woensdag 15 mei 2019

WTO: Philippines submits request for observer status in WTO Committee on Government Procurement

Philippines submits request for observer status in WTO Committee on Government Procurement
Ambassador Manuel A. J. Teehankee, Philippine Permanent Representative to the WTO, delivered to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 6 May the request of the Philippine government to become an observer in the Committee on Government Procurement.
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Summary of General Council
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Trade Policy Review: Papua New Guinea
The third review of the trade policies and practices of Papua New Guinea takes place on 8 May and 10 May 2019. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Papua New Guinea.
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DG Azevêdo meets with participants of Geneva Week for non-resident members and observers
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with participants in the Geneva Week for non-resident members and observers, taking place at the WTO from 6 to 10 May 2019. Participants had the opportunity to interact with the Director-General, who informed them about current issues in the WTO and the wider...
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WTO launches updated profiles on trade in value-added terms and global value chains
The WTO released on 9 May an updated set of profiles for 64 WTO members, revealing the share of domestic and foreign components in the exports of these economies and their participation in global value chains (GVCs). The profiles also shed light on the contribution of the services sector to trade...
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Special session of the General Council — Visit of UN Secretary-General Guterres
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UN's Guterres underscores importance of revitalizing multilateral trade cooperation
A rules-based, non-discriminatory and equitable trading system is not only in the interest of all trading partners but is essential to preserving the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable economies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told WTO members on 10 May. Speaking at a...
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DDG Wolff highlights role of WTO in facilitating agri-food chains
The WTO's rules-based framework benefits farmers and other participants in nascent and developing agri-food value chains by facilitating their daily operations and encouraging regulatory cooperation among governments, WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff told the G-20 Agricultural Summit in...
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DG Azevêdo at India's ministerial meeting: 'Make your voices heard' on reform issues
Participating in an Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting organised by the Indian government in New Delhi on 13 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo outlined the current discussions regarding WTO reform and told those attending that "this is your organization ... make your voices heard in this debate."...
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Japan initiates WTO dispute complaint against Indian tech tariffs
Japan 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 14 May.
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