Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Western World

Three Little Pigs: EU and Russia face off

In recent news, the Russia ban on pork imports from the EU has arrived on the WTO’s doorstep.[1] Last January, Russian officials had imposed the ban after EU found swine fever in four wild boars in Lithuania and Poland. The move had massive trade repercussions especially because Russia is biggest importer of pork from the 28-member… Continue reading Three Little Pigs: EU and Russia face off

Asian powerhouses · The Doha Debate · Trade talks and negotiations

Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums

It has been almost 12 years since the concept of the “Doha Agenda” was developed. In the wake of several critics claiming that the WTO has failed as an international institution, Director General of the WTO, Roberto Azevẻdo recently warned that the institution has eight months to prove that it has a future. In London,… Continue reading Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums

Asian powerhouses · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Clash of the Titans: Why China is miffed with the TPP

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership  has become the focal point of several debates recently. I’ll try and take up a post on them soon. Here’s the plot in brief: The story begins in 2005. Brunei, New Zealand, Chile and Singapore entered into the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEPA) to promote regional trade and increase development… Continue reading Clash of the Titans: Why China is miffed with the TPP