18 January 2018

INTERNATIONAL TRADE GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: THE EXPANSION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (December 2017). This new paper aims to explore issues on trade-related aspects of moving towards the increased use of electric vehicles for road transport, along with what knowledge gaps exist in this area. The publication is available for download at the ICTSD website.

BREXIT AND ORIGIN: A CASE FOR THE WIDER USE OF CROSS-CUMULATION. By Anna Jerzewska for the RTA Exchange (January 2018). This new paper examines the issue of rules of origin within the wider Brexit context, and how cross-cumulation could be used following the UK’s exit from the EU bloc. The RTA Exchange, which published this paper, is an initiative implemented jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The paper is available for download here.

TRADE REDEMPTION: HOW TRADE AGREEMENTS CAN HELP DECARBONIZE THE ECONOMY. By Rafael Leal-Arcas for Queen Mary University of London – School of Law (January 2018). This new paper, which will also serve as a chapter in an upcoming book on renewable energy and the European Union, will focus on the role that international trade accords can play in supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. To learn more and to download a PDF version of the paper, click here.

UNCTAD’S REFORM PACKAGE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT REGIME. Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (December 2017). This publication features a series of recommendations drawn from the existing history of rules developed in the field of international investment arbitration. It describes the challenges to address, and what policymakers should consider in the process. The publication is available here.

DO GOVERNMENTS DRIVE GLOBAL TRADE IMBALANCES? By Joseph E. Gagnon for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (December 2017). This working paper focuses on trade imbalances and their contributing factors, particularly at the domestic level. The author ties this in to the work within the G20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies in this area and what this means going forward. The paper is available on the Peterson Institute website.

LEVERAGING CLIMATE, TRADE, AND INDUSTRIAL POLICIES TO UPGRADE EAC AGRO-INDUSTRIES IN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS. By Boniface Otieno Owino for CUTS International (January 2018). This briefing paper examines a range of policy areas, including climate change and trade, with a focus on their implications for value chain participation within the East African Community. The paper is available here

OECD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK, VOLUME 2017 ISSUE 2. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (December 2017). This biannual publication outlines the economic prospects for various countries over the upcoming biennium, with data across various different economic indicators. The publication is available from the OECD iLibrary.

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