maandag 8 juni 2020

WTO: WTO issues 2020 Annual Report

WTO issues 2020 Annual Report
The WTO's Annual Report, published today (28 May), provides a comprehensive account of the organization's activities in 2019 and early 2020. The Report opens with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and a brief overview of the year. This is followed by in-depth accounts of the WTO's...
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WTO report looks at impact of COVID-19 pandemic on services trade
A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected trade in services, from tourism and transport to retail and health services.
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WTO members discuss Kazakhstan's offer to host 12th Ministerial Conference in June 2021
At a virtual meeting of the General Council on 29 May, WTO members discussed Kazakhstan's offer to host the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan in June 2021.
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WTO report examines impact of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses
The WTO Secretariat has published an information note looking at how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes the impact of supply chain disruptions on MSMEs and the extent to which smaller businesses are represented in the economic...
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New webpage examines link between trade and natural disasters
The WTO has published a new webpage on trade and natural disasters to provide access to research papers and WTO-organized symposia dealing with this topic. The webpage collates research on the impact of natural disasters on countries' trading capacity and how the multilateral trading system can...
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WTO webinar explores way forward for sustainable trade after COVID-19
Trade and the WTO have an important role to play in steering global recovery towards a sustainable course for the well-being of the world's population and the planet in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, speakers said at a 4 June webinar organized to mark World Environment Day. The aftermath of the...
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DDG Wolff: "The challenges are not over"
In remarks delivered to a virtual meeting of the UK House of Commons' International Trade Committee on 5 June, Deputy-Director General Alan Wolff said the WTO continues to play an important role in global trade but now is the time to consider improvements to the organization. "Were the WTO in the...
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Turkey launches safeguard investigation on staple fibres of polyesters
On 8 June 2020, Turkey notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 30 May 2020 a safeguard investigation on staple fibres of polyesters.
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DG Azevêdo and rules negotiations chair highlight importance of fisheries subsidies deal on World Oceans Day
On the occasion of World Oceans Day on 8 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, highlighted the importance of a multilateral agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies.
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Mexico nominates Mr Jesús Seade Kuri for post of WTO Director-General
Mexico, on 8 June 2020, nominated Mr Jesús Seade Kuri for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.
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