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Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe
Trade Facilitation

Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe

[sh_light_text ]Are countries offering a good environment for their companies to import and export on the global marketplace? This is the issue the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)’s Enabling Trade Report explores. Iana Dreyer talked to three authors of the report in Geneva. Below, some of the takeaways from the meeting …

Mobility Services

News update: Take-aways from last week’s TiSA talks

By Iana Dreyer and Jennifer Freedman   Governments involved in negotiations to liberalise trade in services (TiSA)  reported significant progress during the seventh round of negotiations in Geneva last week. But the actual extent of substantial market liberalisation the countries eventually agree still remains uncertain.   Though technical and commercially-focused, …

Boosting the “knowledge supply chain” – are there missing links in TTIP?
Mobility

Boosting the “knowledge supply chain” – are there missing links in TTIP?

[sh_light_text ]Officials in Washington and Brussels have struggled to flesh out a negotiating methodology to handle the complex and ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. Their approach is starting to become clearer, however. Two major issues risk being neglected: accommodating outsiders, and freeing up the mobility of skilled …

EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round
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EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s support for China to join negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) intensifies pressure on the US, which has opposed letting Beijing to participate in the plurilateral talks to liberalise the services trade. China’s involvement, along with initial market-access offers from TiSA participants, will be …

Editor’s Column – Global value chains: Is Europe’s trade policy fit for purpose?
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Editor’s Column – Global value chains: Is Europe’s trade policy fit for purpose?

[sh_light_text]Is European Union (EU) trade policy fit for the 21st century global value-chain world? The way we view international trade is changing. Today’s most competitive businesses are those which are plugged into transnational production networks. Trade policy thus increasingly needs to focus on reducing the costs of doing business internationally …