WTO Members Prepare for "Final Countdown" as Ministerial Looms

Volume
17,
Number
31
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26 September 2013
26 September 2013
With just ten weeks to go until the WTO's ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia, members have spent the month of September feverishly working in an effort to prepare a final set of deliverables in time for the December gathering. While the renewed pace of work is "inspiring," WTO Director-...
26 September 2013
Negotiations for a plurilateral agreement on services trade advanced in Geneva last week, sources confirmed to Bridges, with members making "substantial" progress on the deal's draft text. The group has also set November as the date when members will exchange initial market access offers, with the...
26 September 2013
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) kicked off its annual high-level meetings - known as Assemblies - in Geneva on Monday, with delegates from the UN body's 186 member states set to spend the next week tackling the organisation's activities and budget for the upcoming years,...
26 September 2013
The row over Australia's controversial plain packaging legislation for tobacco products has reignited over the past week, with Indonesia becoming the measure's latest challenger. Honduras' own WTO dispute on the subject reached the panel stage yesterday. Separately, a panel has now been established...
26 September 2013
US President Barack Obama publicly called last week for Congress to renew "trade promotion authority," as Washington works to finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in the months ahead and ramps up its negotiations for a separate deal with the EU. "We're going to need trade promotion...
26 September 2013
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Friday its proposal to cap the level of carbon emissions from new power plants. The draft regulations are a follow-up to the Obama Administration's climate action plan, which outlined a series of executive actions aimed at combatting climate...
26 September 2013
World trade growth in 2013 and 2014 is likely to be slower than previously forecast, the WTO announced last week. However, the global trade body says, conditions for improved trade are gradually falling into place. The new estimates set 2013 growth at 2.5 percent, down from the 3.3 percent forecast...
26 September 2013
Coming soon 30 September, London, UK. THE US ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION'S 2013 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY OUTLOOK. This event, hosted by Chatham House, will focus on projections of world energy demand by region and primary energy source through 2040, electricity generation by energy source, and...
26 September 2013
UKRAINE'S CHOICE: EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT OR EURASIAN UNION? By Anders Åslund for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (September 2013). In this policy brief, the author analyses the current controversy over Ukraine's plan to sign an Association Agreement with the EU this...