Creating employment and fighting corruption are two of the subjects discussed in the wide ranging discussion.
Meeting for the first time since 2017, the WTO’s highest decision-making body managed to agree on some things – including its first treaty with environmental protection as the objective.
Waiving patent rights on COVID-19 vaccines and drugs is still crucial to ensure access globally, but the waiver on the table at the June World Trade Organization meeting doesn’t do the job.
Boosters and vaccinating children mean we’re relying on two pharmaceutical companies to supply Australia’s COVID vaccines. That needs to change.
With the World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference – arguably its most important ever – happening next week, attempts to keep it ‘on life support’ may be counterproductive.
A new Russian law forces French champagne producers to label their products as ‘sparkling wine’.
The new flagship policy of the leading opposition party has been tried before, and it’s not compatible with the new UK free tradde agreements.
Behind the smiles and the scenic backdrops there are serious issues on the table when Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern meet in Queenstown this weekend.
Despite some public virtue signalling, the Canadian government is not doing all it can to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines. Canada has yet to announce its position on the WTO patent waiver.
The process will take months, if it’s even approved. But just the threat of waiving intellectual property rights could spur faster action.
Pfizer and Moderna are expected to make billions in revenue this year. It’s time all vaccine producers share their IP, data and know-how with the rest of the world.
Both sides can make a case, but they might not get the chance.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the first woman and the first African director general of the World Trade Organisation is a win for women globally.
Closer political ties between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau likely means a more constructive and co-operative approach to solving challenges between the two countries in the agri-food sector.
British shoppers won’t have seen any difference to the value of their pounds yet, but everything from baked beans to bargain holidays could be affected down the line.
New Zealand should recognise the high stakes and join the China-Australia WTO hearing as a third party.
For the UK to exit the EU on genuine Australian, no-deal or WTO terms, the British government would need to reject the WA/NIP. This now appears unlikely.
Australia and other governments refused to release the text until after it was signed on Sunday. It’ll do little for Australian trade.
The TRIPS waiver makes COVID-19 treatments more accessible globally by enabling manufacture and distribution of COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents.
A Trump election loss would suit NZ’s trade, climate and arms control foreign policies. But there will still be the problem of China.