WTO members have taken a major step towards concluding negotiations on a plurilateral agreement to facilitate investment in developing countries, following a two-day meeting in Geneva this week.
Week Ahead: Investment facilitation at WTO, EU-China, EU South Africa
It is Easter time in Europe and there are few formal meetings planned – but many developments in the background. By Chris Horseman and Rob Francis.
THINK TANK: Gender, investment, and digital fragmentation risks
Think tankers have been busy, with gender, investment and digital overarching themes. A selection of the latest work by international trade policy think tanks by Maia Wilson, with some input from Iana Dreyer.
WTO investment facilitation deal: two items outstanding
WTO members are targeting the last week before Easter to wrap up negotiations on the substance of the proposed new agreement on ‘investment facilitation for development’, with only two key issues still awaiting resolution.
‘Optimism prevails’ on WTO investment facilitation deal
World Trade Organization members are on track to conclude textual negotiations on a new investment facilitation agreement by the middle of this year, in the view of the two ambassadors who are leading the discussions.
WTO: July deadline set for investment facilitation deal
WTO members set themselves a target of July this year for finalising negotiations on a plurilateral deal on investment facilitation. This week participants tried to define a path towards meeting the challenging deadline.
WTO investment facilitation negotiations to continue in 2023
World Trade Organization members are making slow but steady progress towards the conclusion of a new plurilateral agreement on investment facilitation for development.
WTO investment facilitation negotiations: an update
What are the 105 countries negotiating a possible new international treaty on investment at the World Trade Organization actually negotiating about? A draft consolidated text of the negotiations obtained by Borderlex might offer a few clues as negotiators meet today to try to bring matters forward.
“Historic” services deal, Laos, investment: plurilaterals fill MC12 space
You don’t need a ministerial conference to take important decisions at the World Trade Organization. Despite the 12th ministerial conference not happening this week as planned there has been movement in quite a few areas this week.
WTO ‘plurilateral’ agreements brace for moment of truth
India and South Africa never liked ‘plurilateral’ agreement negotiations initiated in the World Trade Organization after the Doha ministerial conference twenty years ago. But a series of agreements among a broad subset of members of the global trade institution are coming to fruition. Now the long-simmering disagreement between these two …