International organizations launch platform to promote access to subsidy information

  Following the launch of the Platform, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (WTO), Mathias Cormann (OECD), David Malpass (World Bank) and Kristalina Georgieva (IMF) issued the following joint statement: “Since we launched the joint report on Subsidies, Trade, and International Cooperation in April 2022,the magnitude of costly subsidies has grown and so have tensions around their use. At the same […]

Reforming the WTO Through Inclusive and Development-friendly Approaches

Making Plurilateral Initiatives Work for All: Reforming the WTO Through Inclusive and Development-friendly Approaches Abstract Updating the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules has become imperative to address pressing global issues such as food security, pandemic responses, climate and the environment, and emerging areas in services trade. Plurilateral agreements can be a viable option where achieving […]

Must Do Better Trade & Industrial Policy and the SDGs The 30th Global Trade Alert Report by Simon J. Evenett and Johannes Fritz

Trade policy in the 21st century is expected to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, there are concerns regarding the tension between neoliberal trade reforms and progress on poverty eradication, hunger reduction, and clean energy adoption, among other SDGs. The lack of comprehensive tracking of government interventions in trade policy […]

Recommendations on foreign trade policy

This document presents recommendations for Brazil’s foreign trade policy based on discussions and papers from the CEBRI International Trade and Global Economy Program. The objective is to contribute to the ongoing debate and assist the Brazilian society and government in making informed decisions in the coming years. The recommendations revolve around strengthening Brazil’s relations with […]

Can the World Trade Organization be saved? Should it?

Heads of state, trade ministers, and academics have repeatedly called for reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO), the institution charged with the stewardship of the global trading system. The durability and worth of the WTO are being increasingly questioned despite the fact that by almost all objective measures, it has been a great success, with […]

Members address development dimension of WTO reform agenda

WTO members met on 2-3 February for focused discussions on the development dimension of the WTO’s reform agenda. The informal General Council meeting on WTO reform offered members an opportunity to kickstart an exchange on cross-cutting aspects of the development dimension with a view to finding mutually acceptable ways forward. Following the opening session on […]

The world trading system needs a more assertive European Union

The world trading system needs a more assertive European Union Alan Wm. Wolff (PIIE) DATE March 15, 2023 2:00 PM Photo Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman View Sharing Options A team of experts in the European Union (EU) is engaged in a fresh effort at “strategic foresight.” The idea is to identify the challenges the EU is […]