Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Today’s post is from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht A year ago, Presidents Barroso and Obama launched negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. A deep and comprehensive free trade deal in generic terms, but much more than that from political, commercial and civil perspectives. We have now held five formal […]

Addressing the imbalance between investment protection and people protection: Making globalisation work for all

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) We are facing a backlash against globalisation. This has gone hand in hand with a push back against investment treaties and trade agreements: just watch the election campaigns and the downfall of TTIP and TPP negotiations. Nowadays, at the OECD many policymakers […]

From a Free Trade Regime to a Responsible Trade and Investment Regime

Marten van den Berg, Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands Today’s economy is unquestionably global. National markets for goods and services have become increasingly integrated. This process of globalisation has taken place over the past centuries. But during the period of 1987-2000 we saw a big leap in globalisation. And […]

Communicating trade and investment responsibly

Bernhard Welschke, Secretary General, Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) The OECD offers a wealth of data and analysis illustrating that investment and trade can strongly support the competitiveness of our economies, the efficiency of markets for consumers, the potential for innovation, and—yes—the quality of employment. Of course, open markets raise the […]

Let’s Get Realistic About a Multilateral Investment Agreement

Shaun Donnelly, retired U.S. diplomat and trade negotiator, now Vice President for Investment Policy at the US Council for International Business (USCIB).  He is a regular participant in the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) and  OECD Investment work. I found some very interesting questions and even a few answers in the […]

We need global policy coherence in trade and investment to boost growth

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 @gabramosp Mounting fears of another slowdown in the global economy call for bolder policy responses. Trade and investment are a case in point. The latest WTO forecasts suggest 2015 will be the fourth year running that global trade volumes grow less than 3%, barely […]

Investment Treaties: A Renewed Plea for Multilateralism

Jan Wouters, Professor of International Law, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven We are living in interesting times for investment treaties, whether bilateral treaties or investment chapters in free trade agreements. Never before have they aroused such an interest from parliaments. People and politicians alike are concerned about their […]