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Where does the EU’s Eastern Expansion end?

By Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics & Jean Monnet Chair Economics of European Integration, the University of Adelaide. 
Until 1989 the eastern border of the EU was set by the Cold War.  Since the end of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, sixteen countries have joined the EU and the border has shifted many hundreds of kilometres to the east.   Apart from the three Baltic countries, the EU’s eastern frontier is now the border of the Soviet Union established in 1945.

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Australia-UK relations and the CPTPP

UK AUS flags podium

By Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics & Jean Monnet Chair Economics of European Integration, the University of Adelaide. 
On 17 September Jean Monnet Chair Richard Pomfret participated in an online discussion on
Potential Benefits Of An Australia-Uk Free Trade Agreement with Elisabeth Bowes, Chief Negotiator, Regional Trade Agreements Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Vivien Life, Director Asia and Australasia Negotiations within the UK Department for International Trade. The webinar was chaired by Peter Draper, Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade at The University of Adelaide.

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Call for Papers – The Impact of AI on White Collar Work

Online Conference November 25, 2020 on Zoom Co-hosted by AI-Econ Lab, Örebro University, Sweden; partner Ratio and the Trade & Investment in Services (TIISA) Network. An online interdisciplinary conference on the use of artificial intelligence in white collar work and implications for the labour market. Now requesting call for papers. 

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Managing the risks of rising government support: a case for policy transparency

Policy Transparency

Ken Ash is an Independent Consultant, IIT Visiting Fellow, and former OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture. 
Governments generally support the smooth functioning of their domestic economies, through maintaining systems of good governance and the rule of law and ensuring a coherent macroeconomic and structural policy environment. Extraordinary support is sometimes also warranted, as is the case today to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. Few would dispute that these are essential roles for governments.

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GENEVA TRADE WEEK: Digital Trade and Services Trade – Are They Increasingly the Same?

Geneva Trade Week;  Sept 28 - 2 Oct 2020. On behalf of the Australian Services Roundtable,  TIISA Network Director Jane Drake-Brockman moderated the opening session in the Digital Trade stream on Monday 28 September. 

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Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity (AESCON 2020)

The Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference (AESCON) conference is a major ASEM preparatory event around the theme of connectivity.   The conference was organized principally by the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and attracted participants from governments, think tanks, universities and the private sector. Initially scheduled to be held in Singapore on 25-27 February, the conference was postponed and held online on 22-25 September.

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Geneva Trade Week

Innovation in a digital age

29 September, 2020 The Jean Monnet Network - Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) presented Session 9 in the Digital Trade stream. Competition & Innovation in the Digital Age: Pro-Innovation Domestic & International Governance. Presentations highlighted critical issues on how policymakers and regulators can encourage both competition and innovation by facilitating trade in digitalised services and free flow of data.

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New Data links Outward Investment in Services to Australia’s Services Export Performance

Market Data

Jane Drake-Brockman is Industry Professor with the Institute for International Trade and Founder of the Australian Services Roundtable, which in 2020 celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Measurement of trade in services is notoriously difficult. The official statistics on imports and exports contained in the Balance of Payments (BOP) are well known, for example, as measuring poorly at best only three of the four modes of international supply of services.

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Interactive Webinar - Prospects for Commonwealth Trade in a Post-COVID Landscape

Commonwealth Flags

24 September 2020, The Institute for International Trade held an interactive webinar with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on the prospects, opportunities and challenges for Commonwealth trade in the global trading landscape. The webinar highlighted the main findings from two forthcoming studies by the Commonwealth Secretariat on (1) the Commonwealth’s trade in a post-COVID landscape; and (2) the implications of the slowing Indian economy for Commonwealth trade.

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Think20 Policy Brief: Impact of Digital Technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Trade in Services

Friday 18 September 2020  marked the beginning of the T20 Summit Season, celebrated the work of T20 Task Force 1: Trade, Investment and Growth.
Jane Drake-Brockman Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide coordinated and  presented TIISA Policy Brief 4: Impact of Digital Technologies and The Fourth Industrial Revolution on Trade in Services

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