maandag 1 juli 2019

WTO: DDG Wolff: The trading system faces severe challenges but none are insurmountable

DDG Wolff: The trading system faces severe challenges but none are insurmountable
Speaking at a Conference on the Future of Trade in London on 26 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined the importance of the multilateral trading system and highlighted some of the challenges it currently faces. He concluded: "The world will be a poorer place and discontent will only...
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WTO members review progress of Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation
WTO members discussed the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation on 25 June. Members analysed the progress made and highlighted remaining work to be done, with some drawing attention to upcoming notification deadlines, related...
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Parties welcome new observers to WTO government procurement committee
Parties to the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) welcomed Ecuador and the Philippines as new observers to the GPA committee at its meeting on 26 June. In addition, the parties approved the United Kingdom's request for a six-month extension to submit its instrument of accession to the GPA...
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WTO issues panel report regarding US state measures for renewable energy sector
On 27 June the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by India in "United States — Certain Measures Relating to the Renewable Energy Sector" (DS510).
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DDG Wolff: WTO important in ensuring robust connections within the agri-food system
Speaking at the WTO's Agriculture Symposium on 27 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the importance of WTO rules in enhancing connections within the agri-food system. He encouraged WTO members to use the symposium to discuss the way forward, with a view to achieving a more nimble...
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WTO opens online registration for World Cotton Day
Online registration for the WTO launch of World Cotton Day on 7 October 2019 is now open. The WTO will host the celebrations with the participation of senior government officials, international organisations, national cotton producers and textile industry professionals as well as private sector...
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WTO seminar for Latin American journalists concludes in Geneva
Seventeen journalists from major Latin American media outlets attended a seminar organized by the WTO from 24 to 28 June in Geneva. The seminar covered the WTO's main areas of work and the main challenges faced by the multilateral trading system during this time of uncertainty and trade tensions.
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Azevêdo joins Prime Minister Abe and other leaders to launch "Osaka Track" on the digital economy
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined Prime Minister Abe and other G20 leaders at a side event during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, to discuss the importance of the digital economy and the ongoing negotiations at the WTO, under the Joint Initiative on E-commerce.
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Azevêdo welcomes G20 leaders' reaffirmation of commitment to WTO reform
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo strongly welcomed the communiqué agreed by G20 leaders at the summit in Osaka, Japan on 29 June recommitting the G20 to the need for WTO reform. The Director-General participated in the summit, where he also underlined the urgency of addressing the blockage in the...
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DG Azevêdo: Global cooperation on digital economy vital to unlock trade benefits for women
Electronic commerce has great potential to boost the economic empowerment of women but only if the right conditions are in place to unlock these benefits, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said at a workshop on Women in Digital Trade held at the WTO on 1 July. Recent commitments relating to the...
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