Author: Jennifer Freedman

Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Beyond Brussels: So how much of TPP is in the USMCA?
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Beyond Brussels: So how much of TPP is in the USMCA?

President Donald Trump said he pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it was a “horrible deal” that stole American jobs while benefiting big corporations. But Washington’s new agreement with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA, has incorporated many elements from TPP (reborn as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement …

Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?
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Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?

Washington’s insistence that the World Trade Organization must be modernised before it gets behind proposals to fill Appellate Body vacancies begs the question: Why hasn’t the US come up with its own proposals to reform the Geneva-based trade body? The Trump administration said in its February Trade Policy Agenda that …

USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions
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USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions

He’s done it again: US President Donald Trump took credit for clinching a “wonderful” deal with Canada after Washington and Ottawa said they had reworked the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement just weeks after Mexico accepted a revision of the trilateral pact. Sunday’s announcement came six days after Trump finalised …

Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is
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Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is

Donald Trump signed his first major trade deal on Monday, an update to the US pact with Korea that the president called a “very big deal” that is “very, very good for American farmers”. More sober assessments are that the revisions to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement are modest and …

Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid
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Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid

Any mention of the World Trade Organization these days usually includes the words “reform” or “Appellate Body”. While efforts to limit harmful fisheries subsidies aren’t making many big headlines right now, the good news is that they actually seem to be making some progress. That’s not to say a deal …

Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset
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Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset

Trade ministers from the world’s top 20 economies will gather today in the coastal Argentine town of Mar del Plata to discuss issues such as e-commerce and inclusive global value chains in the agricultural sector. But there can be little doubt that the $500 billion firestorm brewing between the US …