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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Geneva Trade Week 2020 is a digital conference organized by the Geneva Trade Platform and running from Friday the 25th of September through to Friday the 2nd of October.
Taking place in the week of the now cancelled WTO Public Forum, Geneva Trade Week brings together policymakers, academics, experts, the private sector and passionate activists to discuss trade, its impact, and its connection to the most pressing issues of our time.
IIT hosted 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 (DFAT), and Vivien Life, Director Asia and Australasia Negotiations within the UK Department for International Trade. The two negotiators emphasized the like-mindedness of the UK and Australia when it came to international trade, implying that an agreement could be reached speedily.
Chenye Zhang, IIT Visiting Researcher and PhD Candidate at the University for International Business and Economics.
A Chinese perspective: In November 2013 BIT negotiations between China and the EU officially commenced. The goal was to reach a high-level agreement covering investment protection and market access. At the China-EU Summit in 2019, both parties reached consensus on achieving a high-level BIT by the end of 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused difficulties, China and the EU have been actively pushing the negotiations forward.
THINK20 Policy Brief: Impact of Digital Technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Trade in Services
15 co-authors (8 from the TIISA Network, including coordinating lead Professor Drake-Brockman), offer recommendations to G20 Leaders to start shaping a trade policy agenda for a digital future. Digital technologies are putting trade in services on a stronger relative growth path than trade in goods. Digital enablement of services depends on inputs of cross-border data flows. For every nation to reap the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution, sustained openness to international services trade, investment, and data flows is essential.
The Jean Monnet TIISA Network invites submissions for the 2020 Conference. In line with the Network’s interdisciplinary character, this includes papers in the fields of law, political science, business & economics. Working together, IIT and UIBE aim to provide a safe and accessible way for the Jean Monnet Network on Trade & Investment in Services to come together as a Research Network in Annual Conference format during 2020.
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