woensdag 8 juli 2020

WTO: Members discuss possible SPS Declaration for WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference

Members discuss possible SPS Declaration for WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference
WTO members have discussed a possible Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Declaration for the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference next year which would address the growing pressures on international agri-food production and trade. The proposal was discussed for the first time at a meeting of the SPS...
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Panels established to review Indian tech tariffs, Colombian duties on fries
WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 29 June to a request from the European Union for a dispute panel to examine India's tariffs on certain high-tech goods. The DSB also agreed to an EU request for a panel to review Colombia's anti-dumping duties on frozen fries...
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DDG Wolff: WTO acceding governments reconfirm value of multilateral trading system
At a time when the WTO is under heightened scrutiny and reform of the WTO is a subject of concern for all, the efforts undertaken by acceding governments to join the organization are a force for change, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 29 June. Speaking at the virtual opening session of...
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Members discuss challenges and opportunities of online services trade amid COVID-19 crisis
At a meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 1 July, WTO members discussed their efforts to increase the digital capabilities of businesses and consumers in view of the growing importance of online services, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. They also raised specific trade concerns...
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Heads of WTO and development banks voice support for trade finance amid COVID-19 crisis
The heads of the WTO and six multilateral development banks on 1 July issued a joint statement promising to address shortages in trade finance, so that financial market stresses arising from the COVID-19 crisis do not prevent otherwise-viable trade transactions, including for essential goods such...
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Enhanced Integrated Framework issues 2019 Annual Report
On 2 July, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) issued its 2019 Annual Report, outlining EIF support for building the trade capacity of least-developed countries (LDCs). The report notes progress in improving gender equality in LDCs and in enhancing access to new technologies, particularly for...
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Trade Policy Review: Japan
The fourteenth review of the trade policies and practices of Japan takes place on 6 and 8 July 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Japan.
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WTO issues latest edition of World Tariff Profiles
The WTO issued on 6 July the latest edition of its annual publication World Tariff Profiles, which provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. The publication is jointly prepared by the WTO, the United Nations...
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EU donates EUR 2 million to enhance developing countries' trading capacity
The European Union has contributed EUR 2 million (CHF 2.1 million) over the period 2019-2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training and other...
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Kenya nominates Ms Amina C. Mohamed for post of WTO Director-General
Kenya, on 7 July 2020, nominated Ms Amina C. Mohamed 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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