NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: UPGRADING TRADE AND INVESTMENT FRAMEWORKS FOR DIGITALIZATION. By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz and Axel Berger for the T20 (August 2018). This policy brief features contributions from various expert authors on the challenges and opportunities that G20 members will need to grapple with on the international trade and investment front in an increasingly digitised global economy, along with providing recommendations for the G20 to consider during this year’s cycle. The policy brief was prepared by the T20 Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Tax Cooperation under Argentina’s G20 Presidency. The brief is available at the ICTSD website.
ACHIEVING PROGRESS IN MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS IN AGRICULTURE. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). This policy brief, as part of ICTSD’s “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative, examines the state of play of the WTO negotiations on agriculture. It looks at recent submissions and farm support notifications, along with key questions going forward and possible options or approaches. The policy brief also looks ahead to the WTO’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference, scheduled for June 2020 in Kazakhstan. The publication is available at the ICTSD website.
EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE APPLICATION OF BLOCKCHAIN IN THE AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY. By Mischa Tripoli and Josef Schmidhuber for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (August 2018). This new research paper looks at how distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) could have implications for value chains, and in turn the wider agri-food industry on the international level. It takes stock of the current landscape, along with what stakeholders in this field may need to consider going forward. The paper is available at the ICTSD website.
CREATIVE MARKETS AND COPYRIGHT IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL ERA: RECONFIGURING THE PUBLIC BENEFIT FOR A DIGITAL TRADE ECONOMY. By Ruth L. Okediji for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (August 2018). This research paper reviews how evolutions in the digital space – including big data, artificial intelligence, and robotics – may affect the copyright system, along with providing related recommendations. The paper, as well as an article adapted from the executive summary, can be found at the ICTSD website.