NAFTA Preparations Ramp Up as US Trade Rep Releases Negotiating Objectives

Volume
21,
Number
26
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20 July 2017
20 July 2017
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released a summary of its planned negotiating objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Monday 17 July, outlining a series of areas where it would like to see changes to existing provisions or the...
20 July 2017
The EU, Brazil, and three other Latin American countries have tabled a new proposal on farm subsidy reform for negotiation ahead of the WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this December. Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay also co-sponsored the proposal, which was submitted...
20 July 2017
Negotiators have been examining an influx of new and updated proposals to establish WTO disciplines on harmful fisheries subsidies over the past week, as they prepare to enter the next stage of talks for a potential deal at the organisation’s ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, later...
20 July 2017
The chief negotiators from the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations debated options last week for advancing the trade pact without the US' participation, meeting in Hakone, Japan. “For the pact to come into effect with 11 countries, we need a new international agreement,” Japan’s...
20 July 2017
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent a formal notification to Seoul last week calling for a "special session" of the joint committee under the bilateral US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). The reason for the request, according to a press release from the US Trade Representative (...
20 July 2017
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called for taking a “multi-pronged approach” towards supporting multilateralism in the trade world, suggesting that “multilateralism as embodied at the WTO is at a crossroads” during a speech to a Geneva audience on Tuesday 18 July. The...
20 July 2017
Coming Soon 21 July, Geneva, Switzerland. THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE IN THE CURRENT TRADE AND INTEGRATION CONTEXT. This informal roundtable is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE...
20 July 2017
ISSUES AND OPTIONS FOR DISCIPLINES ON SUBSIDIES TO ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING. By Carl-Christian Schmidt for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (July 2017). This new reference paper takes a close look at the WTO negotiations to discipline harmful...