NAFTA Negotiators Report Progress, Warn of Challenging Road Ahead

Volume
21,
Number
32
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5 October 2017
5 October 2017
Ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced last week that they have made steady progress in their latest negotiating round on modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and are set to reconvene next week in Washington to continue negotiating. The 11-15 October...
5 October 2017
Trade negotiators are engaged in intense discussions over how to develop new disciplines on harmful fisheries subsidies, with many issues left to clarify and resolve in the two remaining months until the WTO’s ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Officials in Geneva have held two sets...
5 October 2017
The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier both acknowledged a more positive tone during the fourth round of Brexit negotiations which concluded last week. Barnier however signalled a lack of...
5 October 2017
Talks between the EU and Indonesia for a free trade accord have advanced to “text-based” negotiations in the majority of areas under consideration, according to a report published by the European Commission late last week. The EU’s executive branch released an update on this third negotiating round...
5 October 2017
The EU has scrapped domestic production quotas for sugar, in a long-awaited move which analysts say is set to boost the bloc’s output and dampen global prices. The reform, which was implemented on 30 September, will remove limits on the volume of sugar that EU beet growers can produce. It was first...
5 October 2017
The fifty-seventh series of the annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Assemblies kicked off this week at the UN agency’s Geneva headquarters from 2-11 October. The 10-day meetings will give WIPO delegations the opportunity to take stock of progress and chart a future path for the...
5 October 2017
Coming Soon 2-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. ASSEMBLIES OF MEMBER STATE OF WIPO: 57 TH SERIES OF MEETINGS. This event is the annual meeting of all the members of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). There will also be various sub-meetings of each individual country and committees...
5 October 2017
THE CONTRIBUTION OF SERVICES TRADE POLICIES TO CONNECTIVITY IN THE CONTEXT OF AID FOR TRADE. By Martin Roy for the World Trade Organization (2017). The paper finds that services sectors play a multifaceted and significant role in connecting countries to the international trading system, and matter...