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A first look at the WTO/JSI discussions on digital trade.

Discussions around e-commerce and digital trade in the WTO have been relatively quiet over the past year or two. But recently there have been several new reports detailing progress, as well as a leaked early draft of the JSI negotiation text which highlight important areas for attention. Background Following the failure of WTO members to…

Nov updates – RCEP | UK-Japan | App blocking | EU data flows after Schrems II

The last month has been a busy month in terms of digital trade. Some of the main activities are outlined below: RCEP agreement The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) draft was signed earlier in the month incorporating 15 Asian-Pacific nations into a new trade agreement (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New…

Digital trade in the Kenya-US FTA?

During a visit to The White House in February, Kenya’s President Kenyatta agreed to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the US. This has been described in US commentary as an example for African nations to “deepen…economic and commercial ties”, moving beyond the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Will the FTA include…

The arrival of standalone digital trade agreements?

In recent months we have seen the signing of two agreements on digital trade within standalone agreements (i.e. not part of wider trade agreements). In August, the Singapore-Australia Digital Economy Agreement (SADEA) was signed (text). In September, The Digital Economy Partner Agreement (DEPA) was agreed, between Singapore, New Zealand & Chile (text). Several questions come…

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