dinsdag 9 oktober 2018

WTO: Qatar requests WTO consultations with Saudi Arabia on intellectual property rights protection

Qatar requests WTO consultations with Saudi Arabia on intellectual property rights protection
Qatar has requested WTO dispute consultations with Saudi Arabia to discuss certain Saudi measures concerning intellectual property rights owned by Qatari nationals. The request was circulated to WTO members on 4 October.
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WTO and ICC announce new Small Business Champion
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the WTO announced at the Public Forum today (4 October) that the Institute of Export and International Trade is the second company to be recognized as a Small Business Champion. This follows the successful completion of the Institute's proposal, under...
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Public Forum explores new ways to achieve inclusive trade in era of technological revolution
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo underlined at this year's Public Forum the need for all sectors of society to benefit from the new technologies that are increasingly shaping everyone's lives. "We can't simply leave our future to chance, or trust it only to market forces. We have a duty to make...
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High-level panel highlights potential of e-commerce as driver for growth and inclusion
E-commerce is an increasingly growing force in global trade, with the potential to make the world economy more inclusive and provide opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), women and young people. However, many challenges must be addressed in a collective manner in...
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WTO issues compliance panel reports regarding Colombian measures on textiles, apparel, footwear
On 5 October the WTO circulated compliance reports in the dispute "Colombia — Measures Relating to the Importation of Textiles, Apparel and Footwear — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Panama and Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Colombia" (DS461).
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DG Azevêdo welcomes B20 support for the WTO
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the support of the business community to strengthen the multilateral trading system during his visit to Buenos Aires on 4 October 2018, where he attended the B20 Summit.
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DDG Wolff: "The future of the WTO and the world trading system is bright"
In a speech to the Graduate Institute in Geneva on 5 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said that while the multilateral trading system is more likely to be subject to greater stress, conflicts can give rise to improvements in the system. "It is my belief that the system will continue to...
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High-level panel calls for integration of fragile states into the global economy
A high-level panel at this year's Public Forum examined the link between peace and trade, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that conflict-affected states face in developing their capacities to trade. These countries need to be integrated into the global economy, the panellists stressed,...
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Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to deepen negotiating skill-set of developing countries
The government of Liechtenstein is contributing CHF 40,000 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate more fully in multilateral trade negotiations.
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"The importance of the rules-based multilateral trading system cannot be overestimated"
At a speech delivered to the University of Western Cape in South Africa on 8 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the importance of trade as an engine of economic growth and the benefits of WTO membership to the African continent. He also underlined the need for governments to...
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