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Blog – TPP’s electronic commerce chapter: EU trade buffs take note

Just in case you’ve missed it, on Monday 5 October the US and eleven other Asian and Latin American countries concluded a historic regional free trade agreement that covers about 40 percent of world output, the Transpacific Partnership. The summary of the agreement is on the United States Trade Representative’s website. EU trade buffs need to …

ITA-II – or how trade multilateralism has become a Chinese puzzle
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ITA-II – or how trade multilateralism has become a Chinese puzzle

The much vaunted so-called ITA-II deal that expands the 1996 World Trade Organization’s Information Technology Agreement reached in Geneva on 24 July will be obsolete very quickly, argues Hosuk Lee Makiyama. Also, contrary to frequently aired views, the agreement is not likely to revive the multilateral system. The deal shows that final compromises …

Data ‘crunch time’ for EU trade policy?
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Data ‘crunch time’ for EU trade policy?

[sh_light_text ]The digital sector, currently the most dynamic growth area in an otherwise gloomy economy, is jeopardised by inconsistent and costly privacy laws that conflate government spying, privacy issues, and the desire to prop up local companies: this is a concern that businesses and analysts are increasingly becoming vocal about. Iana Dreyer examines what exactly worries …