch Continental Free Trade Area

Volume
22,
Number
10
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22 March 2018
22 March 2018
African leaders gathered at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday 21 March to launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with high hopes across the continent that this mega trade pact will boost intra-African commerce and lead to important...
22 March 2018
US President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday 22 March which laid out the possibility of hefty tariffs on imports from select Chinese technology and industrial sectors, as well as potential restrictions on investment and the launch of a WTO legal case, while leaving the...
22 March 2018
This week, finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s 20 major advanced and emerging economies meeting in Buenos Aires sought to find common ground on trade and called for “further dialogue and actions” on the subject. The ministerial-level meeting, the first of the Argentine G20...
22 March 2018
Trade ministers and senior officials meeting in New Delhi on 19-20 March defended the role of the WTO as both an arbiter of trade disputes as well as setting the rules of the road for the multilateral trading system. Officials also met to discuss possible next steps for negotiations at the global...
22 March 2018
Officials representing the UK and the remaining 27 EU member states have reached a political deal that will govern the transition period after Brexit, releasing the draft text on Monday 19 March. Along with setting the terms for their relationship from March 2019 through December 2020, the document...
22 March 2018
The digital economy in the European Union is gearing up for a series of potentially landmark changes, as officials move forward with the Digital Single Market strategy and debate a proposed digital tax. The latter tax is expected to have significant implications for large technology firms, and is...
22 March 2018
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia met in Sydney on 18 March to discuss the next steps for their Strategic Partnership , initiated in 2014, with regional trade agreements, digital trade, and sustainable urbanisation high on the agenda. The meeting came as...
22 March 2018
The US filed a request for consultations at the WTO last week, claiming that India has exempted many of its exporters from paying certain taxes, fees, and duties in a way that violates global trade rules. Washington says that those measures provide producers of steel products, pharmaceuticals,...
22 March 2018
Negotiators from the US and South Korea met last week in Washington to continue discussions on amending their free trade agreement, known also as the KORUS FTA. The talks come at a time of heightened trade tensions between the two trading partners, particularly with the US set to impose tariffs on...
22 March 2018
Coming Soon 26 March, Geneva, Switzerland. WORKSHOP ON ENHANCING THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF TRADE IN SERVICES FOR THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES THROUGH PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT. During this UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) workshop, the importance of preferential treatment in terms...
22 March 2018
SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES IN THE REGION. By Batshur Gootiz for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (March 2018). In this research paper, the author examines the role of services in the economies of Cambodia,...