Ottawa Ministerial: Officials Call for "Sustained and Meaningful Political Engagement" for WTO Update

Volume
22,
Number
36
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1 November 2018
1 November 2018
Thirteen international trade ministers gathered in Ottawa on 24-25 October to issue a call for action to strengthen the World Trade Organization (WTO), with officials weighing options for modernising the global trade club by way of updating its negotiation process, improving its dispute settlement...
1 November 2018
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has now been ratified by six signatories, meeting the minimum threshold to take effect by the end of this year. Canada and New Zealand both approved the accord last week in their respective legislatures and submitted...
1 November 2018
European parliamentarians last week said that current commitments outlined in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the UN’s Paris climate accord are insufficient to meet the landmark climate treaty’s temperature targets, and endorsed a non-binding resolution for the 28-nation bloc to...
1 November 2018
Jair Bolsonaro, a member of Brazil’s Social Liberal Party (PSL, by its acronym in Portuguese), won the second and final round of the country’s presidential election on Sunday 28 October and will take office on 1 January 2019, with the result expected to bring about various significant, though still...
1 November 2018
The leaders of China and Japan endorsed a series of deals last week, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting Beijing for landmark, high-level discussions on trade and infrastructure cooperation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. The event was being watched closely...
1 November 2018
Coming Soon 5-6 November, London, United Kingdom, and online. AFRICA’S RISING DEBT. This event, which will be held both in person and streamed live online, is being organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The event will examine the current debt situation in many sub-Saharan African...
1 November 2018
CLOSING IN ON THE HOLY GRAIL OF WORLD TRADE: USING BLOCKCHAIN TO EXPAND SOUTHEAST ASIA’S TRADE. By Kati Suominen for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (October 2018). This paper examines the role of blockchain technologies in the Southeast Asian region, focusing...