vrijdag 12 april 2019

WTO: The Bahamas injects renewed energy into goal of joining WTO by next ministerial conference

The Bahamas injects renewed energy into goal of joining WTO by next ministerial conference
WTO members welcomed The Bahamas' commitment to make rapid progress with its WTO accession process. At the fourth meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of The Bahamas, held on 5 April, members expressed their full support to the government of The Bahamas' ambition to secure WTO membership...
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Members discuss proposal on market access for tourism and related services
WTO members debated a proposal on market access for tourism and related services at an informal meeting of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services held on 8 April. The proposal highlights the importance of the tourism sector for economic development and trade, especially for...
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WTO issues panel report regarding US dumping duties on Canadian lumber
On 9 April the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Canada in "United States — Anti-Dumping Measures Applying Differential Pricing Methodology to Softwood Lumber from Canada" (DS534).
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EU initiates WTO dispute complaint against Indian tech tariffs
The European Union has requested dispute consultations with India regarding duties imposed by India on imports of certain information and communications technology (ITC) products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 09 April.
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Members make progress towards improving how tariff and import data is collected by the WTO
WTO members made progress at an informal meeting of the Market Access Committee held on 9 April on improving the operation of the Integrated Database (IDB), which is the main source of tariff and import data at the WTO. The discussion was based on a draft decision that was prepared by the WTO...
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Trade Policy Review: Samoa
The first review of the trade policies and practices of Samoa takes place on 10 and 12 April 2019. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Samoa.
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EU initiates WTO dispute complaint against Turkish measures affecting pharmaceuticals
The European Union has requested dispute consultations with Turkey regarding various requirements imposed by Turkey on the production, import and approval for reimbursement, pricing and licensing of pharmaceutical products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 10 April.
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WTO, IMF and World Bank leaders stress vital role of trade in reducing poverty
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva on 10 April to argue for renewed efforts to leverage trade as a force to reduce poverty. DG Azevêdo argued that the current trade tensions could undermine recent progress in...
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Appellate Body issues report regarding Korean restrictions on Japanese food imports
On 11 April the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Japan in "Korea — Import Bans, and Testing and Certification Requirements for Radionuclides" (DS495).
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WTO hosts closing ceremony of Model WTO 2019
Over 70 students from around the world came to the WTO's headquarters on 11 April for the conclusion of Model WTO 2019, a week-long simulation of WTO negotiations organized by a group of students from the University of St. Gallen with the support of the WTO.
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