Table of Contents

May 25, 2020:  COVID-19 – new hot spots amidst continued growing number of confirmed cases

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/25/covid-19-new-hotspots-amidst-continued-growing-number-of-confirmed-cases/

May 22, 2020:  Continued stress in U.S.-China relations — reduced cooperation in multilateral fora

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/22/continued-stress-in-u-s-china-relations-reduced-cooperation-in-multilateral-fora/

May 19, 2020:  WTO selection of a new Director-General – one individual from a developed country previously reviewed could shorten the process

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/19/wto-selection-of-a-new-director-general-one-individual-from-a-developed-country-previously-reviewed-could-shorten-the-process/

May 17, 2020:  G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting – Meaningful Help for COVID-19 Response and WTO Reform?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/17/g20-trade-and-investment-ministerial-meeting-meaningful-help-for-covid-19-response-and-wto-reform/

May 15, 2020:  World Trade Organization – Search for a new Director-General

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/15/world-trade-organization-search-for-a-new-director-general/

May 12, 2020:  U.S.-China Phase I Agreement – some progress on structural changes; far behind on trade in goods and services

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/12/u-s-china-phase-i-agreement-some-progress-on-structural-changes-far-behind-on-trade-in-goods-and-services/

May 11, 2020:  The COVID-19 pandemic – an update on shifting patterns of infections and implications for medical goods needs

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/11/the-covid-19-pandemic-an-update-on-shifting-patterns-of-infections-and-implications-for-medical-goods-needs/

May 7, 2020:  COVID-19 – U.S. International Trade Commission report on U.S. imports and tariffs on COVID-19 related goods

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/07/covid-19-us-international-trade-commission-report-on-u-s-imports-and-tariffs-on-covid-19-related-goods/

May 6, 2020:  COVID-19 – the race for diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines and availability for all

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/06/covid-19-the-race-for-diagnostics-therapeutics-and-vaccines-and-availability-for-all/

May 6, 2020:  Update on food security amidst COVID-19 pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/06/update-on-food-security-amidst-covid-19-pandemic/

May 3, 2020: Update on the collapse of travel and tourism in response to COVID-19

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/03/update-on-the-collapse-of-travel-and-tourism-in-response-to-covid-19/

May 1, 2020: Food security – how will COVID-19 infections at meat processing plants affect?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/05/01/food-security-how-will-covid-19-infections-at-meat-processing-plants-affect/

April 30, 2020: The collapse of tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/30/the-collapse-of-tourism-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

April 28, 2020: Shifting Trade Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/28/shifting-trade-needs-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

April 26, 2020: Oil and gas sector suffers declining demand, collapsing prices, expanded state involvement – skewed economic results damage much of the global economy

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/26/oil-and-gas-sector-suffers-declining-demand-collapsing-prices-expanded-state-involvement-skewed-economic-results-damage-much-of-the-global-economy/

April 23, 2020: Food Security Complications from COVID-19 – Recent UN Information and G20 and WTO Member Statements

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/23/food-security-complications-from-covid-19-recent-un-information-and-g20-and-wto-member-statements/

April 20, 2020: WTO dispute settlement in 2020 – forward movement or further crisis?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/20/wto-dispute-settlement-in-2020-forward-movement-or-further-crisis/

April 17, 2020: COVID-19 – G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors April 15, 2020 Communique and G20 Action Plan

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/17/covid-19-g20-finance-ministers-and-central-bank-governors-april-15-2020-communique-and-g20-action-plan/

April 15, 2020: Transparency on trade actions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/15/transparency-on-trade-actions-surrounding-the-covid-19-pandemic/

April 13, 2020: COVID-19 – OECD first policy brief on trade issues related to the pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/13/covid-19-oecd-first-policy-brief-on-trade-issues-related-to-the-pandemic/

April 10, 2020: WTO and the challenges of scarcity – are there lessons from COVID-19?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/10/wto-and-the-challenge-of-scarcity-are-there-lessons-from-covid-19/

April 6, 2020: COVID-19 – WTO report on medical goods; FAO report on food security

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/06/covid-19-wto-report-on-medical-goods-fao-report-on-food-security/

April 2, 2020: COVID-19, Recommendations from the ICC and from Global Services Coalition

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/02/covid-19-recommendations-from-the-icc-and-from-global-services-coalition/

April 1, 2020: Food security – export restraints and border controls during the COVID-19 pandemic

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/04/01/food-security-export-restraints-and-border-controls-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

March 31, 2020: COVID-19 and the G20 Response

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/31/covid-19-and-the-g20-response/

March 28, 2020: March 27, 2020 Agreement on Interim Arbitration Process by EU and 15 other WTO Members to Handle Appeals While Appellate Body is Not Operational

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/28/march-27-2020-agreement-on-interim-arbitration-process-by-eu-and-15-other-wto-members-to-handle-appeals-while-appellate-body-is-not-operational/

March 26, 2020: Export restraints vs. trade liberalization during a global pandemic – the reality so far with COVID-19

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/26/export-restraints-vs-trade-liberalization-during-a-global-pandemic-the-reality-so-far-with-covid-19/

March 22, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and trade, how bad will declines get?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/22/coronavirus-covid-19-and-trade-how-bad-will-declines-get/

March 18, 2020: Trade liberalization with Africa – notice of intent from US to start negotiations with Kenya

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/18/trade-liberalization-with-africa-notice-of-intent-from-us-to-start-negotiations-with-kenya/

March 14, 2020: China in the WTO – The U.S. View of China’s Compliance With Its Obligations

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/14/china-in-the-wto-the-u-s-view-of-chinas-compliance-with-its-obligations/

March 7, 2020: Impasse on the WTO Appellate Body – Any Progress Likely by the 12th Ministerial?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/07/impasse-on-the-wto-appellate-body-any-progress-likely-by-the-12th-ministerial/

March 7, 2020: WTO Reform – U.S. Objectives from 2020 Trade Policy Agenda

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/03/07/wto-reform-u-s-objectives-from-2020-trade-policy-agenda/

February 28, 2020: Agriculture Reform and Liberalization – What is Likely for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial this June?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/28/agriculture-reform-and-liberalization-what-is-likely-for-the-wtos-12th-ministerial-this-june/

February 23, 2020: Potential U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement – Potential Upside issues for the United States

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/23/potential-u-s-u-k-free-trade-agreement-potential-upside-issues-for-the-united-states/

February 22, 2020: Trade between the United States and the European Union – What Will 2020 Bring?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/22/trade-between-the-united-states-and-the-european-union-what-will-2020-bring/

February 22, 2020: WTO Reform – Addressing The Disconnect Between Market and Non-Market Economies

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/22/wto-reform-addressing-the-disconnect-between-market-and-non-market-economies/

February 15, 2020: The U.S. Modifies the List of Developing and Least Developed Countries Under U.S. Countervailing Duty Law

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/15/the-u-s-modifies-the-list-of-developing-and-least-developed-countries-under-u-s-countervailing-duty-law/

February 14, 2020: USTR’s Report on the WTO Appellate Body – An Impressive Critique of the Appellate Body’s Deviation from Its Proper Role

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/14/ustrs-report-on-the-wto-appellate-body-an-impressive-critique-of-the-appellate-bodys-deviation-from-its-proper-role/

February 10, 2020: U.S. modifies its regulations to provide path for countervailing undervalued currencies in certain circumstances

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/10/u-s-modifies-its-regulations-to-provide-path-for-countervailing-undervalued-currencies-in-certain-circumstances/

February 6, 2020: Counterfeit and Contraband Goods – Issuance of A Presidential Executive Order on January 31, 2020

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/02/06/counterfeit-and-contraband-goods-issuance-of-a-presidential-executive-order-on-january-31-2020/

January 30, 2020: Brexit takes place at 11 p.m. London time on January 31, 2020

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/30/brexit-takes-place-at-11-p-m-london-time-on-january-31-2020/

January 30, 2020: WTO Appellate Body Impasse – How and Why

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/30/wto-appellate-body-impasse-how-and-why/

January 28, 2020: U.S. Additional Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum “Derivative” Products – Presidential Proclamation 9980

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/28/u-s-additional-tariffs-on-imports-of-steel-and-aluminum-derivative-products-presidential-proclamation-9980/

January 25, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement – January 24, 2020 Statement by Ministers at Davos, Switzerland on Interim Appeal Arrangement Amongst Certain Major Countries

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/25/wto-dispute-settlement-january-24-2020-statement-by-ministers-at-davos-switzerland-on-interim-appeal-arrangement-amongst-certain-major-countries/

January 23, 2020: WTO Reform – Developments from Davos and What Might Be on U.S. Agenda

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/23/wto-reform-developments-from-davos-and-what-might-be-on-u-s-agenda/

January 19, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement – Details on the Expanding Trade Chapter

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/19/u-s-china-phase-1-agreement-details-on-the-expanding-trade-chapter/

January 15, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement Signed on January 15 – An Impressive Agreement if Enforced

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/15/u-s-china-phase-1-trade-agreement-signed-on-january-15-an-impressive-agreement-if-enforced/

January 14, 2020: WTO Reform – Joint Statement of January 14, 2020 of Japan, the U.S. and the EU

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/14/wto-reform-joint-statement-of-january-14-2020-of-japan-the-u-s-and-the-eu/

January 13, 2020: Fisheries Subsidies – Will the WTO Members Reach Agreement Before June 2020?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/13/fisheries-subsidies-will-the-wto-members-reach-agreement-before-june-2020/

January 6, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement – What to Look for When the Agreement is Released on January 15, 2020 after the signing

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/06/u-s-china-phase-1-agreement-what-to-look-for-when-the-agreement-is-released-on-january-15-2020-after-the-signing/

January 4, 2020: Presidential Proclamation 9974 of December 26, 2019 – contains changes to countries eligible for aspects of Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, implements U.S. duty reduction commitments from U.S.-Japan trade agreement and other matters

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/04/presidential-proclamation-9974-of-december-26-2019-contains-changes-to-countries-eligible-for-aspects-of-africa-growth-and-opportunity-act-implements-u-s-duty-reduction-commitments-from-u-s-japa/

January 2, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement; Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Agriculture

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2020/01/02/u-s-china-phase-1-agreement-opportunities-and-challenges-for-u-s-agriculture/

December 28, 2019: WTO Reform – Will Limits on Who Enjoys Special and Differential Treatment Be Achieved?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/28/wto-reform-will-limits-on-who-enjoys-special-and-differential-treatment-be-achieved/

December 19, 2019: European Union Moves to Authorize Retaliation in Disputes Where There is No Alternative to the Appellate Body Pursued

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/19/european-union-moves-to-authorize-retaliation-in-disputes-where-there-is-no-alternative-to-the-appellate-body-pursued/

December 10, 2019: Revisions to the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Gains Support of Labor and House Democrats

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/10/revisions-to-the-us-mexico-canada-agreement-gains-support-of-labor-and-house-democrats/

December 10, 2019: U.S.-Japan Trade Agreements to Go Into Effect on January 1, 2020

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/10/u-s-japan-trade-agreements-to-go-into-effect-on-january-1-2020/

December 7, 2019: The WTO Dispute Settlement System – Closing Out 2019 and Implications for 2020

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/07/the-wto-dispute-settlement-system-closing-out-2019-and-implications-for-2020/

December 2, 2019: Additional Meetings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body and Budget, Finance and Administration Committee set for December 3 and 5 in search of Resolution of Outstanding Issues.

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/12/02/additional-meetings-of-the-wto-dispute-settlement-body-and-budget-finance-and-administration-committee-set-for-december-3-and-5-in-search-of-resolution-of-outstanding-issues/

November 30, 2019: The WTO Budget – Will There Be a Resolution in December?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/30/the-wto-budget-will-there-be-a-resolution-in-december/

November 24, 2019: With the WTO Appellate Body Becoming Dysfunctional on December 11, What Happens to Pending Appeals and Other Open Issues?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/24/with-the-wto-appellate-body-becoming-dysfunctional-on-december-11-what-happens-to-pending-appeals-and-other-open-issues/

November 17, 2019: The WTO budget and the Appellate Body – Potential Fireworks at the end of 2019

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/17/the-wto-budget-and-the-appellate-body-potential-fireworks-at-the-end-of-2019/

November 16, 2019: USMCA – A Return to Bipartisan Trade Legislation?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/16/usmca-a-return-to-bipartisan-trade-legislation/

November 12, 2019: The Continued Problem of Inconsistent Transparency at the World Trade Organization

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/12/the-continued-problem-of-inconsistent-transparency-at-the-world-trade-organization/

November 12, 2019: Background Materials on WTO Appellate Body Reform Challenges – The Critical Issue of “Overreach”

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/12/background-materials-on-wto-appellate-body-reform-challenges-the-critical-issue-of-overreach/

November 9, 2019: The U.S. Trade Deficit – Data for First Thirty-Three Months of the Trump Administration (2017-Sept. 2019)

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/09/the-u-s-trade-deficit-data-for-first-thirty-three-months-of-the-trump-administration-2017-sept-2019/

November 4, 2019: WTO’s Appellate Body Reform – The Draft General Council Decision on Functioning of the Appellate Body

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/04/wtos-appellate-body-reform-the-draft-general-council-decision-on-functioning-of-the-appellate-body/

November 1, 2019: The October 28, 2019 WTO Dispute Settlement Body Meeting – Another Systemic Problem Flagged by the United States

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/11/01/the-october-28-2019-wto-dispute-settlement-body-meeting-another-systemic-problem-flagged-by-the-united-states/

October 26, 2019: Two Initial U.S. Trade Agreements with Japan – What They Cover and What Will Follow

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/10/26/two-initial-u-s-trade-agreements-with-japan-what-they-cover-and-what-will-follow/

October 13, 2019: U.S.-China Trade – Some Possible Progress Announced on October 11, But a Long Road Ahead?

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/10/13/u-s-china-trade-some-possible-progress-announced-on-october-11-but-a-long-road-ahead/

October 9, 2019: The World Trade Organization in Crisis – the Last Two Months of the Appellate Body Absent Reform Is Just One Example

https://currentthoughtsontrade.com/2019/10/09/the-world-trade-organization-in-crisis-the-last-two-months-of-the-appellate-body-absent-reform-is-just-one-example/

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