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IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2023

This issue of the IISD Trade and Sustainability Review features analysis and commentary on a range of trade topics—from new trade agreements in Europe, New Zealand, and Africa, to industrial policy and data governance, and the long-anticipated WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement.

By Managing Editor: Jennifer Freedman on January 15, 2023


Toward Multipurpose Trade Policy? How competing narratives about globalization are reshaping international trade cooperation

Nicolas Lamp

A new approach to trade policy is taking shape—multipurpose trade policy. Nicolas Lamp, associate professor at Queen's University, highlights the evidence for this paradigm shift in trade policy, outlines the key challenges that it presents, and explores its implications for international trade cooperation.

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The Renaissance of Industrial Policy and Its Articulation With Data Governance

Marilia Maciel

The exponential growth of digital technology in the last two decades has transformed industrial policy. Marilia Maciel, head of Digital Commerce and Internet Policy at Diplo Foundation, discusses the threats and opportunities of digital industrialization for developing countries.

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We Need More Hybrid Trade and Environment Agreements

Tancrède Voituriez

The WTO’s double pronged approach of more coercive trade tools for environmental goals and soft environmental talks will not deliver the anticipated change on either the trade or environment front. Tancrède Voituriez, senior researcher at CIRAD, suggests that hybrid trade and environmental agreements are more promising.

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Sustainability and the New Zealand-EU Free Trade Agreement: A step up in accountability

John Ballingall

The new free trade agreement between New Zealand and the EU sets bold precedence on environmental objectives. John Ballingall, partner of an economic consultancy, offers his insight on the new agreement, discussing its implications for the future of New Zealand’s (and others’) trade policy.

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AfCFTA’s Ali: Watch for More African Trade Thanks to Guided Trade Initiative

Jennifer Freedman

The long anticipated African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is nearly up and running. Jennifer Freedman, managing editor of IISD’s Trade and Sustainability Review, details what must be done to finalize the guided trade initiative.

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A Global Deal to Tackle Harmful Fisheries Subsidies: A look behind the scenes

Paulina Resich

In June 2022, World Trade Organization members reached a historic deal tackling harmful fisheries subsidies. We unpack how a global campaign by environmental non-governmental organizations and technical policy and legal advice from trade experts in Geneva helped make a difference.

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