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WTO Corner: Plurilaterals legality, investment facilitation

Plurilateral or ‘Joint Statement’ initiatives launched in 2017 to modernise rules in the trading system start maturing. Now members face a battle over having them established in the World Trade Organization treaty framework. India and South Africa claim Joint Statement initiative deals are illegal In December 2017, a large group …

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WTO Corner: E-commerce text, investment facilitation, no TRIPS waiver

Some developments at the WTO this week…. Negotiators adopt second version of e-commerce agreement draft text Many observers note that negotiations on a text that would set rules for digital trade in the 21st Century have had difficulties making meaningful headway this autumn. Eighty-six WTO members have been looking in …

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The basis for an e-commerce WTO plurilateral starts emerging

The conveners of the plurilateral e-commerce negotiations discreetly circulated a “stocktake” text on electronic commerce amongst World Trade Organization members at the height of the mid-August European heatwave. The e-commerce negotiations were launched among a subset of WTO members in February 2019 following a pledge at the last Buenos Aires …

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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%,” …