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7th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers: Joint Statement

7th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers: Joint Statement

23 Aug 17  News
The seventh meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Trade was held in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, on the 1-2 August 2017. The establishment of the BRICS e-port network, e-co...
GI protection: are components of a compound GI name covered?

GI protection: are components of a compound GI name covered?

16 Aug 17  Discussion
Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, discusses the need for clarification on mutually agreed provisions concerning the use of geographical indications in trade agreements The pro...
Customized trade remedies in Africa – the case of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area

Customized trade remedies in Africa – the case of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area

15 Aug 17  News
Meaning of trade remedies Trade remedies have been variously defined, for instance: “The term trade remedy measures or, simply trade remedies, generally refers to three types o...
Compilation of seven fisheries subsidies proposals circulated to WTO members

Compilation of seven fisheries subsidies proposals circulated to WTO members

01 Aug 17  News
As requested by members behind seven fisheries subsidies proposals, the chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules (NGR), Ambassador Wayne McCook (Jamaica), circulated to WTO memb...
WTO NAMA negotiations: transparency versus the right to regulate

WTO NAMA negotiations: transparency versus the right to regulate

26 Jul 17  Discussion
Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, comments on the non-agricultural market access negotiations at the WTO and the proposal to enhance transparency of regulatory trade measures ...
WTO’s negotiating Committee on Agriculture holds special session

WTO’s negotiating Committee on Agriculture holds special session

26 Jul 17  News
New proposals in agriculture talks form “tangible steps” forward WTO members welcomed, at an informal agriculture negotiating session on 19 July, a recent surge of proposals a...
Goods negotiations restart, members divided on transparency proposal

Goods negotiations restart, members divided on transparency proposal

24 Jul 17  News
WTO members on Friday (21 July) took up a proposal which proponents said would facilitate the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in global trade by ...
Trade facilitation key to addressing needs of developing countries

Trade facilitation key to addressing needs of developing countries

14 Jul 17  News
Trade facilitation can be a key contributor to sustainable development as speedier border crossings for goods and services help address poverty alleviation and even humanitarian cr...
Intellectual property and the public interest

Intellectual property and the public interest

07 Jun 17  News
This document has been submitted by the delegations of Brazil, China, Fiji, India and South Africa for discussion at the Formal Meeting of the TRIPS Council, taking place on 13-14 ...
Leveraging trade facilitation to drive Africa’s regional integration agenda

Leveraging trade facilitation to drive Africa’s regional integration agenda

17 May 17  News
As regional economic integration gathers pace in Africa, how can trade facilitation be leveraged to spur the economic growth and development necessary for its implementation? Is th...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

26 Apr 17  News
World Economic Forum on Africa: Achieving inclusive growth (3-5 May, Durban). Profiled points for discussion (pdf): Connecting markets, Revitalizing manufacturing, Integrating inno...
DG Azevêdo: E-commerce can help to improve livelihoods and boost development

DG Azevêdo: E-commerce can help to improve livelihoods and boost development

26 Apr 17  News
Speaking at the first Ministerial Meeting of the “Friends of E-Commerce for Development” on 25 April, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that many members want to set a pat...
Reaffirming Development – MC11: Submission by the G-33 to the WTO Committee on Agriculture

Reaffirming Development – MC11: Submission by the G-33 to the WTO Committee on Agriculture

26 Apr 17  News
The following submission, dated 25 April 2017, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of Indonesia on behalf of the G-33. We recall the G-33 submission entitled ...
WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa

WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa

24 Apr 17  Publications
The agriculture trade talks started in 2000 in terms of the original mandate of the Agreement on Agriculture, and then became part of the Doha Round of negotiations in 2001. Many s...
Lesotho’s textiles, apparel and footwear manufacturing industry

Lesotho’s textiles, apparel and footwear manufacturing industry

09 Apr 17  News
Africa’s inspired apparel sourcing hotspot Employment, wages & working conditions The combined, textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing industry remains Lesotho’s lar...
WTO members review further proposals to ease global trade in services

WTO members review further proposals to ease global trade in services

24 Mar 17  News
WTO members discussed five new or enhanced proposals to advance services negotiations at meetings of the Working Party on Domestic Regulation and the Services Council on 14-17 Marc...
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and its implementation in southern Africa

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and its implementation in southern Africa

16 Mar 17  Publications
This Trade Brief considers some of the major challenges and inefficiencies in cross-border trade in the southern Africa region and the benefits that implementation of the World Tra...
Twenty-second Annual Review of the implementation and operation of the WTO TBT Agreement

Twenty-second Annual Review of the implementation and operation of the WTO TBT Agreement

16 Mar 17  News
The WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade will conduct its twenty-second Annual Review of the implementation and operation of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trad...
TFA implementation highlighted at High Level Roundtable held at the UK Parliament

TFA implementation highlighted at High Level Roundtable held at the UK Parliament

10 Mar 17  News
At the invitation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty (APPG-TOP), WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya spoke at the High Level Roundtable on the subject ...
WTO Members debate intellectual property and e-commerce, innovation and access to medicines

WTO Members debate intellectual property and e-commerce, innovation and access to medicines

08 Mar 17  News
The intellectual property (IP) aspects of electronic commerce, access to medicines, and the role of IP in promoting the participation of small businesses in trade were discussed by...

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