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TradeVistas | small businesses surge in digital trade during COVID-19

A Small Business Surge in Digital Trade

With the right set of digital trade and e-commerce policies, governments can help more small businesses move online and support a new era of global digital entrepreneurs.

TradeVistas | immigrants fill critical global healthcare jobs like nursing

Developed Countries are the Largest Importers of Healthcare Professionals

Living Longer Personal and home health aides, registered nurses, and medical and nursing assistants are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1.2 million new personal and home health aide positions – and the need for another 372,000 registered nurses – by 2028. Due to the shortage of qualified healthcare workers, immigrants held 15 percent of all registered nursing positions in the United States in 2016. On April 22, President Trump signed an Executive Order to pause immigration due to COVID-19, but exempted physicians and nurses. This is not uncommon in developed countries with a growing aging population who are living longer. About eight percent of nurses in Canada are foreign-trained, […]

TradeVistas | services trade during the coronavirus pandemic

With Zoom, We Are All Trading in Services

During the Covid-19 pandemic, technology keeps the world connected and allows global trade in services to continue. The WTO outlines four modes of delivery for services trade.

TradeVistas | free trade and COVID-19

Free Trade in Medicines and Supplies is the Healthiest Approach

The WTO zero-for-zero tariff agreement on trade in health-related products needs to be expanded. Free trade will help promote recovery after COVID-19.

TradeVistas | Irish music copyright law

Fiddling with Irish Music Royalties in the WTO

How the Irish Music Rights Organization took on U.S. copyright law in the WTO – and won – yet your favorite pub is still allowed to play Irish music for you for free.

TradeVistas | GPA Government Procurement

Erasing the Global Gains from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement?

The WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) covers $1.7 trillion in global government procurement trade across 48 countries, including the United States. But the Trump Administration may pull out of the GPA to support “Buy American” – a move that will come with unintended consequences for U.S. businesses.

TradeVistas | european wine tariffs hurt U.S. wine industry

U.S. Wine Industry is Drowning its Sorrows Over Transatlantic Trade Spat

European wine is getting caught in a decades old trade dispute. But tariffs on imported wines from France, Germany, or Spain are a lose-lose for the U.S. wine industry. European winemakers may just shift their exports to avoid U.S. tariff pain and grow their market share in emerging economies like China.

hands on home - rebuilding trade relations

Is It Just a Phase? Redesigning Trade Deals in the Age of Trump

The U.S. and China signed a trade deal on Jan 15. Attempting to rewire China’s economic system cannot be achieved in one pass – an agreement this ambitious would have to be built in phases. What does that mean for the future of trade deals?

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Spanish Olives in the Pits Over U.S.-EU Trade Tensions

Ripe olives are a critical ingredient for olive oil. They’ve also been ripe with trade tension over the past two years. Spanish black olives, green olives and olive oil have all been embroiled in two recent trade disputes between the United States and the European Union (EU), resulting in higher tariffs and increased prices of Spanish olives and olive oils for U.S. consumers.

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Life After Brexit for the EU and UK

In 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). The three years of negotiation that ensued have thus far been about the terms of a “withdrawal agreement” which provides for a transition trade agreement. The longer-term trade arrangements between the EU and the UK are still up for negotiation.