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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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Perspectives: WTO plurilateral agreements should be welcomed

News of agreement on the Joint Statement Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation were a highlight of last week’s World Trade Organization’s Public Forum. Given that full-blown multilateral deals look unlikely in the immediate future in the global trade institution, deepening the trade rulebook among selected countries is better than the …

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James Bacchus: The WTO simply must prove that it can do something, not just talk

James Bacchus spoke with Rob Francis about the European Union’s carbon border adjustment mechanism, trade in medicines and medical products, how the Biden Administration is progressing on trade policy – and the World Trade Organization in all this. 

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WTO Corner: Trade and Health, China, MPIA, WTO Secretariat

China joins Trade and Health Initiative It’s gone almost unnoticed, but the Ottawa-Group sponsored ‘trade and healthcare’ initiative is officially expanding, with China joining the group, alongside Hong Kong, Iceland, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom. The announcement was made official in a communication circulated on 22 April …

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Event invitation: Do we need a WTO climate waiver?

Borderlex is pleased to partner with the Geneva-based Trade Policy Exchange for a fascinating conversation: how to make trade rules and the fight against climate change better compatible at the World Trade Organization. The event will feature Jim Bacchus from the Centre for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the …