maandag 17 februari 2020

WTO: WTO organizes regional trade policy course for French-speaking participants in Côte d’Ivoire

WTO organizes regional trade policy course for French-speaking participants in Côte d'Ivoire
Twenty-eight participants from 15 French-speaking African members of the WTO, as well as Haiti, are attending the two-month Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) being held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 3 February to 27 March 2020. This is the fourth RTPC organized by the WTO in partnership with...
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Workshop addresses incentives for technology transfer to LDCs under the TRIPS Agreement
A workshop on incentives for technology transfer to least-developed countries (LDCs) under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) was held in Geneva on 4-6 February. Twenty-one capital-based government officials from 15 WTO LDC members and observers took part...
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Members discuss LDC technology transfer, highlight progress on transparency obligations
At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 6 February, WTO members continued last year's detailed discussions on how best to implement the Agreement's obligations relating to technology transfer to least developed countries (LDCs). Members...
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Japan initiates second WTO dispute complaint regarding Korean support for shipbuilders
Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with Korea regarding alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry. Japan's request was circulated to WTO members on 10 February.
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ompt submission of notifications urged for full implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement
WTO members highlighted the need for continued transparency in trade procedures at the 11 February meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. The prompt submission of notifications related to the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is vital for reaping the benefits of the...
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WTO members advance new Aid for Trade work programme, host workshop on rural economy
WTO members moved closer to finalizing the new Aid for Trade (AfT) work programme for 2020-2021 at a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development dedicated to AfT on 11 February 2020. Delegations also discussed at a workshop how Aid for Trade can help support rural economic transformation.
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DDG Wolff affirms WTO commitment to support Africa's economic integration
In a speech delivered at the Addis Ababa University on 11 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed WTO commitment to supporting Africa's continued economic integration, growth and development through the participation of African members in the organization. DDG Wolff paid his first...
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WTO members prepare to firm up legal text for fisheries subsidies agreement
At the 13 February informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations took stock of the state of play of fisheries subsidies negotiations and discussed how best to develop a consolidated legal text for an agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, with the aim of...
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Regional Dialogue highlights synergies between African WTO membership and AfCFTA
The 3rd Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for Africa was held on 12-14 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the focus on the theme of "Deepening Economic Integration in Africa through WTO Membership and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation". Hosted by the government of...
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WTO issues call for papers for 2020 Essay Award for Young Economists
The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2020 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted...
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