Trade Deals in Focus as Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders' Week Begins

Volume
18,
Number
37
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6 November 2014
6 November 2014
Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific countries are set to arrive in Beijing, China in the coming days for a highly-anticipated summit, with trade expected to be one of the top items on the agenda. Issues to watch, observers say, include a potential breakthrough in the WTO’s stalled talks on expanding an...
6 November 2014
Efforts to resolve the WTO impasse continued in Geneva this week, with multiple sources saying that a formal solution does not appear to have been finalised yet among the membership, despite continued discussions. Various trade diplomats speaking to Bridges on Thursday dispelled suggestions that a...
6 November 2014
Delegates from 195 nations on Sunday signed off on a UN climate report calling for a 40 to 70 percent drop in emissions in the next forty years relative to 2010 levels, with a move to zero by the end of the century, in order to avoid the far-ranging and disastrous consequences of climate change...
6 November 2014
Parties to the Lisbon Agreement protecting “appellations of origin” are now set to hold a diplomatic conference next May at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Last week’s decision confirming such a conference, however, fuelled heated debate...
6 November 2014
The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group at the WTO presented a report to the multilateral organisation’s Committee on Rules of Origin (CRO) on 30 October, calling for a more effective design of preferential rules of origin. The discussions are part of the work mandated by trade ministers at...
6 November 2014
India’s wheat exports could halve in 2014-15, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has said – largely due to increased domestic demand for food grains under the country’s new National Food Security Act. Overall cereal exports will also fall in the year ahead, FAO senior economist Concepción...
6 November 2014
US fisheries authorities may introduce new rules in the coming weeks expanding state support for the American fishing industry, sources say. According to an advance notice issued over the summer by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a sub-division of the US Department of Commerce,...
6 November 2014
The EU filed a new WTO challenge (DS485) against Russia last Friday, citing a series of alleged violations of Moscow’s tariff commitments at the global trade body. The move marks the fourth dispute that Brussels has lodged against Moscow in the two years since Russia joined the organisation, and...
6 November 2014
Coming Soon 6 November, Geneva, Switzerland. JURISDICTION IN THE INTERNET ERA. This event, jointly hosted by the Université de Genève and the Geneva Internet Platform, will focus on the issue of jurisdiction on the overall internet governance debate. Questions to be addressed include, for example,...
6 November 2014
A SIMULATION ANALYSIS OF INDIA’S DUTY-FREE TRADE PREFERENCE SCHEME: A FOCUS ON AFRICAN LDCS. By the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (November 2014). This study focuses on the potential welfare effects...