maandag 20 april 2020

WTO: WTO, WCO chiefs pledge joint efforts to facilitate trade in essential goods

WTO, WCO chiefs pledge joint efforts to facilitate trade in essential goods
The heads of the WTO and World Customs Organization (WCO) issued a joint statement on 6 April pledging to work together to facilitate trade in essential goods such as medical supplies, food, and energy.
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WTO launches call for proposals for 2020 Public Forum
The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year's Public Forum, whose theme is 'Building on 25 Years of the WTO'. Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 29 September to 2 October, are invited to submit their proposals by 1 June 2020.
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Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy
World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID 19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world.
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WTO Arbitrator determines "reasonable period of time" in Ukraine-Russia dumping dispute
On 8 April an Arbitrator issued his award regarding the "reasonable period of time" for implementing the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in the dispute "Ukraine — Anti‑Dumping Measures on Ammonium Nitrate" (WT/DS493). The Arbitrator determined that the "reasonable...
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Trade forecast press conference
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DDG Wolff: Time to start planning for the post-pandemic recovery
The multilateral trading system must start preparing to assist in the recovery of the global economy following the COVID-19 crisis, WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said in a virtual lecture delivered to the Washington International Trade Association on 9 April. DDG Wolff cited a number of...
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Chair of fisheries subsidies talks seeks members' views on next steps amid COVID-19 crisis
Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, the Chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules which is responsible for the fisheries subsidies negotiations, will consult WTO members on 16-17 April on how best to continue work amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. In a video message, the chair...
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WTO members discuss use of virtual platforms during COVID-19 lockdown
At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 17 April, over 50 delegation heads took the floor to exchange views on the use of online discussions and written procedures to continue WTO work and decision-making during the COVID-19 lockdown. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo also used the informal...
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Heads of WTO, WHO cite importance of open trade in ensuring flow of vital medical supplies
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a joint statement on 20 April underlining their support for efforts to ensure the normal cross-border flow of vital medical supplies and other goods and services. "Protecting lives...
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WTO launches call for candidates for 2021 Young Professionals Programme
The WTO has issued a call for candidates for the 2021 Young Professionals Programme (YPP). Candidates up to the age of 32, as of 1 January 2021, from eligible developing and least-developed countries are invited to submit their application by 29 May 2020. The selected candidates will work at the...
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