US Fiscal Woes Cast Shadow over IMF Annual Meeting

Volume
17,
Number
34
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17 October 2013
17 October 2013
The US Congress reached an eleventh-hour deal preventing Washington from defaulting on its debts on Wednesday, within hours of an impending deadline. The prospect of a US default - and the likely ramifications abroad - had dominated last week's Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund,...
17 October 2013
Trade officials have entered the last stretch of talks before the WTO's ninth ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, with an outline deal for a "small package" of measures now due to be wrapped up by the first week of November - a month before the conference. Sources told Bridges that only a few...
17 October 2013
Early indications have begun to emerge on how EU and US officials might approach regulatory cooperation in their bilateral trade talks, with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht outlining Brussels' priorities in a speech last week. Speaking in Prague on Thursday, the EU trade chief described a...
17 October 2013
Members working to expand the coverage of the WTO's plurilateral deal on trade in information and communication technology products are set to resume their negotiations next week, following a three-month suspension. Meanwhile, efforts to ratify the global trade body's revised agreement on...
17 October 2013
The EU-Russia row over a controversial vehicle recycling fee escalated another notch last week, after Brussels formally asked that a WTO panel review the case. The EU had requested consultations with Russia on the subject in July, in what marked Moscow's first case at the global trade arbiter. (See...
17 October 2013
Delegates from 140 nations and territories meeting in Minamata, Japan last Thursday adopted an international binding treaty to curb mercury pollution, marking the next step toward eventually bringing the pact into force. The UN Minamata Convention on Mercury, named after the city whose residents...
17 October 2013
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) - the publisher of Bridges Weekly - is seeking an Editor for its Bridges Trade BioRes periodical, which provides both news and analysis relating to the intersection of international trade and environmental issues. The editor...
17 October 2013
Coming soon 17-19 October, Bangalore, India. STRENGTHENING POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR LOW-CARBON GREEN GROWTH IN SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA. This event, hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), aims to facilitate discussion among researchers and policymakers on promoting low-carbon...
17 October 2013
A CHARACTERISATION OF ENVIORNMENTAL LABELLING AND INFORMATION SCHEMES. By Guillaume Gruère for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (October 2013) This working paper provides an overview of the current landscape of environmental labelling and information schemes (ELIS...