Program: Trade

Postponing the WTO Ministerial Conference – Making the Unexpected Breathing Space a Turning Point

and | 6 December 2021
Blog, Trade | Tags: Agricultural Trade, Health, Services Trade, Trade Governance, WTO
The WTO 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which was due to take place in Geneva from 30 November – 3 December, was postponed indefinitely last minute due to new COVID-19 travel restrictions. Despite hectic activity on a rather modest agenda during the run-up to the event, ... continue reading

Trade in Environmental Services – Lowering the Barriers, Seizing the Benefits

Upcoming: 8 December 2021 10:00-11:30 CET | Online
Roundtables, Trade | Tags: Environmental Services, Green Growth, Services Trade
Major disruptions have often triggered technological revolutions and transitions to a new way of organizing production and consumption. The recovery from the Covid-19 crisis is such an opportunity for change. Technologies for a green recovery have matured over the past decade, and popular demand for ... continue reading

The Moratorium on Tariffs on E-commerce Should Stay

| 25 November 2021
Blog, Trade | Tags: Digitalization, Tariffs, WTO
The rise of the digital economy will be hitting the agenda at next week’s Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in many ways. The continuation of the provisional e-commerce moratorium is one of them – and one that is critical. The e-commerce ... continue reading

Carbon Prices and Carbon Leakage

and | 15 November 2021
Blog, Trade | Tags: Carbon Pricing, Carbon Tax
Over the past weeks, the conversation over a global carbon price has considerably moved up policy debates worldwide. Just half a year ago, hardly anyone would have seen such a global floor as a viable option. Now, it still comes with a big question mark, ... continue reading

Digital Trade: Top Trade Negotiation Priorities for Cross-Border Data Flows and Online Trade in Services

, , , , and | 16 September 2021
Policy Briefs, Trade | Tags: Digitalization, Services Trade, WTO
This policy brief sets out recommendations to achieve a new multilateral framework of trade rules in the digital arena, thereby facilitating continued digital transformation of services and growth in cross-border flows of data. The present moment is critical. Successful conclusion of World Trade Organization (WTO) ... continue reading