maandag 4 mei 2020

WTO: DDG Wolff: Policy coordination needed to address pandemic challenges

DDG Wolff: Policy coordination needed to address pandemic challenges
In virtual remarks delivered to a 20 April webinar on the role of the WTO in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined the importance of global policy coordination to ensure an adequate supply of...
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DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 farm ministers' commitment to safeguard global food security
At a virtual meeting of G20 agriculture ministers today (21 April), WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged them to "act collectively to ensure that our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic do not unintentionally create food shortages". He welcomed the ministers' joint declaration, in which they...
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Egypt launches safeguard investigation on raw aluminium
On 22 April 2020, Egypt notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 16 April 2020 a safeguard investigation on raw aluminium.
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WTO report finds growing number of export restrictions in response to COVID-19 crisis
Eighty countries and customs territories so far have introduced export prohibitions or restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a new report by the WTO Secretariat. The report, which is based on information from official sources and news outlets, draws attention to the current...
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EIF sets up web page, hosts webinars to examine trade impacts of COVID-19 on LDCs
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) has set up a dedicated webpage and will be organizing webinars to examine the trade impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on least developed countries (LDCs).
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IMF and WTO heads call for lifting trade restrictions on medical supplies and food
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo issued a joint call on 24 April for governments to refrain from imposing export and other trade restrictions on key medical supplies and food and to quickly lift those put in place...
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WTO issues new report on treatment of medical products in regional trade agreements
The WTO Secretariat has published a new report on the treatment of medical products in regional trade agreements (RTAs) amid current supply shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report examines the extent medical products are traded among preferential partners and the difference in...
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Canada gives CAD 450,000 to help developing countries take part in farm trade
The government of Canada contributed CAD 450,000 (just over CHF 300,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards, with the aim of increasing their access to agricultural markets.
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DDG Wolff: Reliance on international trade for food security likely to grow
Food security is increasingly dependent on international trade, making it critical to keep trade in food flowing, WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff noted on 30 April. In remarks delivered on his behalf by WTO Agriculture Division Director Edwini Kessie at the "Trade Dialogues on Food" webinar,...
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Canada donates CAD 90,000 to help developing countries participate in international trade
Canada has contributed over CAD 90,000 (approximately CHF 60,000) 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 and seminars for government officials, with the...
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