maandag 15 juni 2020

WTO: WTO members commend efforts to monitor governments’ trade measures during COVID-19 crisis

WTO members commend efforts to monitor governments' trade measures during COVID-19 crisis
At a virtual meeting of the Committee on Market Access on 8 June, WTO members commended the ongoing efforts by the WTO Secretariat to monitor governments' trade-related measures during the COVID-19 crisis. They discussed ways to ensure that the emergency measures introduced to restrict exports are...
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Nigeria nominates Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for post of WTO Director-General
Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 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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DDG Wolff: "Acceding governments give the system much hope for the future"
The commitment of acceding governments to the multilateral trading system during the COVID-19 crisis has brought a lot of energy to the WTO during this challenging process, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 9 June. Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Informal Group of Acceding...
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Egypt nominates Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh for post of WTO Director-General
Egypt, on 9 June 2020, nominated Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh 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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Appellate Body issues reports regarding tobacco plain packaging requirements
On 9 June the Appellate Body issued its reports in the cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic in "Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging" (DS435 and DS441).
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WTO report looks at trade developments in poorest countries in wake of COVID-19
A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in global trade. The note stresses that LDCs have seen a significant decline in export earnings due to decreasing demand in key markets,...
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DDG Wolff: "There can be no permanent retreat from what has been created"
In remarks delivered virtually to the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece on 10 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said there is "strong and growing interest" among WTO members to craft improved multilateral trading arrangements through the process of WTO reform. "I strongly believe that the...
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Standards and Trade Development Facility launches 2019 Annual Report
The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) launched on 11 June its 2019 Annual Report. The report, "Facing the future: shaping safe trade outcomes for developing countries", highlights how STDF champions the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and responds to emerging needs.
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on fresh cut roses
On 12 June 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 May 2020 a safeguard investigation on fresh cut roses.
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Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on carpets and other textile floor coverings
On 12 June 2020, Indonesia notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 10 June 2020 a safeguard investigation on carpets and other textile floor coverings.
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