March 2018

Hailing African free trade agreement, Guterres says UN ready to support continent’s ‘leap into history’

UN News, March 22, 2018
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the singing of a continental free trade agreement in Africa that has created one of the world’s largest trading blocs with over 50 countries.

Countries Sign Pacific Rim Trade Deal

ICTSD, March 15, 2018
The 11 countries forming the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are now beginning their domestic processes to ratify the accord, with the hopes of bringing it into force “expeditiously,” possibly even this year or in early 2019.

Australia, ASEAN Leaders Pledge Commitment to Free Trade, Highlight Regional Cooperation

ICTSD, March 22, 2018
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia met in Sydney on 18 March to discuss the next steps for their Strategic Partnership, initiated in 2014, with regional trade agreements, digital trade, and sustainable urbanisation high on the agenda.