Issue No. 638, 1-15 April 2017
Formal WTO talks on investment facilitation blocked

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India and others ensure IF can’t be discussed formally at WTO
Formal discussion in the WTO on the contentious topic of investment facilitation has been blocked following opposition spearheaded by India.
by D. Ravi Kanth

Investment facilitation proposals and India’s objections
India had objected to WTO General Council discussion of investment facilitation on the grounds that the subject lies outside the WTO’s ambit.
by Chakravarthi Raghavan

US, India-South Africa nix move for investment facilitation accord at G20
Proponents of the investment facilitation issue had earlier suffered another setback at the G20 major economies forum when attempts to push through a draft agreement in this area were opposed by the US, India and South Africa.
by D. Ravi Kanth

G33 insist on unambiguous outcomes at MC11 on food security
In the face of the push for investment facilitation and e-commerce talks, the G33 developing-country coalition are confronted with the uphill task of securing development-friendly reforms to agricultural trade at the coming WTO Ministerial Conference.
by D. Ravi Kanth

India’s TFS proposal gets little support
India’s proposal for launching talks at the WTO on trade facilitation in services has sparked concern among developing countries which contend that it is too wide-ranging and not covered by a WTO negotiating mandate.
by D. Ravi Kanth

Efforts to import parts of failed TiSA into services DR thwarted
Proposals said to be drawn from failed talks on liberalizing trade in services provoked intense debate at a recent meeting of the WTO body charged with negotiating disciplines on domestic services regulation.
by D. Ravi Kanth

Positions unchanged on public stockholding, SSM, HOD told
Member states are still far apart on the issues to be prioritized in the run-up to the WTO’s Ministerial Conference this December, as revealed by deliberations at an 8 May meeting of heads of delegation.
by Kanaga Raja

Panama urged to deepen reforms on tax evasion
Panama, which was in the global spotlight after the Panama Papers exposed the facilitation of tax abuses in the country, needs to plug gaps in governance and regulation in order to better curb illicit financial flows, says a UN rights expert.
by Kanaga Raja