woensdag 25 maart 2020

WTO: Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes at the WTO

Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes at the WTO
Thirty participants from around the world attended the Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) from 27 January to 13 March 2020 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course had to be shortened by one week from its original eight-week programme. The course was closed by Mr...
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DG Azevêdo communicates COVID-19 measures to WTO members and staff
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has informed WTO members and staff that access to the organization's premises will be restricted as of 16 March. All WTO meetings are suspended until the end of April and Secretariat staff have been requested to work from home until the end of March.
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Regional Trade Policy Course concludes in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
A Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for French-speaking African members and observers of the WTO concluded on 17 March. Organized in partnership with the École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Économie Appliquée (ENSEA) and the government of Côte d'Ivoire, it was attended by 28 government...
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WTO DG welcomes G7 leaders' statement on COVID-19
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo today welcomed the co-ordinated statement by G7 leaders calling for closer cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize its economic fallout.
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Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU steel safeguard
Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU's safeguard measures on imported steel products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 March.
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WTO members aim to keep up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiations
WTO members are sustaining efforts to craft new rules against harmful fisheries subsidies despite disruptions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Negotiators have been requested to exchange views in writing on two proposals, which will also serve as helpful input for a consolidated text.
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Media, NGO accreditation suspended for 12th Ministerial Conference
Accreditation for media and non-governmental organizations for the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) has been suspended, following host country Kazakhstan's request to revisit the decision to hold MC12 in Nur-Sultan on 8-11 June due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Japan donates CHF 125,000 to help LDCs participate effectively in global trade
Japan has contributed CHF 125,000 in 2020 to enhance the trading capacities of developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). This donation to the WTO's DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for government officials to help them better understand and implement WTO...
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DG Azevêdo requests WTO members to share information on trade measures related to COVID-19
As the WTO ramps up monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic's trade implications, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo calls for transparency with regard to trade-related policies introduced to fight the virus.
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Azevêdo sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisis
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said cross-border trade and investment flows have a role to play in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be vital for fostering a stronger recovery once the medical emergency subsides.
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