RCEP Countries Conclude Auckland Round, Eye Next Steps

Volume
20,
Number
23
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23 June 2016
23 June 2016
Negotiators meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, last week continued their efforts to finalise talks this year for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a 16-country trade and investment deal in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the pace of the talks to date have led some observers to...
23 June 2016
EU officials last week struck a political compromise on a new framework geared towards preventing human rights abuses and the financing of armed groups through trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, also known as “conflict minerals.” The deal envisages obligations for direct importers of these...
23 June 2016
As developing country groups tabled two separate papers for WTO talks on farm subsidy reform, trade sources told Bridges that the reactions of major economies are likely to determine how negotiations now evolve. One of the informal submissions was put forward on 17 June by a group of Latin American...
23 June 2016
Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee met this week to consider duelling visions of how best to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). As the world’s first major carbon market and its largest, the EU ETS has been the flagship project of the bloc’s climate response...
23 June 2016
Negotiations between the US and Canada for a new framework on softwood lumber trade continue to struggle with “significant differences,” according to the top trade officials from the North American neighbours. Reporting back following a 100-day window of “intensive” discussions mandated by their...
23 June 2016
Trade restrictive measures in the G-20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies have hit their highest monthly average since the WTO first started tracking them seven years ago, economists from the global trade body said this week. The WTO’s semi-annual report, issued on Tuesday 21 June,...
23 June 2016
A WTO panel is set to review whether China has changed its policies enough to comply with global trade rules in a dispute with the US on “broiler chicken” products, with the issue of compliance also resurfacing in a separate dispute between the US and Mexico on “dolphin-safe” tuna labelling. The...
23 June 2016
Several UN agencies and other international groups have launched a global standard to measure food loss and waste. This new, voluntary standard was announced during the Global Green Growth 2016 Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this month. The new Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting...
23 June 2016
The Norwegian parliament has signed off on a measure to accelerate carbon emission cuts and offsetting in light of the Paris Agreement on climate change, bringing forward the country’s goal of reaching climate neutrality by 20 years – in other words, to 1 January 2030. Back in 2007, Norway had...
23 June 2016
Negotiators have held their first round of talks to update a bilateral economic accord between the EU and Mexico, meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 13-14 June. The deal being updated is known as the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement – referred to more commonly as...
23 June 2016
Coming Soon 26-28 June, Tianjin, China. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NEW CHAMPIONS. The World Economic Forum’s tenth annual Meeting of the New Champions will focus on major transformations occurring at the intersection of industry, science, and innovation. The event will bring together representatives...
23 June 2016
WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2016 – INVESTOR NATIONALITY: POLICY CHALLENGES. Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (June 2016). This annual report reviews developments in the global investment arena, examining trends at national, regional, and international levels. This year’s report...