NAFTA Ministers Acknowledge Significant Challenges, Extend Timetable to 2018

Volume
21,
Number
34
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19 October 2017
19 October 2017
Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States completed their fourth round of negotiations for modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Tuesday 17 October, with ministers announcing that the talks are in a challenging phase and will need to be extended into 2018. The...
19 October 2017
WTO negotiators now have an integrated text to consider in their efforts to craft global trade rules that would discipline harmful fisheries subsidies, in a development aimed at moving the talks into the next stage. The new text, prepared as an informal “non-paper,” was put together by various WTO...
19 October 2017
A slate of new negotiating proposals on farm subsidies and cotton reflect different views on how to balance ambitious demands with realism in the run-up to the WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this December, trade sources have said. As negotiators prepare to meet...
19 October 2017
The annual meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) drew to a close on Sunday 15 October, capping several days of meetings that brought to the fore issues of inequality, sustained global growth, multilateralism, and development financing. This year’s event...
19 October 2017
One year after enacting the EU-South African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), officials from the EU and South Africa gathered in Johannesburg to review its progress and consider next steps. The EU-SADC EPA entered into force in October 2016, and is designed to be...
19 October 2017
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Tarō Asō and US Vice President Mike Pence concluded their second bilateral “economic dialogue” on Monday 16 October, amid continued speculation over whether the two sides may eventually agree to formal negotiations for a free trade deal. While US officials have been...
19 October 2017
Negotiations between the 28-nation EU and the South American customs bloc Mercosur are entering a key stage, as officials debate sensitive issues such as market access concessions ahead of a December target date for completing the talks. Agricultural trade has again been a particularly contentious...
19 October 2017
Coming Soon 24 October, Vienna, Austria. INVESTMENT COMPETITIVENESS FORUM. This World Bank event will examine the drivers of foreign direct investment (FDI), tying it to development prospects, opportunities, and challenges. The event will include the launch of the World Bank Group/International...
19 October 2017
WHAT COULD WTO TALKS ON AGRICULTURAL DOMESTIC SUPPORT MEAN FOR LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES? Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (October 2017). This paper examines the implications of various WTO negotiating options in the field of agriculture, with a...