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“Make it attractive for developing countries to adopt higher labor, environmental and digital standards.”

Wed, 10:25 AM

They met in France to discuss concerns about Russia and China as well as the “looming threat of a trade war” between the EU and the UK.

Wed, 10:22 AM

Also on the agenda: The Summit of the Americas and the 12th WTO ministerial.

Tue, 12:56 PM

They met in France to discuss concerns about Russia and China as well as the “looming threat of a trade war” between the EU and the UK.

Tue, 10:14 AM

“USTR must adhere to the 2015 Consultation Guidelines as it continues to negotiate trade deals on a bilateral, plurilateral, and multilateral basis.”

Tue, 8:00 AM
By Jessica Karins

The federal government should investigate whether the Buy American Act is failing to support U.S. manufacturers of renewable energy equipment, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee has recommended.

By Brett Fortnam

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security this week said it will not distinguish between “emerging” and “foundational” technologies when issuing export controls.

By Hannah Monicken

World Trade Organization members are pushing for the 12th ministerial conference’s outcome document to include language on WTO reform and e-commerce, but consensus has been hard to come by on both issues as members fight over whether to extend the moratorium on e-commerce duties and how to outline future reform talks.

Initial congressional reaction to the unveiling of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework has been mostly positive, though some prominent lawmakers from both parties continue to press the administration for more traditional market-access discussions with countries in the region.

News analysis
By Brett Fortnam

India is officially one of the 13 founding members of the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, but the scope of New Delhi’s participation remains to be seen -- and some analysts believe it will be focused less on trade and more on the framework’s supply chain, infrastructure and clean energy, and tax and anticorruption efforts.

Insider Interview
By Margaret Spiegelman

The United States and the European Union are embarking on efforts to better coordinate approaches to investment screening -- a “concrete” endeavor essential to “protecting the common enterprise” as they push to strengthen economic ties, according to Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez.

  • “Fish Week” at the World Trade Organization -- the first of at least two planned ahead of the 12th ministerial conference in June -- succeeded in shifting momentum in the negotiations to rein in harmful fisheries subsidies toward a constructive, more flexible atmosphere, but now members must put their money where their mouth is to reach an agreement, the chair of the talks said on Friday.

  • The World Trade Organization negotiations on whether and how to waive some intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines have reached text-based talks but lack the political momentum and urgency from members needed to move them forward, the chair of the WTO body tasked with concluding the negotiations said on Thursday.

  • Indo-Pacific Economic Framework negotiations this week will begin among the U.S. and a dozen other countries, including seven members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and include talks about a mechanism for adding new members, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday, previewing the deal’s launch.

  • Congressional leaders are hoping to wrap up the conference reconciling the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the House’s America COMPETES Act by the Fourth of July, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Thursday.