Tag: ITA-II

Analysis: Elusive environment and ICT ‘plurilaterals’ – can the trade negotiation machinery deliver at all?
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Analysis: Elusive environment and ICT ‘plurilaterals’ – can the trade negotiation machinery deliver at all?

Hopes that the 10th WTO Ministerial conference in Nairobi next week would seal the comeback of multilateral trade talks are waning. Is the WTO having a ‘China problem’ rather than a DDA format problem? Recent troubles with plurilaterals like the ITA-2 and Environmental Goods Agreement would indicate so. That complicates …

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 …