TPP Ministers Report Progress in Singapore, But No Agreement

Volume
18,
Number
7
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27 February 2014
27 February 2014
The twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement wrapped up an intensive series of talks on Tuesday, reporting progress but no final deal. Trade observers had been watching this month's Singapore ministerial closely to see if an agreement - or at least a new timeframe...
27 February 2014
The co-chairs of a UN group tasked with drafting a blueprint for sustainable development goals (SDGs) released a list of 19 focus areas on Friday, following a year of discussions. The effort is part of a broader process to develop a post-2015 development agenda that would replace the current...
27 February 2014
Talks for a plurilateral agreement on services trade advanced in Geneva this week, sources confirmed to Bridges. The latest round, hosted by the EU mission over a period of eight days, was the first in which participants reviewed initial market access offers. The proposed deal, dubbed the Trade in...
27 February 2014
Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of 20 major industrialised and emerging economies agreed to aim for a two percent - effectively US$2 trillion - increase in their collective GDP over the next five years, with the coalition's leaders set to release national plans for...
27 February 2014
The EU's trade-distorting domestic farm subsidies were lower in the 2010-11 marketing year than in any previous year, according to new figures that the 28-member bloc has reported to the WTO. Domestic support payments that are classed as distorting trade fell to €11 billion, the EU says - one-sixth...
27 February 2014
The Faroe Islands' dispute with the EU over restrictions on the archipelago's fishing fleets advanced to the WTO panel stage on Wednesday, after Tórshavn filed a second request with the global trade arbiter. At issue in the case is a 2013 prohibition against Faroese-flagged vessels and vessels...
27 February 2014
A WTO panel is set to review whether China has complied with an adverse ruling issued by the global trade arbiter, after the US formally filed a request for a panel to review the case. In late 2012, the Appellate Body had confirmed that Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on US-made "...
27 February 2014
Coming Soon 3-7 March, New York City, US. THIRD SESSION OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FINANCING. This intergovernmental committee, established following the Rio+20 conference by the UN General Assembly, aims to find potential sustainable development financing...
27 February 2014
THE GREEN GOODS AGREEMENT: NEITHER GREEN NOR GOOD? By Aaron Cosbey for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (2014). This commentary reviews the new environmental goods trade initiative launched at Davos in January by a subset of WTO members. The author assesses the chances...