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News Article | April 17, 2017
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The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), the largest spring electronics event in Asia, and the concurrent HKTDC International ICT Expo opened today. The four-day fairs (13-16 April), are both being organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 3,500 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions are showcasing an assortment of cutting-edge technologies and smart products at the fairs, including innovative solutions and products presented by start-ups. - Startup zone showcases creativity of 100+ companies - A growing force in the business arena in recent years, start-ups number more than 1,900 in the city, according to an Invest Hong Kong report last year. Many young entrepreneurs are introducing new ideas and distinctive products resulting from their creativity and technological expertise. In view of this trend, the HKTDC introduced the Startup zone at the Electronics Fair and ICT Expo this year to feature the innovative technologies, products and services of more than 100 start-ups from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, the United States and Taiwan. The zone features a panoply of innovations from start-ups including an all-in-one real estate digital platform incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) technology (Booth: 3CON-240), an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered data analysis platform for monitoring pet health (Booth: 3CON-240), an audio streaming box that digitises audio and transmits it to a smart device (Booth: 3CON-169) and a smart cloud-based temperature and humidity monitor for cold chain logistics such as cargo containers carrying food and beverages (Booth: 3CON-216). A series of start-up themed events are being held at the fairs. These include sharing sessions featuring representatives from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, the crowdfunding platform FringeBacker, successful entrepreneurs, angel investors and start-up online media. There are also Pitching and "Startup, Smart Launch" sessions for start-ups to pitch their solutions and project ideas to potential investors, buyers and media. At mentoring sessions, mentors will help start-ups connect with potential partners at the fairs. Two events to be held on the last day of the fairs (16 April) - the "Together Stronger: Creating Impact via Regional Collaboration" sharing session and the APEC Startup Ecosystem Roundtable - will explore ways that start-ups from around the world can collaborate for greater innovation and impact. - 170+ buying missions to generate business opportunities for exhibitors - To help exhibitors capture more business opportunities, the HKTDC has organised over 170 buying missions comprising more than 12,900 buyers from over 9,400 companies to visit the fairs. Participants include major global importers, distributors, retailers and IT consultants, such as Amazon from the United States, Brazil's JTI, Argentina's Mas Singergia SA, France's Groupe SEB, the United Kingdom's Ukbigbuy, the Czech Republic's Enreco Trade, Russia's Bars Group, Australia's Catch of the Day, the Chinese mainland's Wangfujing Department Store, Thailand's 24 Shopping, Korea's Hyundai and Japan's Mindfree. To meet buyers' growing need to source in small orders, the Spring Electronics Fair once again features the hktdc.com Small Orders zone, where some 300 showcases offering close to 3,000 products are available in minimum order quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces. In view of the popularity of e-commerce, the hktdc.com Small Orders online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com) is also available for global buyers to source products and complete transactions online. The online platform currently features over 120,000 products from more than 11,000 suppliers, and has generated more than 2.1 million business connections to date. - Inaugural Tech Hall, Virtual Reality zone at Spring Electronics Fair - The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) is the largest spring electronics fair in Asia. In its 14th edition, this year's fair features more than 2,900 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from Singapore and Spain. Major electronics production centres such as the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan have also set up group pavilions to showcase a broad selection of innovative electronic products and services. New to this year's fair is a Tech Hall with four themed zones: the new Virtual Reality zone and the returning Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech and Wearable Electronics zones. The Virtual Reality zone features a range of VR headsets, video cameras and related technology. The Connected Home zone features an infrared transceiver, which connects all infrared-controlled household appliances in a home, such as air-conditioners and audio systems to a single smart home system. Another popular zone is Wearable Electronics, where highlighted products include a personal safety alarm pendant that sends emergency text and email messages with the user's location data to prearranged contacts. At the Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone are various aerial cameras and robots, including a DIY Building Blocks Drone that allows users to design and build their own drones. Wi-Fi FPV (First Person View) cameras and air pressure sensors can be added to the drone to improve its altitude stability during flight and capture higher quality video. During the first three days of the fair (13-15 April), the HKTDC is organising a series of seminars under the "2017 Tech Trends Symposium". Industry experts and academics from universities will examine the latest technology and application trends in such areas as wearable tech, VR, Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), smart home and robotics. Speakers comprise experts from Hong Kong, the mainland, France, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and the US, including representatives from Fitbit, Foxconn, Intel, Unity Technologies, university professors and successful start-ups. - Hall of Fame gathers global renowned brands - Another highlight of the Spring Electronics Fair is the Hall of Fame, which features more than 570 internationally renowned quality brands, including Intel and Motorola from the US, Bigben from France, Leplus from Japan, Desay from the mainland and local brand Holga. In terms of market development, the overall HKTDC Export Index rebounded strongly from 33.7 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 47.1 in the first quarter of 2017. The electronics industry index recorded an even higher reading, jumping from 34.2 to 48.2 during the same period, an indication of exporters' steadily improving confidence. The electronics industry is Hong Kong's largest merchandise export earner, accounting for 65 per cent of Hong Kong's total exports in 2016 with a value of HK$2.35 trillion, up 2.5 per cent year on year. - International ICT Expo showcases diverse solutions - The International ICT Expo is one of the signature events of the "International IT Fest 2017". This year's expo has attracted approximately 600 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Japan. Launched last November, the Innovation and Technology Commission's Technology Voucher Programme provides funding of up to HK$200,000 to subsidise local SMEs that use technological services and solutions to improve productivity and stay competitive. The ICT Expo helps SMEs and other larger-scale enterprises by gathering the latest relevant services and ICT solutions under one roof, including Internet security systems, e-commerce platforms, third-party payment, logistics management and O2O business solutions. This year's expo continues to feature the SME IT Clinic, where experts from Alibaba, Google Premier Partner and hktdc.com offer complimentary professional consultation services on-site to help SMEs select suitable ICT systems and solutions to enhance business efficiency. Winners of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2017, organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, will also be at the fairground to showcase and demonstrate their outstanding products and solutions. - ICT Expo opens to tertiary students on last day to offer career information - A series of seminars and forums are staged at the ICT Expo with daily themes: "e-Commerce & FinTech" (13 April), "Startups" (14 April), "Disruptive Technology" (15 April) and "Career Development" (16 April). Leading industry experts from Accenture, Cyberport, Google, the Innovation and Technology Commission and the Retail Technology Adoption Assistance Scheme for Manpower Demand Management (ReTAAS) Secretariat will discuss such hot topics as Fintech, cybersecurity, e-commerce, Technology Voucher Programme, the ReTAAS, big data, the Internet of Things and sharing economy. For the first time, the expo will open to tertiary students free of charge on the last day (16 April), with representatives from the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Hong Kong Productivity Council and the MTR Corp Ltd giving talks on prospects for the ICT industry and career opportunities. Some exhibitors will introduce entry requirements for their various positions, while cpjobs.com, JobsDB and Recruit will provide career-counselling services for students interested in the ICT industry. In 2016, total exports of IT equipment (computer & parts) reached HK$365.1 billion. Many markets recorded satisfactory performance, including the US, Japan, the Netherlands and the Philippines. Details of the two fairs: Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) / International ICT Expo - Date: 13-16 April 2017 (Thursday to Sunday) - Time: 13-15 April 9:30am to 6:30pm 16 April 9:30am to 5:00pm (ICT Expo open to tertiary students) - Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong - Website: http://hkelectronicsfairse.hktdc.com/ , www.hktdc.com/ictexpo/ - Media Registration: Press registration counter: Hall 1E Concourse, Harbour Road Entrance, HKCEC Media & Webcast Centre: Expo Drive Entrance, HKCEC Photo download: http://bit.ly/2p9icf4 Highlight Products and Solutions: - Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition): http://bit.ly/2nGrrn3 - International ICT Expo: http://bit.ly/2ou7xuk - Startup zone exhibitors: http://bit.ly/2oZypUq To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:


Certification Reinforces Asurion's Global Leadership in Protecting Data Privacy; Aids Asurion in Facilitating Business across APEC Countries NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asurion, a global technology protection and support provider, announced today its data privacy program is certified compliant with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. Asurion partnered with TRUSTe, the leading global data privacy management (DPM) company, to certify Asurion as being CBPR compliant following an extensive review of Asurion's privacy policies and practices. "As a global technology leader, we are deeply committed to data privacy for our customers and employees worldwide," said Scott Mackelprang, vice president and chief privacy officer at Asurion. "Our certification under the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules framework recognizes this commitment and confirms that our privacy practices match the promises we make to our customers and employees. We believe that protecting individual privacy rights is about trust, which is essential for our business." The APEC CBPR system is a voluntary but enforceable program developed to establish consistent, meaningful privacy protections for personal information that flows across borders within the 21-member APEC countries. The certification allows U.S.-based Asurion to better facilitate business across APEC countries, including Japan, through privacy-compliant Asia-Pacific customer and HR data transfers. "TRUSTe believes a strong data privacy management program is critical for companies to build customer trust and ensure privacy compliance," said TRUSTe CEO Chris Babel. "We congratulate Asurion in meeting the APEC privacy framework requirements and demonstrating their privacy commitment to users, partners, and regulators." About TRUSTeTRUSTe powers privacy compliance and trust by enabling businesses to use data across their customer, employee and vendor channels. We have two decades experience and a team of over 150 professionals dedicated to providing data privacy management solutions and services, including assessments, certifications and our SaaS-based Platform. The Data Privacy Management Platform provides control over all phases of privacy; from conducting assessments and implementing compliance controls to managing ongoing monitoring. Companies worldwide rely on TRUSTe to minimize compliance risk and protect their brand. For further information see www.truste.com. About AsurionSimply put, Asurion helps people stay connected. As the global leader of connected life services, we provide more than 305 million consumers around the world with simple, intuitive technology advice to help them get the most from their devices; support to fix their issues and connectivity crises, and device protection to ensure they receive a replacement or repair. When a product is missing or simply doesn't work properly, Asurion's 16,000 employees are focused on solving the problem with people and processes operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, speaking six languages, and working across any device, platform, or provider. By partnering with leading retailers, mobile carriers and pay-tv providers, Asurion helps customers enhance their lives through their technology. For more information about Asurion, please visit www.asurion.com.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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The upgrade of the cross-border e-commerce platform and the Digital Trade Center (DTC) enables SMEs in Turkey and China to export goods to the corresponding country. 1.       Establishing a platform that enables two-way trade and merges online and offline business; On October 15, 2015, in the presence of a senior Chinese official and Turkish President Erdogan, China signed its first Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation Agreement with Turkey. The cooperation was proposed by Diane Wang, co-chair of G20 Business Summit and Founder and CEO of DHgate. The Online Silk Road of the Belt and Road Initiative is where the "Internet+" and "the Belt and Road Initiative" overlap. It's also a powerhouse for economic and trade development of countries along the Belt and Road. DHgate will continue to help SMEs to realize their dream to "buy globally, sell globally", and help to extend the Online Silk Road to the whole world and bring more opportunities for future business. Comments from the Two Parties "The Sino-Turkish program is the first bilateral cross-border e-commerce cooperation witnessed by Presidents from two countries. It is a great honor for DHgate to be part of this cooperation. We hope the program can be a successful model for future cross-border e-commerce bilateral cooperation. The Sino-Turkish program has been very fruitful—DHgate has successfully helped 150,000 Chinese SMEs to enter the Turkish market, and has already held APEC CBET workshops in Turkey. Today, the Sino-Turkish program welcomed its 2.0 stage. As the founder, enabler and integrator of cross-border e-commerce platforms, DHgate will continue to help more SMEs to "buy globally, sell globally." "The Turkish e-commerce market is developing fast and has huge potential. Turkish consumers like Chinese products such as wigs, outdoor products and consumer electronics products. High-quality Turkish products are also waiting to enter the Chinese market through cross-border e-commerce. We look forward to promoting the development of Sino- Turkish digital trade, and benefit business people from the two counties by merging the online with the offline." DHgate is the biggest B2B transactional cross-border e-commerce marketplace in China, offering integrated services for international logistics, cross-border payments, internet financing, and online marketing. DHgate's 1.4 million sellers offer 40 million products and serve 10 million buyers from 230 countries and regions. Import now @DHgate.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dhgate-brings-a-promising-breakthrough-to-sino-turkish-e-commerce-300452220.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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The past weekend saw ministerial meetings of multiple configurations in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, as officials discussed the future of various trade-related initiatives in the region. The main event was the trade ministers’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, a regional coalition of 21 economies. The event was the first since Robert Lighthizer was confirmed as US Trade Representative (USTR) earlier this month under the Trump administration. (See Bridges Weekly, 18 May 2017) The Hanoi meeting reportedly saw countries debate how to address topics such as protectionism, the definitions of free and fair trade, and the sources of trade distortions – a series of issues that has emerged in trade and finance ministers’ meetings of other country groupings throughout the year, particularly in light of the new US leadership’s trade agenda. “APEC provides a great opportunity to focus energy on the barriers to its stated objective of free and open trade – a goal that cannot be met without tackling trade-distorting measures that have led to massive US trade imbalances in the region,” said Lighthizer in a statement following the discussions. Officials from the 21-country coalition ultimately signed off on a set of “trade actions” on various trade-related topics, from facilitating trade and reducing trade costs, to making progress on their efforts to create a “roadmap on the internet and digital economy.” While many of the sections are similar to the May 2016 trade ministers’ statement from their meeting in Arequipa, some sections have not been included in this year’s version, such as last year’s section on fossil fuel subsidy reform. The trade actions document released this weekend also does not refer specifically to the commitment reaffirmed by leaders in Lima last year to “resist all forms of protectionism” and the debate over globalisation and the “emergence of protectionist trends.” Other topics raised in the “trade actions” document last weekend included pressing countries that have not yet implemented tariff cuts on an agreed list of environmental goods to do so. It also calls for making “further progress on the work plan on advancing the Lima Declaration on FTAAP,” referring to the 2016 annex which reaffirmed the countries’ commitment to developing a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. (See Bridges Weekly, 12 September 2012 and 24 November 2016) Separately, Vietnam’s Minister of Industry of Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, released a chair’s statement summarising the discussions held in Hanoi. That same statement included a qualifier saying that it represented “un-unified but prevailing views of APEC economies.” Media reports indicate that the US was unable to sign onto this statement, which was why it was released on behalf of the meeting’s chair. The statement includes longstanding language on resisting and rolling back protectionist measures, among other pledges. “We reaffirm our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight against all forms of protectionism by reaffirming our pledge against protectionism through a standstill commitment that we agreed to extend until the end of 2020 and to roll back protectionist and trade-distorting measures. At the same time, we need to ensure a level playing field in order to enjoy the benefits of trade,” said the chair’s statement. The US reportedly had pushed back specifically against language on protectionism, among other areas, with Lighthizer telling reporters that Washington is instead aiming for a discussion on how to foster freer, fairer trade. “Our view is that we want free trade, we want fair trade, we want a system that leads to greater market efficiency throughout the world,” said Lighthizer, according to comments reported by Reuters. The US trade chief has particularly raised concerns over addressing “unfair” practices by trading partners and gaining better markets for American exports overseas – issues raised by other officials in the administration. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was also on hand during the Hanoi meetings, giving an address to APEC trade ministers on the preparations for the WTO’s next ministerial conference, being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December. “The dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region illustrate how cooperation at the regional level can have a significant impact – including for the wider multilateral trading system,” said Azevêdo. “However, even if all regional agreements could be completed tomorrow, we would still need an effective and well-functioning WTO. Almost none of the global trade challenges we face today would be easier to solve outside of the multilateral system,” added the WTO chief. Meanwhile, trade ministers from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries pledged to come up with options for bringing the agreement into force, with senior officials to prepare a slate of alternatives ahead of the APEC leaders’ meeting scheduled for 10-11 November in Danang, Vietnam. “The ministers agreed on the value of realising the TPP’s benefits and to that end, they agreed to launch a process to assess options to bring the comprehensive, high quality agreement into force expeditiously, including how to facilitate membership for the original signatories,” said the joint ministerial statement released on Sunday. The TPP-11 ministerial meeting was held on the sidelines of the APEC trade ministers’ gathering. The group has been mulling how best to proceed with the TPP, given the US’ withdrawal from the agreement earlier this year. To that end, that group already met in March in Viña del Mar, Chile, and also held a senior officials’ meeting in Toronto, Canada, in preparation for this week’s discussions. (See Bridges Weekly, 9 February 2017 and 4 May 2017) The original TPP signatories included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – as well as the United States. While some countries in the group have already ratified the TPP, such as New Zealand, others have not, with the group said to still be debating whether to ratify the agreement as it stands or whether to revise it in order to account for losing the US. Along with pledging to put together this “assessment” in time for the November APEC leaders’ meeting, the TPP-11 ministers also referred to the prospect of bringing on additional countries into the trade agreement. “The ministers also underlined their vision for the TPP to expand to include other economies that can accept the high standards of the TPP,” they said. Ministers representing another Asia-Pacific initiative known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) also met in Hanoi this past weekend to take stock of their efforts to conclude a 16-country trade agreement. The RCEP project was formally launched in 2012, and negotiators have held 18 rounds to date, with the latest round being held from 2-12 May in the Philippines. The agreement brings together the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their free trade agreement (FTA) partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. Previous targets for concluding the RCEP talks have passed unmet. However, the group has said repeatedly in recent months that they hope to clinch a deal this year, which would include areas like goods and services market access, investment, intellectual property, dispute settlement, and competition rules, among others. “The ministers noted that the substantial conclusion of the RCEP has been identified as a priority deliverable in this milestone year of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. The ministers noted the necessity of significant progress and committed to work together to this end,” said a joint media statement issued on 22 May. The statement also referred to areas where the RCEP talks have seen the most progress, along with hinting at which areas still remain sticking points in the negotiations to come. For example, the RCEP chapter on economic and technical cooperation, as well as the chapter on small and medium-sized enterprises, have both been finalised. However, on market access, the statement suggested that “more work is required to improve offers that have been tabled to date.” ICTSD reporting; “APEC Trade Ministers Omit Protectionism Pledge in Statement,” BLOOMBERG, 21 May 2017; “Disagreements surface over China-backed trade deal,” REUTERS, 22 May 2017; “U.S. and Pacific Rim countries at odds in heated trade meeting,” REUTERS, 21 May 2017.


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News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: www.ictsd.org

上周在越南首都河内召开了若干部长级会议,讨论亚太地区多个贸易有关倡议的前景。 由21个经济体组成的亚太经合组织(APEC)举行了贸易部长会议。会议是罗伯特·莱特希泽得到参议院确认作为美国贸易谈判代表之后的第一次会议。(《桥周报》, 2017年5月18日 ) 据报告,河内会议上亚太各经济体讨论了保护主义、如何定义自由和公平贸易、以及贸易扭曲的来源等议题,这些议题从年初以来也频频出现在其他国际层面的财政部长和贸易部长会议上,特别是鉴于美国领导人的新的贸易议程。 罗伯特·莱特希泽在会后的一个 声明 中说,“亚太经合组织提供了一个很好的机会讨论自由和开放贸易面临的壁垒,如果不解决那些导致美国在该地区贸易不平衡的贸易扭曲措施的话,这个目标就不能实现。” 来自21个经济体的官员们最终签署了一个 贸易行动方案 ,涉及多个贸易有关议题,包括贸易便利化和降低贸易成本,在“互联网和数字经济方面的路线图”领域努力取得进展。虽然很多内容与2016年5月秘鲁城市阿雷基帕举办的部长会议声明相似,但是去年声明中的一部分内容没有包括在今年的声明中,比如去年声明中关于化石能源补贴改革的段落。 周末发布的贸易行动文件中也没有特别提到去年利马领导人 声明 中“反对任何形式的保护主义”,对全球化和“保护主义趋势抬头”的讨论。 贸易行动文件中提到的其他议题包括要求那些还对已同意的环境产品清单尚未实施降低关税承诺的国家立即履行承诺。文件也呼吁“加强工作计划推进 关于亚太自贸区的利马宣言 ,” 是指2016年领导人声明附件中承诺发展亚太自贸区的设想。 (《桥周报》, 2017年11月24日 ) 与此同时,越南产业和贸易部长Tran Tuan Anh发布了一个 主席声明 ,对在河内的会议进行了总结。该声明对部长们的讨论做了一个定性的表述,表示讨论反映了“亚太经合组织经济体中不统一的、但是普遍的观点。” 媒体报道说,美国没有签署这个声明,这也是为什么最终以会议主席总结的名义发布,而不是部长联合声明。这个主席声明包括了一直以来使用的反对保护主义、取消保护主义措施的语言等。 主席声明说,“我们再次确认承诺维护我们的市场开放和反对任何形式的保护主义,并确认把维持现状的承诺维持到2020年底,取消保护主义和贸易扭曲措施,从而确认我们反对保护主义的承诺。同时,我们需要确保公平竞争从而从贸易中受益。” 据报道,美国在保护主义的措辞等方面特别提出反对,美国贸易代表对记者们说,美国的目标是讨论如何促进更加自由和更加公平的贸易。 根据路透社的报道,莱特希泽说,“我们的观点是我们想要自由贸易,我们想要公平贸易,我们想要一个促进世界范围内带来更大市场效率的制度。”这位美国贸易政策的负责人特别提到如何解决贸易伙伴们的“不公平”措施,并为美国出口赢得更大的市场,这也是特朗普政府其他官员提出的议题。 WTO总干事阿泽维多也参加了河内的会议,并做了 发言 ,向APEC贸易部长们介绍了今年年底在阿根廷布宜诺斯艾利斯举办的下一次贸易部长会议的准备工作。 他说,“亚太地区的动力表明了在区域层面的合作是如何发挥巨大的影响力的,包括对更广泛的多边贸易体制的影响。” 他还说,“但是即使所有的区域协定明天都达成了,我们仍然需要一个有效的运转良好的WTO。我们今天面临的全球贸易挑战,没有一个可以在多边贸易体制以外更容易得到解决。” TPP-11 提出方案为11月的会议做准备 与此同时,来自跨太平洋伙伴关系协定(TPP)国家的贸易部长们承诺提出可行的方案推动协定生效实施,并准备在11月10-11日越南岘港举行的APEC领导人峰会期间之前达成一致。 在 联合部长声明 中,TPP-11成员的部长们表示“把TPP的收益转变为现实具有重要的价值,对此我们达成一致。我们同意启动一个程序,评估可行方案并且快速的把这个全面的高质量的协定投入实施。” TPP-11国贸易部长会议是在APEC贸易部长会议的间隙举行的。这些国家一直在思考TPP未来的最佳路径,鉴于美国在今年年初退出了TPP。正因为此,TPP已经在今年三月智利海滨城市比尼亚德尔马,以及在加拿大城市多伦多举行了两次会谈,为上周的讨论做准备。(《桥周报》, 2017年5月4日 ) TPP最初的签字国包括澳大利亚、文莱、加拿大、智利、日本、马来西亚、墨西哥、新西兰、秘鲁、新加坡和越南,以及美国。虽然新西兰等国已经批准了TPP,但是其他一些国家的国内审批程序尚未完成,主要是因为他们仍在辩论是否审批目前的文本,还是在美国退出后对文本进行修改之后再审批通过。 TPP-11部长们一方面承诺及时的“评估”可行方案为11月的APEC领导人峰会做好准备,另一方面也提到增加新成员的前景。 部长们的联合声明中说,“部长们也强调了TPP的愿景是扩大并包括其他愿意接受TPP高标准的经济体加入。” RCEP: 今年取得“实质性成果” 亚太地区另一个贸易协定——区域全面经济伙伴关系协定(RCEP)参与方的代表们也在河内举行了会谈,盘点他们已有的努力争取完成谈判。 RCEP于2012年正式启动,谈判目前已经完成了18轮,最近一轮谈判是5月2-12日在菲律宾进行的。协定包括了东盟(ASEAN)十国和六个东盟自由贸易协定伙伴澳大利亚、中国、印度、日本、新西兰和韩国。 RCEP谈判多次设定的完成谈判的目标节点都错过了。但是,谈判各方最近一再表示希望在今年完成谈判,包括货物和服务贸易市场开放、投资、知识产权、争端解决和竞争规则等。 5月22日发布的一个 联合媒体声明 说 ,“部长们注意到实质性的完成RCEP谈判是作为东盟成立50周年的一个优先事项。部长们也提到有必要取得重大进展,并承诺为此做出努力。” 声明也提到RCEP谈判目前取得进展,以及哪些领域的谈判停滞不前。 比如,RCEP已经完成了经济和技术合作、中小企业等章节。但是,声明说,在市场准入方面,“还需要更多的工作来改进已经提上桌面的出价。” ICTSD 报道;彭博社,2017年5月21日,“APEC贸易部长们在声明中没有反对保护主义的承诺”;路透社,2017年5月21日,“中国支持的贸易协定谈判呈现诸多分歧”;路透社,2017年5月21日,“美国和环太平洋国家在贸易会议热议中发生争执”Tags: Global Economy, APEC, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Global Economy


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Taipei, Taiwan, May 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the largest B2B ICT tradeshow in Asia, established a new exhibit area for startups last year called InnoVEX, creating a platform for tech startups to network with global buyers, investors, and manufacturers and attracting over 10,000 visitors. Taiwan's technology innovations, adding to over a thousand ICT manufacturers and 40,000 overseas buyers at COMPUTEX, has made InnoVEX an one-of-a-kind startup event which accelerates commercialization and also provides effective matchmaking for capital and manufacturing capabilities. InnoVEX will run from May 30th to June 1st in 2017 and has attracted more international elements this year, gathering 272 startups from 23 countries which showcase AR/VR, IoT, wearable technology, Cloud, healthcare technology, and other applications. A packed schedule of forum sessions, pitch contest, startup demos, and one-on-one business matchmaking will be offered at InnoVEX. The event will be broadcasted live on Twitch channel so that those who cannot attend the exhibition will not miss out on the exciting keynotes, panels, and demos. 2017 Highlights More International Elements 35 percent of the exhibiting startup teams are from overseas. 70 percent of InnoVEX forum speakers comprise of representatives from international corporations or speakers who are well-known among startups. Innovation Capability from Asia The theme for InnoVEX this year is “Discover Future from Asia.” InnoVEX connects startups, capital, and manufacturers from all around Asia and provides them with a platform to accelerate commercialization. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) will organize specialized pavilions and gather startups from 13 Asia countries and areas, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Early Stage Ideas Early-stage startups from incubators of 12 well-known Taiwan universities will join InnoVEX to demonstrate the infinite creativity of Taiwanese younger generation. Insights from Global Startup Ecosystem InnoVEX forum will be held at Center Stage, featuring 4 themes and 21 sessions, and will run for three days throughout the exhibition. Global corporations deeply invested in startups such as Microsoft, ARM, Google, Audi, and Samsung; firms well-known in the field of artificial intelligence such as Microsoft Research Asia, Amazon, Intel, and IBM; top ten U.S. accelerator Alchemist; Microsoft Accelerator; well-known accelerators from France, Schoolab, and from Japan, Startup Fukuoka; U.S. VC Fenox and French VC Hardware Club, as well as many other distinguished speakers will share their insights on artificial intelligence, digital economy, technology policies, startup ecosystem and more. Connecting with Silicon Valley Investors InnoVEX collaborates with Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) to invite Silicon Valley investors to network with startups and industry professionals through business matchmaking, forums, and other activities at the exhibition. Collaborating With LINE BOT to Provide a Brand New Exhibition Experience InnoVEX’s collaboration with LINE BOT marks the first time that LINE BOT is used at a large-scale international exhibition. By adding InnoVEX official LINE account, visitors can get the latest exhibition schedules and announcements, exhibitor information, and also register for forums. Visitors can also keep track of their favorite startup teams by adding their LINE@ accounts, and talk to them one-on-one without installing an additional app specifically for InnoVEX. Add InnoVEX official LINE account: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40innovex ABOUT COMPUTEX TAIPEI As the biggest ICT B2B procurement platform in Asia, COMPUTEX TAIPEI has transformed to a global technology ecosystem in recent years, displaying complete supply chain and a variety of technology solutions. COMPUTEX will be held from May 30th to June 3rd this year, and 1,600 exhibitors from around the world will roll out their latest products at 5,010 booths. The five themes which will be featured this year are: startups, IoT, artificial intelligence, gaming & AR/VR, and business solutions. ABOUT TAIPEI COMPUTER ASSOCIATION (TCA) One of the organizers of COMPUTEX TAIPEI and the largest industrial organization in Taiwan. Established in 1974, TCA has nearly 4,000 corporation members engaged in fields such as software, hardware, and network communication service. The current Chairman is Mr. Tung Tsu-hsien, who is also the Chairman of Pegatron Corp.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Taipei, Taiwan, May 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the largest B2B ICT tradeshow in Asia, established a new exhibit area for startups last year called InnoVEX, creating a platform for tech startups to network with global buyers, investors, and manufacturers and attracting over 10,000 visitors. Taiwan's technology innovations, adding to over a thousand ICT manufacturers and 40,000 overseas buyers at COMPUTEX, has made InnoVEX an one-of-a-kind startup event which accelerates commercialization and also provides effective matchmaking for capital and manufacturing capabilities. InnoVEX will run from May 30th to June 1st in 2017 and has attracted more international elements this year, gathering 272 startups from 23 countries which showcase AR/VR, IoT, wearable technology, Cloud, healthcare technology, and other applications. A packed schedule of forum sessions, pitch contest, startup demos, and one-on-one business matchmaking will be offered at InnoVEX. The event will be broadcasted live on Twitch channel so that those who cannot attend the exhibition will not miss out on the exciting keynotes, panels, and demos. 2017 Highlights More International Elements 35 percent of the exhibiting startup teams are from overseas. 70 percent of InnoVEX forum speakers comprise of representatives from international corporations or speakers who are well-known among startups. Innovation Capability from Asia The theme for InnoVEX this year is “Discover Future from Asia.” InnoVEX connects startups, capital, and manufacturers from all around Asia and provides them with a platform to accelerate commercialization. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) will organize specialized pavilions and gather startups from 13 Asia countries and areas, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Early Stage Ideas Early-stage startups from incubators of 12 well-known Taiwan universities will join InnoVEX to demonstrate the infinite creativity of Taiwanese younger generation. Insights from Global Startup Ecosystem InnoVEX forum will be held at Center Stage, featuring 4 themes and 21 sessions, and will run for three days throughout the exhibition. Global corporations deeply invested in startups such as Microsoft, ARM, Google, Audi, and Samsung; firms well-known in the field of artificial intelligence such as Microsoft Research Asia, Amazon, Intel, and IBM; top ten U.S. accelerator Alchemist; Microsoft Accelerator; well-known accelerators from France, Schoolab, and from Japan, Startup Fukuoka; U.S. VC Fenox and French VC Hardware Club, as well as many other distinguished speakers will share their insights on artificial intelligence, digital economy, technology policies, startup ecosystem and more. Connecting with Silicon Valley Investors InnoVEX collaborates with Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) to invite Silicon Valley investors to network with startups and industry professionals through business matchmaking, forums, and other activities at the exhibition. Collaborating With LINE BOT to Provide a Brand New Exhibition Experience InnoVEX’s collaboration with LINE BOT marks the first time that LINE BOT is used at a large-scale international exhibition. By adding InnoVEX official LINE account, visitors can get the latest exhibition schedules and announcements, exhibitor information, and also register for forums. Visitors can also keep track of their favorite startup teams by adding their LINE@ accounts, and talk to them one-on-one without installing an additional app specifically for InnoVEX. Add InnoVEX official LINE account: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40innovex ABOUT COMPUTEX TAIPEI As the biggest ICT B2B procurement platform in Asia, COMPUTEX TAIPEI has transformed to a global technology ecosystem in recent years, displaying complete supply chain and a variety of technology solutions. COMPUTEX will be held from May 30th to June 3rd this year, and 1,600 exhibitors from around the world will roll out their latest products at 5,010 booths. The five themes which will be featured this year are: startups, IoT, artificial intelligence, gaming & AR/VR, and business solutions. ABOUT TAIPEI COMPUTER ASSOCIATION (TCA) One of the organizers of COMPUTEX TAIPEI and the largest industrial organization in Taiwan. Established in 1974, TCA has nearly 4,000 corporation members engaged in fields such as software, hardware, and network communication service. The current Chairman is Mr. Tung Tsu-hsien, who is also the Chairman of Pegatron Corp.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Taipei, Taiwan, May 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the largest B2B ICT tradeshow in Asia, established a new exhibit area for startups last year called InnoVEX, creating a platform for tech startups to network with global buyers, investors, and manufacturers and attracting over 10,000 visitors. Taiwan's technology innovations, adding to over a thousand ICT manufacturers and 40,000 overseas buyers at COMPUTEX, has made InnoVEX an one-of-a-kind startup event which accelerates commercialization and also provides effective matchmaking for capital and manufacturing capabilities. InnoVEX will run from May 30th to June 1st in 2017 and has attracted more international elements this year, gathering 272 startups from 23 countries which showcase AR/VR, IoT, wearable technology, Cloud, healthcare technology, and other applications. A packed schedule of forum sessions, pitch contest, startup demos, and one-on-one business matchmaking will be offered at InnoVEX. The event will be broadcasted live on Twitch channel so that those who cannot attend the exhibition will not miss out on the exciting keynotes, panels, and demos. 2017 Highlights More International Elements 35 percent of the exhibiting startup teams are from overseas. 70 percent of InnoVEX forum speakers comprise of representatives from international corporations or speakers who are well-known among startups. Innovation Capability from Asia The theme for InnoVEX this year is “Discover Future from Asia.” InnoVEX connects startups, capital, and manufacturers from all around Asia and provides them with a platform to accelerate commercialization. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) will organize specialized pavilions and gather startups from 13 Asia countries and areas, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Early Stage Ideas Early-stage startups from incubators of 12 well-known Taiwan universities will join InnoVEX to demonstrate the infinite creativity of Taiwanese younger generation. Insights from Global Startup Ecosystem InnoVEX forum will be held at Center Stage, featuring 4 themes and 21 sessions, and will run for three days throughout the exhibition. Global corporations deeply invested in startups such as Microsoft, ARM, Google, Audi, and Samsung; firms well-known in the field of artificial intelligence such as Microsoft Research Asia, Amazon, Intel, and IBM; top ten U.S. accelerator Alchemist; Microsoft Accelerator; well-known accelerators from France, Schoolab, and from Japan, Startup Fukuoka; U.S. VC Fenox and French VC Hardware Club, as well as many other distinguished speakers will share their insights on artificial intelligence, digital economy, technology policies, startup ecosystem and more. Connecting with Silicon Valley Investors InnoVEX collaborates with Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) to invite Silicon Valley investors to network with startups and industry professionals through business matchmaking, forums, and other activities at the exhibition. Collaborating With LINE BOT to Provide a Brand New Exhibition Experience InnoVEX’s collaboration with LINE BOT marks the first time that LINE BOT is used at a large-scale international exhibition. By adding InnoVEX official LINE account, visitors can get the latest exhibition schedules and announcements, exhibitor information, and also register for forums. Visitors can also keep track of their favorite startup teams by adding their LINE@ accounts, and talk to them one-on-one without installing an additional app specifically for InnoVEX. Add InnoVEX official LINE account: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40innovex ABOUT COMPUTEX TAIPEI As the biggest ICT B2B procurement platform in Asia, COMPUTEX TAIPEI has transformed to a global technology ecosystem in recent years, displaying complete supply chain and a variety of technology solutions. COMPUTEX will be held from May 30th to June 3rd this year, and 1,600 exhibitors from around the world will roll out their latest products at 5,010 booths. The five themes which will be featured this year are: startups, IoT, artificial intelligence, gaming & AR/VR, and business solutions. ABOUT TAIPEI COMPUTER ASSOCIATION (TCA) One of the organizers of COMPUTEX TAIPEI and the largest industrial organization in Taiwan. Established in 1974, TCA has nearly 4,000 corporation members engaged in fields such as software, hardware, and network communication service. The current Chairman is Mr. Tung Tsu-hsien, who is also the Chairman of Pegatron Corp.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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根据欧盟贸易事务负责人的信息,欧盟和墨西哥“承诺”在年内完成谈判,达成双边协定的升级版。 在墨西哥城为期两天的访问中,欧盟贸易委员Malmström 与墨西哥外交事务部长Luis Videgaray Caso 和经济部长Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal举行了会谈,会谈后,他们承诺加快会谈的步伐,再次确认达成一个全面的、覆盖广泛的新协定的目标。 5月8日,欧盟贸易委员 说 ,“这是一个雄心勃勃、但是可以实现的目标。我们希望给世界传递一个明确的信息,就是加强管理国际贸易规则的重要性,而不是削弱这些规则。” 双方谈判人员将在6月26-30日举行下一轮会谈,并 计划 在9月和11月最终完成谈判的目标。 此次部长级别的会谈所处的时机正是欧盟和墨西哥都面临巨大贸易挑战的时候。 在欧洲,一些国家的大选显示贸易、全球化和移民的影响已经日益成为选民关注的热点,虽然法国总统选举结果部分平息了对反全球化规模的担忧。 墨西哥将在明年进行总统选举,与此同时也在准备与美国和加拿大进行北美自贸协定(NAFTA)的升级谈判,这个谈判也是美国总统特朗普的优先事项之一。 Guajardo部长对记者们说,“今天比以往任何时候更重要,就是要发出一个明确的信息:我们不会因为重新谈判北美自由贸易协定的挑战而陷入瘫痪。我们将继续我们的贸易战略,因为它是支持墨西哥经济增长的关键。” 墨西哥官员们也将在本月晚些时候与跨太平洋伙伴关系协定(TPP)的其他10个贸易伙伴举行会谈,讨论美国退出TPP之后该协定接下来的步骤。该会议将在亚太经合组织(APEC)贸易部长会议期间举行。(《桥周报》, 2017年5月4日 ) 墨西哥也是太平洋联盟的成员,该联盟其他成员包括智利、哥伦比亚和秘鲁,联盟的目的是努力深化与其他国家和地区之间的经济贸易联系,比如南美共同市场。(《桥周报》, 2017年4月13日 ) 在访问墨西哥首都期间,Malmström 重申对开放贸易的承诺,警告反对制造贸易壁垒,认为“以价值为基础的”贸易制度是确保自由和公平贸易的正确路径。 在5月9日和工商界代表的交流中,Malmström 说 ,“我赞同Guajardo关于全球开放经济合作的重要性的观点。因为这个原因,我们同意加快我们的讨论,以达成一个新的现代版的协定。” 就同一个议题,欧盟委员会在5月10日发布了一个 报告 ,涵盖了欧盟委员会对处理贸易和全球化地缘政治的反思,从而开展更多的辩论。 谈判的领域 欧盟和墨西哥谈判的名为“全面协定” (Global Agreement)可以追溯到1997年。他们协定中货物贸易的条款于2000年生效,服务贸易有关的条款在次年生效。 这一轮升级谈判已经开展了一年的时间,据称进展顺利。比如,在政府采购方面双方以欧盟的 提案 为基础已经在去年11月达成了该章节的框架,有关中小企业的章节文本也基本整合完毕。 Malmström在5月8日说,“全球贸易、商业和投资的模式发生了变化,对一个现代的、进步的商业协定所能实现的目标的期待也发生了变化。” 这位欧盟贸易委员提到了一系列欧盟希望从与墨西哥贸易协定中看到的成果,包括更低的农产品关税,更快的行政审批,强有力的地理标识制度,更大的政府采购市场准入,和促进对外直接投资的政策环境。 欧盟委员会上周在网上发布了一系列提案,涵盖了 可持续发展 , 数字经济 , 良好规制实践 等。 比如,有关可持续发展,欧盟表示旨在“加强把可持续发展融入缔约方的贸易投资关系中,特别是在贸易和投资背景下,建立有关劳工和环境层面的原则和行动。” 所建议的这一章随后涉及多个相关的议题,包括:管制的权利,多边劳工和环境协定及标准,气候变化,生物多样性,林业,渔业,和供应链管理。 欧盟有关数字贸易的提案文本集中在通信和信息通讯技术,同时表示这一章不涉及音像、赌博、广播、认证和法律代表服务等。这一章涵盖了电子传输的海关关税,网上消费者信任,网上直接推销、电子公共采购等。这一章也留有一些空白,保留给有关数据流动和数据本地化方面的可能条款。 欧盟委员会也提出了投资仲裁议题,鉴于欧盟努力推动使用它们的新的“投资法院制度”,该制度已经包括在欧盟与加拿大、欧盟与越南的贸易协定中了,并且是谈判多边投资法庭的跳板。根据欧盟委员会对最近一轮谈判的 报告 ,墨西哥支持使用欧盟提出的投资者-东道国争端解决制度。 截止本文发表之时,墨西哥尚未把它的提案文本放到网上,尽管该国官员表示他们有兴趣在可持发展、知识产权等领域取得进展。 ICTSD报道;彭博社,2017年5月9日,“墨西哥和欧盟计划在年底前完成谈判”;Politico早晨贸易快讯,2017年5月9日,“加拿大贸易特使为‘进步’贸易辩护”。Tags: Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), European Union (EU), Mexico, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)


News Article | May 11, 2017
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The European Union and Mexico are “committed” to finishing talks to revamp their decades-old trade agreement this year, according to the EU’s top trade official. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal for two days this week in Mexico City, after which they pledged to scale up their meeting schedule while reaffirming their commitment to a comprehensive, wide-ranging new accord. “This is an ambitious but feasible goal. We want to send a clear signal to the world about the importance of strengthening – not weakening – the rules that govern international trade,” said the EU trade chief on Monday 8 May. Negotiators from the two sides are next due to meet from 26-30 June, with meetings planned for September and November in a bid to meet this objective. The ministers’ level meeting comes at a time when both the EU and Mexico are facing heightened trade-related challenges. In Europe, elections at the national level have already shown the effects of trade, globalisation, and migration to be a growing source of anxiety among voters, though the results of France’s presidential election this past weekend have helped quell some concerns regarding the scale of the anti-globalisation backlash. (For more on the French elections, see related story, this edition) Across the Atlantic, Mexico is gearing up for its own presidential elections next year, while preparing also to launch negotiations with the US and Canada for an upgrade to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has been deemed a priority of the new administration of US President Donald Trump. (For more on NAFTA, see related story, this edition) “Today it is even more important than ever to send a clear message that we are not going to be paralysed in spite of the challenge of renegotiating NAFTA. We will continue with our trade strategy because it is key to supporting growth in the Mexican economy,” said Guajardo to reporters, according to comments reported by Bloomberg. Mexican officials will also be meeting with their counterparts from 10 other Pacific Rim nations later this month to discuss the next steps for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, in light of the US’ withdrawal from the pact. That meeting will be held on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers’ meeting. (See Bridges Weekly, 4 May 2017) Mexico is also a member of the Pacific Alliance, a group that includes Chile, Colombia, and Peru, which is looking to deepen its economic and trading ties with other blocs, such as South American customs bloc Mercosur. (See Bridges Weekly, 13 April 2017) Malmström echoed that view of showing a strong commitment to open trade during her visit to the Mexican capital city, warning against the creation of barriers in this field – and arguing that a “value-based” trading system is the way to ensure both free and fair trade. “I share the opinion of Secretary Guajardo regarding the importance of global and open economic cooperation. For that reason, we have agreed to accelerate our conversations to conclude a new, modern agreement,” said Malmström in a speech to business representatives on Tuesday 9 May. On that same subject, the European Commission released a report on Wednesday 10 May which covered the EU executive arm’s reflections on addressing the current geopolitical landscape on trade and globalisation and aims to spark additional debate. The current trade deal between the EU and Mexico is known as the Global Agreement, which dates back to the year 1997. Within that context, their deal on trade in goods took effect in 2000, and the terms on services the subsequent year. Negotiators are now looking to expand the deal to cover a host of additional areas that were either not covered in the original deal or would need a re-think in light of the new trading environment. These talks have been official underway for a year, and have reported steady progress since then. For example, on public procurement, the two sides are reportedly building off of the EU’s textual proposal for that chapter from last November, and have consolidated texts in areas such as small and medium-sized enterprises. “The patterns of global trade and commerce and investment have changed, as have the expectations over what can be achieved with a modern, progressive commercial agreement,” said Malmström on Tuesday. The EU trade chief referred to a series of areas where the EU would like to see outcomes with Mexico, including lower agricultural tariffs; faster administrative approvals; a strong regime for geographical indications; greater public procurement market access; and improved conditions for fostering foreign direct investment. The European Commission also put online this week over a dozen proposals, covering topics ranging from sustainable development to digital trade to good regulatory practices. For example, on sustainable development, the EU says that it aims to “enhance the integration of sustainable development in the parties’ trade and investment relationship, notably by establishing principles and actions concerning labour and environmental aspects of sustainable development of specific relevance in a trade and investment context.” The proposed chapter then goes on to address issues such as the right to regulate; multilateral labour and environmental agreements and standards; and climate change, biological diversity, forests, fisheries, and supply chain management. Meanwhile, the EU’s textual proposal for a digital trade chapter focuses specifically on telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT), while saying that this chapter will not address areas such as audio-visual, gambling, broadcasting, notary, and legal representation services. It does cover topics such as customs duties on electronic transmissions, online consumer trust, unsolicited direct marketing, and electronic public procurement, among others. It also has a bracketed placeholder for a forthcoming article on data flows and data localisation. The EU’s executive arm has also flagged investment arbitration as a key area for Brussels, in light of their efforts to use their new “investment court system” – now part of its concluded trade deals with Canada and Vietnam – as a springboard toward negotiating a multilateral investment court. Mexico has reportedly backed using an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system for the planned EU deal, according to a Commission report on the latest round of talks. At the time of this writing, Mexico had not put its own textual proposals online, though officials from the North American nation say that they are interested in seeing advances in areas such as sustainable development and intellectual property. ICTSD reporting; “Mexico, EU to Step Up Talks to Finish by Year End,” BLOOMBERG BNA, 9 May 2017; “Canadian trade envoy to make the case for ‘progressive’ trade,” POLITICO MORNING TRADE, 9 May 2017.

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