The protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions in trade agreements and international fora is one of the priorities of the IFCCD. The proliferation of trade agreements at the international level makes it difficult to monitor trends and variations across geographical areas. More and more agreements include chapters on electronic commerce and some countries such as the United States are pushing for the inclusion of clauses preventing discrimination in favour of domestic cultural content. To maintain its expertise on the subject, the IFCCD has decided to partner with researchers from the Groupe de recherche sur l’intégration continentale, part of the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). A watch on trade agreements in all regions of the world has been set up, which will result in monthly publications available online and included in the IFCCD newsletter.
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