NAFTA Ministerial Concludes, Negotiators Press to Address Remaining Issues This Week

Volume
22,
Number
17
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17 May 2018
17 May 2018
High-level talks last week to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) closed without any major breakthrough in efforts to reach an agreement in principle, with trade ministers pledging to have their teams continue work ahead of a target date this week to clinch a deal. The pact,...
17 May 2018
Officials meeting for the annual mid-year negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn from 30 April to 10 May left with a formidable workload for the coming months, given the year-end deadline to craft a “rulebook” for putting the Paris Climate Agreement into...
17 May 2018
The WTO’s highest court ruled on Tuesday 15 May that the European Union has not fully brought its subsidies for plane manufacturer Airbus in line with global trade rules, agreeing overall with a previous panel while rejecting some the latter’s individual findings. The Appellate Body ruling is the...
17 May 2018
The fourth round of negotiations between the Pacific Alliance and its “associate members” kicked off on Saturday 12 May, in Ottawa, Canada and will wrap on Friday 18 May, as officials aim to bring the trade talks to a close later this year. According to Colombia’s Minister of Commerce, Industry,...
17 May 2018
US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday 13 May that he would be working with his Chinese counterpart to help Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, after the US Commerce Department’s recent move to block the company from purchasing American-made components for seven years. “President Xi [...
17 May 2018
Top officials from China and New Zealand called this week for ramping up negotiating efforts to clinch an updated trade deal, highlighting the value this could have for warding off protectionist pressures, supporting economic growth, and shoring up the rules-based trading system. New Zealand’s...
17 May 2018
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is looking to fill the following vacancies. ICTSD is hiring a Managing Editor for Bridges Africa and Passerelles, its English and French-language periodicals focusing on trade and sustainable development in the African continent...
17 May 2018
Coming Soon 22-24 May, Frankfurt, Germany. INNOVATE4CLIMATE. This upcoming summit will be focused on climate investment, bringing together officials from multilateral development banks, national governments, the private sector, and civil society to address the climate finance challenge. Other...
17 May 2018
ADVANCING MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: SPANISH, FRENCH LANGUAGE VERSIONS. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (May 2018). These policy briefs are the Spanish and French language versions of an ICTSD publication on the main...