woensdag 22 januari 2020

WTO: DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from the China that joined the WTO in 2001

DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from the China that joined the WTO in 2001
In a speech to Chinese university students visiting the WTO on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined that China's accession to the WTO accelerated the country's process of internal economic reform. He said that the multilateral trading system provides the essential international...
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Austria gives EUR 200,000 to further developing countries' negotiating capacity
Austria is donating EUR 200,000 (approximately CHF 220,000) to the WTO's DDA Global Trust Fund in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to increase their trade negotiating skills.
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WTO and World Bank showcase updated version of Services Trade Policy Database
An updated version of the Services Trade Policy Database, jointly developed by the WTO and the World Bank, was presented at the WTO on 16 January. The database now contains new information on the services trade policies and regulations applied by 68 economies and incorporates data on 23...
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United States notifies decision to appeal compliance panel ruling in steel dispute with India
On 18 December the United States, under Article 16 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding, notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal issues of law and legal interpretations developed by the WTO compliance panel in its report in the case brought by India in "United States —...
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As agreement deadline nears, first set of 2020 fisheries subsidies talks get under way
At a 16-17 January meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members kicked off the first set of 2020 meetings aimed at securing a global agreement on reducing harmful fisheries subsidies by the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan in June. Among other issues, members discussed a...
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New WTO delegates invited to Secretariat briefing session on the TRIPS Council
A WTO Secretariat briefing session for new WTO delegates on the work and mission of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) will be held on 28 January. The aim of the briefing is helping delegates prepare for TRIPS Council meetings and become familiarized with...
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DDG Wolff: It is time to update the WTO rulebook for agriculture
Addressing a group of agriculture ministers at the 12th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 18 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the need to harness the power of multilateral trade agreements to meet the complex challenges facing the agricultural sector. In the...
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WTO opens NGO accreditation for Kazakhstan Ministerial Conference
The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the 12th Ministerial Conference, which will be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from 8 to 11 June 2020.
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Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu gives TWD 4.5 million for LDCs at Ministerial Conference
The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu is donating TWD 4.5 million (approximately USD 150,000) in 2020 to help least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which will take place on 8-11 June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The...
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 27 January 2020, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially...
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