vrijdag 6 maart 2020

WTO: Eyeing MC12 for an outcome, agriculture negotiators focus on doable elements and processes

Eyeing MC12 for an outcome, agriculture negotiators focus on doable elements and processes
At a meeting of the Agriculture Committee in Special Session on 24-25 February, discussions focused on the elements and processes that are "oriented towards achieving an outcome" by the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12), in Nur-Sultan in June. "We need more engagement from delegations to find...
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Members discuss regulatory cooperation on self-drive cars and medical tools, debate concerns
At a meeting of the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee on 25-26 February, WTO members discussed how to improve regulatory cooperation on self-driving cars and medical devices. They also exchanged experiences on procedures related to testing and certification. These discussions were followed by a...
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on polymeric materials
On 28 February 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 25 February 2020 a safeguard investigation on polymeric materials.
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DSB meeting suspended over disagreement between the Philippines and Thailand in cigarette dispute
The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting on 28 February was suspended due to a disagreement between the Philippines and Thailand regarding the Philippines' request to impose retaliatory measures on imported Thai goods. The request stems from their dispute in DS371, "Thailand — Customs and Fiscal...
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DG Azevêdo: Weeks ahead are "window of opportunity" for WTO members to shape future of multilateral rule-making
At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 2 March, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo set out his views on how members could position themselves to deliver agreements on fisheries subsidies and other issues at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in June. He urged them to determine what can — and...
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Korea donates CHF 350,000 to enhance developing countries' trading skills
The Republic of Korea is contributing KRW 417 million (approximately CHF 350,000) to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for government officials...
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Members endorse Curaçao's bid for WTO membership
WTO members agreed at a meeting of the General Council on 3 March 2020 to establish a working party for the accession of Curaçao to the organization. Situated in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea and with a population of 163,000 people, Curaçao is a constituent country and separate customs...
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DDG Wolff: An update of multilateral trade rules is needed to increase their relevance
Speaking at an event in Washington DC on the future of the WTO on 3 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said that more intensive engagement is necessary to ensure that the benefits of the multilateral trading system continue and are increased. He continued: "Humanity has done great things...
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WTO chairpersons for 2020
The WTO General Council, on 3 March 2020, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies.
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Event marks 25th anniversary of the WTO's Agreement on Rules of Origin
Trade diplomats, technical experts and business representatives gathered at the WTO on 4 March to mark the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on Rules of Origin — one of the WTO's key accords covering trade policy measures which increasingly impact everyday cross-border trade. The event took place...
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