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Elizabeth Truss: WTO should not over-reach
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Elizabeth Truss: WTO should not over-reach

Britain’s international trade secretary told participants in a webinar hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics that the UK would pursuing first and foremost its regulatory sovereignty. That might not come as a surprise. But Elizabeth’s Truss’ statements made today offer a rare full articulation of the latest government …

WTO Corner: Kenya, Saudi, UK candidates for top job, EUI survey, Japan, investment facilitation
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WTO Corner: Kenya, Saudi, UK candidates for top job, EUI survey, Japan, investment facilitation

Three candidates from African continent So now it’s official. There are now three candidates from the African continent vying for the WTO’s director-general job. Kenya submitted the candidacy of Amina Mohamed, a high-profile Kenyan politician and a former envoy to the WTO who hosted the last ministerial meeting in Nairobi …

WTO Corner: Members plan refresh of SPS Agreement
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WTO Corner: Members plan refresh of SPS Agreement

World Trade Organization member countries are planning to submit one of the institution’s most important and most contentious agreements – the SPS Agreement – to a 25-year overhaul. Proposals are being discussed for a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Declaration to be finalised at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference scheduled to be …

Commission mulls new measures to respond to Section 301-style unilateral trade actions
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Commission mulls new measures to respond to Section 301-style unilateral trade actions

The European Commission clearly fears the European Parliament could sabotage its attempt at getting an amended so-called ‘enforcement regulation’ up and running quickly. The EU wants to upgrade its legal arsenal to be able to respond to situations where a country blocks legal proceedings in the World Trade Organization’s Appellate …

WTO corner: Trade data, WTO DG nominations, investment facilitation, e-commerce, Africa
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WTO corner: Trade data, WTO DG nominations, investment facilitation, e-commerce, Africa

COVID-19 trade collapse “could have been worse” says WTO’s Azevêdo The WTO released fresh data on global trade flows during the pandemic. Initial estimates for the second quarter, when the virus and associated lockdown measures affected a large share of the global population, indicate a year‑on‑year drop of around 18.5%,” …

Comment: USTR eyes Airbus-related escalation of tariffs, helicopter tariffs
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Comment: USTR eyes Airbus-related escalation of tariffs, helicopter tariffs

The United States are currently threatening new tariffs on neighbours and allies left, right, front and centre. It’s clearly election campaign season for an embattled US president Donald Trump. Signs are European Union efforts to find some form of ‘settlement’ with the US on aircraft subsidies have been in vain, …