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IIT Monthly Newsletter - February 2021

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IIT Monthly Newsletter - February 2021
In this months edition of our newsletter we publish articles by Dr Pascal Kerneis - Managing Director of the European Services Forum, Brussels. Pascal discusses the EU-China negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), What could this agreement bring to European service businesses? Patrick Low, formerly WTO Chief Economist, canvasses the emerging battle lines concerning taxation of digital services.

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Bilateral EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement

Wednesday 27 January, 2021. the Institute for International Trade in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong & the European Services Forum, co-hosted the first 2021 Policy Outreach webinar for the Jean Monnet Network: Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA)The topic was the Bilateral EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment and the Key Note Speaker was the EU Chief Negotiator for the Agreement, Ms Maria Martin-Prat.

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Cold War 2.0: Implications for Middle Powers

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Carlos A. Primo Braga is an Adjunct Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil. 
The commercial and geopolitical conflict between China and the United States is unlikely to abate in the coming years. This brief discusses the contours of recent geopolitical history in order to contextualize the nature of this new “Cold War” between the two superpowers. 

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Putting the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) into perspective: Five key points

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Bryan Mercurio is Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  On 30 December 2020, the European Union (EU) and China ‘in principle’ concluded  negotiations on a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). The European Commission published the text of the CAI on 22 January 2021. The agreement has been welcomed by the business community but criticised by civil society and the United States (US).

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Reforming industrial subsidies usage through the WTO: Process Proposals

Reforming industrial subsidies

Professor Peter Draper is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade. Dr Naoise McDonagh is Lecturer in Political Economy at the Institute for International Trade.
The distorting effects of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and industrial subsidies on global market competition has become a topic of increasing importance for many World Trade Organization (WTO) members in recent years.

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The EU-China Investment Deal: Perspectives of the European services sectors on new opportunities in the world’s second largest economy

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Dr Pascal Kerneis is Managing Director of the European Services Forum, Brussels.
On 30 December 2020, the European Union and China have concluded in principle the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). What could this agreement bring to European service businesses?

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Global Food Systems: Fit for the Future?

Global Food Systems

Ken Ash is an Independent Consultant, IIT Visiting Fellow, and former OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture.
Well-functioning global food systems matter, to all of usGlobal food systems perform well overall, and today provide more safe, nutritious, and affordable food per capita than ever before. At the same time, over 800 million people are undernourished and a higher number are overweight.

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TIISA Young Scholars Awards Presentations & Webinar

Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) was please to host an online presentation and discussion with the recent winners of the Young Scholar Paper Award offering a Paper Award who presented their papers on topics relating to International Trade and Investment in Services

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The case for multilateral agreement on digital taxation

digital services

Patrick Low is Former Head of Research, WTO Secretariat 
The growing virtual economy is encouraging countries to introduce digital services taxes and similar mechanisms that are discriminatory, intentionally or otherwise. They distort economic outcomes, reduce growth and generate uncertainty. They provoke trade retaliation, and destabilize tax and trade regimes. A multilateral solution to digital taxation is urgently needed.

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CALL FOR PAPERS - Research Grants Round 4

The TIISA Network is now offering Round 4 of Research Grants. These grants are between €500 - €5000 to support research in the field of trade and investment in services and which improves knowledge of or contributes to the process of European economic integration in services. Research outcomes are expected to be published in edited volumes and in peer-reviewed journals and disseminated to the broader public through the Jean Monnet TIISA Network Working Paper series

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