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Episode 3 of Trade Policy Decoded is out now! This week, Peter and Pru run the ruler over the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations and the IPEF Supply Chain agreement. The podcast explores the contrasts in IPEF's 'cooperation' rather than 'commitment' approach, lofty ambitions but loose arrangements, great intentions without binding provisions, and a Supply Chain agreement that could be the emperor's new clothes or values imperialism.
Jim Redden, is an External Trade and Development Advisor to DFAT, Director, Economic Development Services Ltd, and IIT Visiting Fellow. Recently Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong unveiled the government’s updated international development programme. In this Brief Visiting Fellow Jim Redden charts its contours, with focus on its Aid for Trade dimension in relation to the Pacific. This is particularly relevant to members of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (Plus), which recently came into force and is starting to demonstrate substantial positive impacts. These countries stand to benefit from the variety of trade-related assistance now available under the new development programme.
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