May 2018

APEC Trade Ministers Shun Protectionism

ICTSD, May 31, 2018
The trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states gathered from 25 to 26 May in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for their 24th annual meet. Papua New Guinea and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on members to support the multilateral trading system, which did not translate into the ministerial statement.

15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition

FAO, May 28, 2018
The three-day conference will take a close look at the latest developments in the global and regional tuna industries, and will cover a wide range of topics on resources, fisheries management, markets and marketing, products and quality developments, new technology, trade and food safety as well as sustainability, eco-labelling and environmental issues.

The EU is no progressive free trader

EURACTIV, May 24 2018
If the EU truly wants to be the global progressive trading power, it needs to make sure its trade policy does not promote ill-health, and instead makes a real contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, writes George Thurley.

For Asia’s Sustainable Development, Regional Governments Must Take Taxation Seriously

The Diplomat, May 15, 2018
For most part, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are oriented towards securing human rights for populations across the world. However, economic, sociopolitical and developmental realities differ pointedly from international commitments made by countries in Asia. The neoliberal development model chosen by most Asian countries since the 1980s is geared towards achieving rapid and high economic growth based on trade and investment liberalization, privatization, and most importantly, a rolling back of the state.