vrijdag 17 juli 2020

WTO: Members discuss how WTO can support efforts to create a circular economy, tackle plastic pollution

Members discuss how WTO can support efforts to create a circular economy, tackle plastic pollution
At the 3 July meeting of the Committee on Trade and Environment, under the chairmanship of Ambassador Chad Blackman of Barbados, WTO members considered several proposals, including to intensify discussions in the WTO on how trade policy can help address plastic pollution and establish a global...
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Members discuss reflecting impact of COVID-19 in WTO-led Aid for Trade initiative
At a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development on 7 July dedicated to Aid for Trade, WTO members agreed to discuss how to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their future work. They also agreed to extend the current biennial Aid for Trade work programme into 2022 when the next...
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Uzbekistan resumes WTO membership negotiations
WTO members welcomed the resumption of WTO membership negotiations for Uzbekistan when the working party on the country's accession to the WTO met on 7 July 2020 — almost 15 years after its last formal meeting.
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nominates Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri for post of WTO Director-General
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 8 July 2020, nominated Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri 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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The United Kingdom nominates Dr Liam Fox for post of WTO Director-General
The United Kingdom, on 8 July 2020, nominated Dr Liam Fox 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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WTO, ICC and B20 call for action to narrow the growing trade finance gap
The WTO, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and B20 Saudi Arabia issued a joint statement on 9 July pointing to the diminishing availability of trade finance. Warning that gaps between trade finance supply and demand could seriously impede the ability of trade to support post COVID-19...
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General Council Chair Walker announces timelines for next stages of DG selection process
General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand has announced timelines for the next phases in the selection process to choose a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.
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Keeping trade open amid COVID-19 crisis central to achieving SDGs and economic recovery
In a report to the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) taking place from 7 to 16 July, the WTO Secretariat highlights that trade, fiscal and monetary policies are key to supporting global sustainable development and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Amid the...
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Peru initiates WTO dispute complaint against Brazil's PET duties, tax treatment of imports
Peru has requested WTO dispute consultations with Brazil concerning Brazil's definitive anti-dumping measures on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film and tax treatment of imported products generally through the imposition of its Tax on Industrialized Products (IPI Tax). The request was circulated...
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WTO members meet the candidates for Director-General
The eight candidates nominated for the post of WTO Director-General met with members on 15-17 July at a meeting of the General Council. Each candidate made a brief presentation to members, including their vision for the WTO, followed by a question-and-answer period.
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