donderdag 12 maart 2020

WTO: Conference addresses emerging research in intellectual property and innovation

Conference addresses emerging research in intellectual property and innovation
Some 150 academics, researchers and policy makers gathered on 27-28 February in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss emerging research challenges and opportunities in intellectual property (IP) and innovation. The discussion took place as part of the second IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA)...
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LDCs seek strengthened mandate for Committee on Rules of Origin
Least developed country (LDC) members called for a decision at the WTO's upcoming Ministerial Conference in June to strengthen the mandate of the Committee on Rules of Origin (CRO) by setting clearer obligations for preference-granting members to monitor the impact of their rules of origin on LDC...
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WTO members consider EU request for panels on Indian tech tariffs, Colombian duties on fries
At a meeting of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 5 March, WTO members considered two requests from the European Union for dispute panels to examine India's tariffs on certain high-tech goods and Colombia's anti-dumping duties on frozen fries from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
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DG Azevêdo on Women's Day: WTO has important role to play in promoting gender equality
At an event at the WTO on 6 March 2020 celebrating International Women's Day, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the organization's role, both as a global trade authority and an employer, in making gender equality a reality. He reported on efforts undertaken so far and introduced new...
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DG Azevêdo and chair call on members to intensify fisheries subsidies negotiations
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, called on heads of WTO delegations (HoDs) on 6 March to immediately prepare to make critical decisions as work to develop a consolidated text of an agreement gets under...
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Reminder: NGO accreditation for Kazakhstan Ministerial Conference closes on 29 March
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should submit their requests for accreditation for the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) no later than 29 March 2020 (midnight, GMT).
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DG Azevêdo announces suspension of WTO meetings following confirmation of COVID-19 case
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has informed WTO members that, as of 11 March, all meetings at the WTO will be suspended until 20 March. The decision follows confirmation that one WTO staff member has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
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Trade Policy Review: Australia
The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of Australia takes place virtually on 11 and 13 March following the decision to suspend all WTO meetings until 20 March. The suspension was agreed on after confirmation that one WTO staff member has contracted the COVID-19 virus. Australia's TPR...
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Services trade growth weakens as COVID-19 crisis hits global economy
World services trade growth continued to weaken toward the end of 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020 according to the WTO's Services Trade Barometer, released on 11 March 2020. The latest reading of 96.8 is down from the 98.4 recorded last September and well below the baseline value of 100 for...
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DG Azevêdo provides urgent information to WTO members on MC12 date and venue
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was today informed by the Government of Kazakhstan that, in connection with the current situation with COVID-19 and the WHO declaration of a pandemic, it would be appropriate for members to revisit the decision to hold the 12th Ministerial Conference from 8-11...
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