maandag 2 december 2019

WTO: Members laud success of World Cotton Day launch, discuss cotton trade and development

Members laud success of World Cotton Day launch, discuss cotton trade and development
At the WTO "Cotton Days" held on 20-21 November, the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session, Ambassador John Deep Ford, and WTO Deputy Director-General Karl Brauner underlined the success of the World Cotton Day launch on 7 October 2019. In particular, they highlighted the joint...
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Chair urges WTO members to "move forward" on development issues
In a dedicated session of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) on 22 November, the Chair Ambassador Chad Blackman of Barbados invited WTO members to "find a common understanding on the way forward" for the Monitoring Mechanism, under which members may review special provisions for...
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DG Azevêdo thanks 2019 WTO Young Professionals for their work and contributions
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with the 2019 WTO Young Professionals on 25 November to thank them for their good work and contributions as they approach the end of their year at the organization. The participants in this year's group said the values and skills learned and consolidated at the...
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DDG Wolff: WTO can play a role in supporting a circular economy
In his opening remarks at a workshop on the circular economy and climate change organized by the governments of Costa Rica and Finland on 25 November at the WTO, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the role the WTO can play in supporting new systems which minimize waste production and...
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DG Azevêdo: Members have the opportunity to address global plastic pollution at the WTO
In his remarks to a workshop organized by the governments of China, Morocco and Sri Lanka on 25 November at the WTO, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the growing interest among members in the cross-border implications of plastic pollution and the role international cooperation can play....
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European Union initiates WTO dispute case against Indonesian restrictions on raw materials
The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with Indonesia regarding alleged export restrictions and local content subsidies adopted by Indonesia with respect to certain raw materials. The request was circulated to WTO members on 27 November.
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Conference marks 30 years of the WTO's Trade Policy Review Mechanism
On 27 November the WTO marked the 30th anniversary of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM), a critical tool for ensuring and promoting transparency, accountability and predictability in the multilateral trading system. In his opening remarks at a conference to mark the event, [email protected], WTO...
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30 years of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism
Remarks by DG Azevêdo
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WTO issues panel report in second Airbus compliance proceedings
On 2 December the WTO circulated the compliance panel report in the case brought by the European Union in "European Communities and Certain Member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the EU" (DS316)
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DDG Yi: Regulatory work needed to enhance trade impact of blockchain technologies
In his opening remarks at the Global Trade and Blockchain Forum on 2 December at the WTO, Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun said that policy action and coordination among key stakeholders are necessary to fully realize the potential of blockchain technology to transform international trade. DDG...
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