12 April 2018

FISHERIES SUBSIDIES RULES AT THE WTO: A COMPILATION OF EVIDENCE AND ANALYSIS. By the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The papers in this compilation discuss the decision coming out of the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference, which directed trade negotiators to work towards reaching an agreement disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies in time for the next ministerial meet, set for 2019. Through legal and technical analysis, the authors seek to answer some of the questions surrounding small-scale fisheries; illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; shared stocks; transparency; and overfishing and overfished stocks. To download this research compilation, visit the ICTSD website

12TH GLOBAL TRENDS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT 2018 REPORT. By UN Environment, the Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaboration Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (April 2018). This report shows that global energy investment patterns continue to trend toward renewable energy, particularly solar. For example, last year US$279.8 billion was invested in renewable energy, with installation of 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity. To download a copy of the report, visit the FS-UNEP website

DIGITAL COMPANIES AND THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES: MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS. By Matthias Bauer for the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)(February 2018). Due partly to several EU national governments’ call for increased taxes on digital companies, the European Commission is considering placing higher taxes on digital corporations. In this paper, the author argues that such taxes do not take into account the already high taxation rates placed upon corporations operating in the EU, and that taxing digital revenues would threaten digitalisation and tax neutrality. To download the paper, visit the ECIPE website

OUR SHARED PROSPEROUS FUTURE: AN AGENDA FOR VALUES-LED TRADE, INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE JOBS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH. By the Inquiry Committee for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty (APPG-TOP)(April 2018). The Commonwealth is made up of 53 countries, most of them former British colonies, and includes 445 million residents living in extreme poverty. This report calls for a roadmap for using trade and investment as tools to tackle poverty and ensure inclusive, sustainable development. To download the report, visit the APPG-TOP website. 

ECONOMIC POLICY REFORMS 2018: GOING FOR GROWTH INTERIM REPORT. By for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for OECD (2018). Every two years, the OECD publishes a detailed report on structural reforms in income-boosting policy areas in OECD and selected non-OECD countries. This document reviews actions taken by governments over the past year in priority areas, along with providing associated policy recommendations. To download the complete interim report, visit the OECD iLibrary.

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