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Tag: Multilateral trade agreements

Billions more people must benefit from trade gains, experts say

Billions more people must benefit from trade gains, experts say

20 Nov 18  News
A global system that leaves the top 1% as rich as the bottom 56% is overdue for reform, with women’s economic exclusion among the highest priorities. While some countries and so...
WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade

WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade

19 Nov 18  News
WTO members achieved a breakthrough at a 14-15 November meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by agreeing on a list of recommendations that aim at reducing ...
Regional Integration as a building block for the Multilateral Trading System

Regional Integration as a building block for the Multilateral Trading System

18 Nov 18  Blog
The signing of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by African countries earlier this year was a momentous decision which could potentially alter the economic growth traje...
Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

18 Nov 18  Blog
Until the past few years, for many there was widespread complacency over the existence and state of the liberal world trading system. If progress was needed that could not be achie...
A WTO multilateral investment facilitation agreement: An African perspective

A WTO multilateral investment facilitation agreement: An African perspective

18 Nov 18  Blog
Investment at the WTO Investment was introduced onto the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agenda in 1996 at the First WTO Ministerial Conference held in Singapore, when member state...
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: An African perspective

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: An African perspective

18 Nov 18  Blog
Trade facilitation discussions at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) began in December 1996, at the Singapore Ministerial Conference, when the member states instructed the WTO Coun...
The Settlement of Trade Disputes: Where do we stand and what can be done?

The Settlement of Trade Disputes: Where do we stand and what can be done?

18 Nov 18  Blog
The crisis in the dispute settlement arrangement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has a paralysing effect on the multilateral trade system. While the workload of the Dispute S...
Joint statement of the 7th EU-South Africa Summit

Joint statement of the 7th EU-South Africa Summit

16 Nov 18  News
EU-South Africa Summit: Strengthening the Strategic Partnership At the 7th European Union-South Africa Summit held in Brussels on 15 November 2018, Leaders agreed on a number of s...
Zimbabwe ratifies the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does this mean for Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe ratifies the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does this mean for Zimbabwe?

23 Oct 18  Blog
On 17 October 2018, Zimbabwe deposited with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)[1], becoming...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

19 Oct 18  News
Ethiopia and Rwanda, this week, announced gender parity cabinets. The key Trade and Industry portfolio in both countries is now headed by a woman: Mrs Fetlework Gebregziabher and M...
Alan Wolff: “The importance of the rules-based multilateral trading system cannot be overestimated”

Alan Wolff: “The importance of the rules-based multilateral trading system cannot be overestimated”

09 Oct 18  News
At a speech delivered to the University of the Western Cape in South Africa on 8 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the importance of trade as an engine of eco...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

01 Oct 18  News
Starting tomorrow, in Geneva: WTO Public Forum 2018. Under the main theme of Trade 2030, the Public Forum’s sub-themes will be sustainable trade, technology-enabled trade, and a ...
The Crisis in WTO Dispute Settlement

The Crisis in WTO Dispute Settlement

01 Oct 18  Blog
The effective functioning of the dispute settlement system of the WTO is essential for rules-based multilateral trade. It provides certainty and predictability and prevents power-b...
Alternative Dispute Settlement Procedures for Trade-related Disputes in Africa

Alternative Dispute Settlement Procedures for Trade-related Disputes in Africa

01 Oct 18  Blog
African State are not active users of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The explanations point to Africa’s small share of global t...
WTO fundamentals are sound, but the architecture requires reform and modernisation for the 21st century global economy

WTO fundamentals are sound, but the architecture requires reform and modernisation for the 21st century global economy

01 Oct 18  News
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an indispensable multilateral institution. In its routine professional work, the organisation, staffed by top-class professionals, continues t...
WTO agriculture talks: Members evaluate negotiating submissions, eyeing 2020 Ministerial

WTO agriculture talks: Members evaluate negotiating submissions, eyeing 2020 Ministerial

28 Sep 18  News
The WTO’s agriculture negotiations resumed last week after the organisation’s annual August hiatus. While the discussions were mainly limited to reviewing negotiating submissio...
On day two of UN General Assembly’s annual debate, it’s multilateralism all the way

On day two of UN General Assembly’s annual debate, it’s multilateralism all the way

27 Sep 18  News
Climate change, economic inequality, systemic bias among issues underlined by world leaders as General Assembly continues debate From trade to climate change to development and fi...
Climate change and multilateralism figure high on first day of UN General Assembly debate

Climate change and multilateralism figure high on first day of UN General Assembly debate

26 Sep 18  News
Secretary-General calls for renewed commitment to rules-based order, reformed, reinvigorated, strengthened multilateral system If there was one issue that was a recurrent theme on...
The T20 presents its public policy recommendations to the G20

The T20 presents its public policy recommendations to the G20

18 Sep 18  News
The Think 20 came together in Buenos Aires on 17 and 18 September 2018 to convey its public policy recommendations to the Argentine G20 presidency. President Macri received th...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Aug 18  News
Underway, in Arusha: Meeting of EAC-SACU technical officials on an exchange of tariff offers Starting today, in Nairobi: EAC meeting to develop a harmonised framewo...

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