maandag 25 november 2019

WTO: WTO members discuss product quality, safety and standards, debate new trade concerns

WTO members discuss product quality, safety and standards, debate new trade concerns
At a meeting of the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee on 12-13 November, WTO members held discussions on how to develop coherent ways to test, measure and demonstrate the safety and quality of products. This "quality infrastructure" helps build trust in exports, enhances competitiveness and...
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WTO committee reviews record number of safeguard actions
A record 45 notifications of safeguard actions taken by WTO members were reviewed at the 18 November meeting of the WTO's Safeguards Committee. A group of members reiterated their concerns about the rising use of safeguard measures, particularly in the steel sector, and the need to ensure that...
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India appeals panel report regarding export promotion measures
India filed an appeal on 19 November concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by the United States in "India — Export Related Measures" (DS541). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 31 October 2019.
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European Union initiates WTO dispute against Colombian duties on frozen fries
The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with Colombia regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on imports of frozen fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The request was circulated to WTO members on 20 November.
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DDG Wolff: This is an opportunity to increase coverage and benefits of global trading system
In a speech delivered at the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing on 20 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff spoke about the current state of the WTO and its future outlook. He highlighted the challenges facing the multilateral trading system but also the opportunities for...
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Azevêdo on World Fisheries Day: Time to end harmful fishing subsidies
On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on 21 November, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on WTO Members to curb the harmful subsidies that encourage overfishing and inflict great damage on the marine environment.
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DDG Wolff joins agency chiefs in underlining need to strengthen the trading system
WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff took part on 21 November in the "1+6" roundtable meeting in Beijing hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attended by heads of major international economic organizations and financial institutions (the IMF, World Bank, ILO, OECD and the Financial Stability...
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Trade restrictions among G20 economies remain at historic highs
The WTO's new Trade Monitoring Report issued on 21 November shows that G20 economies from mid-May to mid-October 2019 introduced import-restrictive measures covering an estimated USD 460.4 billion worth of traded merchandise. This represents a 37% increase over the previous period going back to...
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Members reiterate joint call to launch selection process for Appellate Body members
A group of 117 WTO members again issued a call at the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body meeting on 22 November to launch the process for filling vacancies on the Appellate Body, marking two years since proponents first issued their joint appeal. The United States repeated that it was not in a position...
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Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to enhance developing countries' participation in world trade
Liechtenstein is donating CHF 40,000 in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to increase their trade negotiating skills.
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