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Apart from trade and investment agreements, other kinds of bilateral deals signed between governments have important provisions on trade, economic, cultural, environmental and other policies at the national level. In other words, they complement FTAs and BITs in pushing governments towards new international standards "through the back door".
For example, industrialised countries have been pushing TRIPS-plus intellectual property regimes through discrete bilateral IPR agreements. Similar TRIPS-plus demands have, since some time now, also been seeping through scientific and technology cooperation agreements between rich and poor countries. And ironic as it may sound, hard core trade and investment provisions that go beyond multilateral rules come up in WTO accession agreements.
This section pulls together examples of such accords.
last update: May 2012
3-Mar-2006 White House Fact Sheet: US-India Strategic Partnership
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26-Aug-2015 TNIWhile TTIP is currently the center of attention, our world leaders discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement meant to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.
25-Aug-2015 Rojo y Negro
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24-Aug-2015 MSFDoctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for the removal of damaging intellectual property provisions in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that would risk locking in high drug prices.
24-Aug-2015 CEOOfficiellement, les lobbys des entreprises vantent à qui veut l’entendre les bienfaits du TTIP / TAFTA pour les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME). En coulisses, ils admettent la triste réalité : les avantages restent hypothétiques.
24-Aug-2015 FacebookBy journalist Bryan Bruce
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