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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 …

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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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WTO Corner: Kenya, Saudi, UK candidates for top job, EUI survey, Japan, investment facilitation

Three candidates from African continent So now it’s official. There are now three candidates from the African continent vying for the WTO’s director-general job. Kenya submitted the candidacy of Amina Mohamed, a high-profile Kenyan politician and a former envoy to the WTO who hosted the last ministerial meeting in Nairobi …

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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%,” …