Trade War: a G20 Truce in Sight?

The Economist Intelligence Unit will be offering a 30-minute webinar on 27 June 2019 on the them “Trade War: a G20 Truce in Sight?” Two speakers, Agathe Demarais (Director of Global Forecasting) and Cailin Birch (Global Economist) will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the US and the possible outcomes of a side discussion between heads of state of both countries later this month during the G20 meeting.

Registration is required to attend and can be completed using the form available here:—USEMEA—Subscription-NB_Registration-Page.html

A full description of the webinar is as follows:

The ongoing trade war between the US and China has captured the headlines in recent weeks. In May the US increased existing tariffs of 10% on US$200bn worth of Chinese merchandise imports to duty rates of 25%, and China responded by raising its import tariffs on around US$60bn of US goods.

The stakes were raised again a few days later with a US proposal to apply additional tariffs across Chinese merchandise imports not yet covered by punitive tariffs, worth around US$300bn per year.

Against this backdrop, The Economist Intelligence Unit has come to the view that the most likely outcome of a planned meeting between US president Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting on June 28th-29th will be of a truce in tariffs escalation, probably until at least 2020.

But questions remain, such as:

    • Is a US-China trade deal still a realistic prospect, or will the two sides fail to reach a compromise?
    • Is the US going to take the first step towards de-escalation, or is the ball in China’s court?
    • What happens if no deal is inked, and what would this mean for global growth?

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OECD Economic Outlook 2019

OECD has launched the first 2019 issue of OECD Economic Outlook 2019, their twice-yearly analysis of world-wide economic trends and forecasts for the next two years.

The key take-aways from this first issue are identified as:

  • Global growth is stabilising at a low level
  • Key risks: trade tensions, China slowdown and high debt
  • Act now to boost opportunities

The full report can be found here, at the OECD iLibrary, accessible to WTO staff and patrons of the WTO Library.

Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2019

The Economist Intelligence Unit has published their annual report on worldwide cost of living.


In this year’s survey, it was determined the three countries share the title of the world’s most expensive city; but which cities are they? For the answer to this question and an in-depth comparison of more than 400 prices across 160 products and services and to see where your city ranks, read the full report.


The report is available from the Economist Intelligence Unit resource here, through a subscription facilitated by the WTO Library. If there are any problems opening or accessing this file, please contact for assistance.

New publications from OECD, May 2019

New OECD publications and statistics have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

Library acquisitions — April 2019

We are pleased to share our list of selected new acquisitions from April 2019. You can send your requests to

The list is also available on Library’s website: http://intranet/__resources/library/_en/new_for_you_new_books.html.

For continuous updates on the latest trade news, don’t forget to check out the “Latest in trade” RSS feed: http://intranet/en/resources/library/library.htm

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Covers Title, Authors/Editor details, WTO catalogue records email request links Previews
Les accords de l’OMC : l’accord de Marrakech instituant l’Organisation mondiale du commerce et ses annexes / Organisation mondiale du commerce.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927637


Los acuerdos de la OMC : el acuerdo de Marrakech por el que se establece la Organización Mundial del Comercio y sus Anexos / Organización Mundial del Comercio.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927635


All the boats on the ocean : how government subsidies led to global overfishing / Carmel Finley.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927572


Emissions trading schemes under international economic law / James Munro.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927549


EU competition law : text, cases, and materials / Alison Jones and Brenda Sufrin.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927520


How to regulate : a guide for policymakers / Thomas A. Lambert.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927568


International investment law and the right to regulate : a human rights perspective / Lone Wandahl Mouyal.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927488


Natural resources exploitation : business and human rights / [edited by] Xavier Favre-Bulle.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927580


The politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform / edited by Jakob Skovgaard, Harro van Asselt.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927553


The return of the home state to investor-state disputes : bringing back diplomatic protection? / Rodrigo Polanco.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927509




Google’s new Dataset Search

Google has announced the launch of a new tool, a Google Scholar for data. The tool, Dataset Search, aims to make it possible to search across different online data repositories, rendering datasets retrievable even when published in disparate and unconnected locations and resources.

The initial release of the search will cover environmental and social sciences, government data, and datasets from news organizations. It is expected that, as the source becomes more widely used, the amount of data should increase, as institutions, organizations, publishers, and individual scientists and researchers make their information more openly accessible.  Aided by open data initiatives around the world, it is hoped that the project will improve data transparency and the quality of research produced, as a greater quantity of and more diverse data will be available for consideration and comparison.

For more on this product, visit the article at The Verge here:

Google’s Dataset Search launch announcement can be found here:

Experiment with Google Dataset Search yourself!  The interface has been launched and is accessible here:

OECD: Why government subsidies are bad for global competition

“As a global community, we also value fairness and competitiveness in international markets. The rules that govern international trade were created precisely to level the global playing field and ensure fair competition that drives innovation and benefits consumers. But some governments still support (or subsidise) certain firms or domestic industries to give them a leg up on the competition. This can happen for a number of reasons, but is ultimately to the detriment of consumers, businesses, and jobs. We often don’t know who the “real” winners would be if the competition were truly fair.”


Check out one of the latest OECD opinion pieces, this one on why government subsidies are bad for global competition.


The full piece is available here:


In case you missed it: in February, an OECD opinion piece looked at government subsidies and overfishing. The article can be found here: