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Stakeholder Perspectives on an Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

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Tuesday 6 July, 2021 - Follow up event from 21 June 2021
The United Kingdom and Australia launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 17 June 2020. Both sides committed to an ambitious and comprehensive agreement that covers services, investment and digital trade. With an agreement-in-principle now in place, the focus turns to how to maximise the benefits of the agreement and the future of Australia-UK services trade. 

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Digital Trade Integration (DTI) project

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1 July 2021. The Digital Trade Integration project aims to launch a network on digital trade which will work on the creation of (1) digital trade restrictions and (2) an index of digital trade integration. Digital trade has risen to the top of the international policy agenda given its sharp increase over the past decade and the sensitivity arising from related issues such as privacy, cybersecurity, freedom of expression, censorship, hate speech and disinformation.

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APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference

6 - 7 July 2021. Professor Jane Drake-Brockman presented at the recent APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference. 

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Stakeholder Perspectives on an Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

UK AUS flags podium

Monday 21st June, 2021
Australia and the United Kingdom launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 17 June 2020. Both sides have committed to an ambitious and comprehensive agreement that covers services, investment and digital trade. With an agreement-in-principle now in place, the focus turns to how to maximise the benefits of the agreement and the future of Australia-UK services trade. 

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Research Grant Round 4: Successful Applicants

Jean Monnet Network: Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) announces Research Grants - Round 4

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Webinar: Services Domestic Regulation

Services

Thursday 6 May, 2021
Over 140 participants from around the globe joined leading experts for an interactive and topical webinar discussing the WTO Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation, hosted by the Institute for International Trade.  A large high level panel, lead by key note speaker Jaime Coghi Arias - co-ordinator of the Joint Initiative spelled out the benefits of the potential Agreement

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Services Domestic Regulation - Doing the Obvious

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Markus Jelitto is Counsellor at the Services Trade Division, WTO Secretariat, Geneva. 
Services Trade has been growing continuously over the past three decades and was worth USD 13.3 trillion in 2017. Services value added accounts for almost half of all world trade (goods and services combined). Despite these impressive figures, the 2019 WTO World Trade Report finds that costs of trading services are about twice as high as trade cost for goods. A significant portion of these costs are attributable to regulatory divergence, as well as opaque regulations and cumbersome procedures. Through the development of disciplines on services domestic regulation, a group of currently 63 WTO members has set out to address these cost factors.

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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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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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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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