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Some implications of the digital economy paragraph of the leaked draft ministerial text for IPEF trade pillar
The US will host the first in-person IPEF Ministerial meeting in Los Angeles from 8-9 September 2022, which is expected to launch formal negotiations. Some countries may decide not to remain involved in some or all of the IPEF’s “pillars”.
Kenya’s GDPR-style legislation threatens US firms’ x-border data transfer model
In the Kenyan context, Meta’s GDPR woes may be avoided if the U.S. gets its way in a proposed free trade deal between the two countries which is currently in discussions.
UK and Ukraine launch talks on digital trade agreement
The UK and Ukraine have agreed to launch talks on a new digital trade agreement as Kyiv prepares to celebrate independence day.
China to implement negative list for cross-border trade in services
China will implement a negative list for cross-border trade in services, expand opening-up in the services sector and bolster digital trade to shore up economic growth, said government officials.
Korea calls for digital pact with ASEAN under FTA framework
Korea suggested a new agreement on digital technology and systems with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries under their free trade pact in a move to further bolster bilateral economic ties, Seoul’s trade ministry said.
’Digital sovereignty must be at core of Pacific e-commerce strategy’
The Pacific regional e-commerce strategy needs to be revised as it denies Pacific Island Countries their sovereign right to manage their digital domains, including data, a new report has found.
UK-Singapore digital economy deal enters into force
A landmark digital trade deal establishing rules and standards for cross-border data flows and data protection between Singapore and the United Kingdom came into force.
Britain launches free trade deal talks with Mexico
Britain is launching talks over a free trade deal with Mexico, looking to add services to its current agreement as well as aiming to increase trade in the financial and digital sectors.
New S’pore-Pacific Alliance trade agreement to focus on tech, sustainability
Technology and environmental sustainability are among the key issues that Singapore, Mexico, and other Pacific Alliance members are discussing in the context of a new PA-Singapore trade agreement.
EU and Japan agree on digital cooperation
The European Union and Japan have agreed on increased cooperation to develop digital technologies, cyber security and artificial intelligence.
Australia hopes digital trade agreement with India by the year-end
Australia expects to sign a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with India by the year-end, which will include a deal on digital trade that it said will further facilitate bilateral trade.
Africa e-trade platform to connect 22 countries
The platform has been in its pilot phase for about 18 months in Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon and Senegal, and will now be integrated in 22 countries.
ISDS landscape in Latin America for 2022
ISDS in Latin America is here to stay. While disputes in sectors such as pensions and telecoms are becoming more common in the region, we expect to see a ripening of COVID-related, tech and energy disputes.
Policy brief on digital trade
The “digital trade agenda” would see the ability of governments to regulate big tech in the public interest severely curtailed.
Indo-Pacific trade talks to launch soon, Australia’s Tehan says
Digital trade rules to be prominent part of talks, Tehan says. Ministers looking to meet in April or May to work on details.
EU, US agree on data transfer deal to replace defunct Privacy Shield
The European Union has just announced reaching an agreement in principle with the US on a revived trans-Atlantic data flows deal.
Meta says Australia’s anti-defamation laws are at odds with FTAs
Australia’s proposed anti-defamation laws seek to require social media platforms to establish nominated Australian entities that can access user data for users who post potential defamatory material
UK and Singapore sign new innovative digital trade deal
The UK International Trade Secretary joined her counterpart in Singapore to sign groundbreaking digital trade deal and strengthen trade ties.
Business lobby urges Biden to negotiate digital trade agreement
The US Chamber of Commerce identifies a group of countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Taiwan, the UK and ASEAN.