G-7 Leaders Aim for TTIP Outline By Year’s End, Make Global Climate Push

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21
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11 June 2015
11 June 2015
Leaders from the G-7 countries agreed on Monday to aim for an immediate acceleration of negotiations for a bilateral trade and investment deal between the US and EU, including an outline of such an agreement “as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the year.” The 7-8 June summit, hosted by...
11 June 2015
African heads of state have launched the largest free trade area across Africa, the Tripartite FTA (TFTA), during the Third Tripartite Summit held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt that ended Wednesday. This new “Grand” FTA will stretch from Cape Town to Cairo, creating an integrated market with a combined...
11 June 2015
Canada and Mexico have circulated a request for WTO-authorised countermeasures against the US in their dispute over the latter’s country-of-origin labelling (COOL) policies for imported meat and livestock, ramping up the pressure for Washington lawmakers to repeal the measures. In a joint statement...
11 June 2015
The Millennium Development Goal target on halving the share of hungry people in the world “can be considered as having been achieved,” according to new data released last month by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Undernourishment in developing regions fell from 23.3 percent in 1990-...
11 June 2015
US and South African officials announced a deal last week that will pave the way for the re-entry of US chicken imports to the South African market, thus ending the longstanding poultry dispute between the two countries. The details of the agreement should be fine-tuned by the end of the month. “...
11 June 2015
Ukraine announced last week that it would be suspending its WTO dispute over Australia’s plain packaging measures for tobacco products, with Kiev saying it would instead seek to find a mutually agreed solution with Canberra on the subject. Kiev submitted the request in late May, which was then...
11 June 2015
The WTO’s Appellate Body ruled in the US’ favour last week in its dispute ( DS430 ) over India’s import ban on certain agricultural products, largely upholding a previous dispute panel’s findings. The ban had been in place due to alleged concerns over the spread of avian influenza (AI), otherwise...
11 June 2015
Australia has officially begun its bid to join the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement ( GPA ), government officials announced last week. This bid makes Australia the latest in a series of countries working to join the plurilateral WTO deal, with the others negotiating accession being Albania,...
11 June 2015
Coming Soon 15 June, Washington, US. KOREA AND THE TPP: THE INEVITABLE PARTNERSHIP. This event, hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, will be webcast live from 12:15-1:30 PM (EDT). Featuring Jeffery J. Schott, Cathleen Cimino, and Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute, the...
11 June 2015
RICE: GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF THE U.S. INDUSTRY. Prepared primarily by John Giamalva and Marin Weaver for the United States International Trade Commission (April 2015). The authors of this report found that rice production varies widely among global producers in three main factors: delivered cost...