WTO Modernisation: Ministers Arrive in Ottawa for High-level Trade Talks

Volume
22,
Number
35
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25 October 2018
25 October 2018
A meeting of over a dozen trade ministers is underway in Ottawa, Canada, this week, with participants set to weigh possible ideas for updating the WTO that they can then bring back to discussions with the rest of the global trade club. The 24-25 October event began with an opening reception and...
25 October 2018
The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) came to a close last week in Brussels, Belgium, where leaders from 51 countries examined options for greater cooperation on supporting the multilateral trading system, improving climate action, and otherwise backing multilateralism and shared policy objectives. “...
25 October 2018
Three months after US and EU leaders agreed to launch an “Executive Working Group” to tackle a series of trade issues, questions over how future talks will proceed and what those efforts will cover substantively remain, with trade officials offering differing public assessments in recent weeks...
25 October 2018
High-level officials from the EU and US gathered last week in Brussels, Belgium, to evaluate the health and efficacy of their bilateral Privacy Shield, a trans-Atlantic accord that sets rules governing personal data flows and privacy protections. The meeting, helmed by US Secretary of Commerce...
25 October 2018
Last week, Australia’s Senate passed legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the sweeping trade accord signed by 11 Pacific Rim economies this past March in Chile. Australia is now the fourth of the 11 signatories to ratify the...
25 October 2018
Australia has been accepted as member of the WTO’s plurilateral Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), capping three years of negotiations with existing parties to join the accord. The Oceanic nation’s bid was endorsed by GPA parties last week, with Canberra now due to complete its domestic...
25 October 2018
Coming Soon 27 October, Beijing, China. 17 TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WTO AND CHINA. This event is being co-hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), the China Society for World Trade Organization Studies (CWTO), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable...
25 October 2018
SME COMPETITIVENESS OUTLOOK 2018: BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS IN THE DIGITAL AGE. Published by the International Trade Centre (ITC) (September 2018). This report is the ITC’s flagship publication, with this year’s edition focusing on how technological evolution is changing business practices, along with...