Program: Trade

All Hands On Deck To Confront The Energy Crisis

| 15 November 2022
Blog, Trade | Tags: Carbon Pricing, Energy, Fossil Fuel Subsidies
The current energy crisis illustrates once again the importance of reliable, diversified and affordable energy sources. Strong price increases inflict heavy economic damages: if coal, oil and gas retain their recent high prices, global spending on energy will reach 13% of GDP in 2022 – ... continue reading

Trade and the Environment: Focus on the Goals!

| 12 August 2022
Blog, Trade | Tags: Environment, WTO
Environmental concerns are moving up the trade policy agenda both in the WTO and regional trade agreements where countries discuss liberalizing trade in environmental goods and services. A first step is to agree on a definition of environmental goods and services. However, discussions have been ... continue reading

Fostering Global Cooperation

| 10 June 2022
Blog, Trade | Tags: Climate Change, Digital Governance, Trade Governance, WTO
As the world enters 2022, the global trading system seems to be stuck in a deep crisis: the trade war between the US and China continues into another year with most of the additional tariffs staying in place and the only things missing are the ... continue reading

Cross-border Movement of People and Its Critical Role for Services Trade

and | 28 February 2022
Blog, Trade | Tags: Mode 4, Services Trade, WTO
The importance of cross-border movement of people for services trade and the functioning of global value chains has been amply demonstrated during the COVID-19 crisis. While in normal times – and during the financial crisis in 2008 – services trade has been less volatile than ... continue reading

Liberalizing Services Trade. Insights from the OECD STRI

17 February 2022 16:00-17:00 CET | Online
Panel, Trade | Tags: Services Trade, Trade Liberalization
Global services trade regulations showed signs of liberalization in 2021, hitting a pause button on the steady rise in trade barriers witnessed in previous years. According to the recently released 2021 Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), services liberalization outpaced new restrictions during 2021. This however ... continue reading