woensdag 16 september 2020

WTO: DDG Wolff: Trade, global cooperation can best deliver adequate medical supplies

DDG Wolff: Trade, global cooperation can best deliver adequate medical supplies
International trade and cooperation among WTO members are vital to ensure sufficient supplies of medical devices during the COVID-19 crisis, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 4 September. Speaking at a virtual event organized by the Friedrich Schiller University, DDG Wolff said that trade...
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The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene pellets and granules
On 4 September 2020, the Philippines notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 4 September 2020 a "preliminary safeguard investigation" on High-Density Polyethylene and Linear Low-Density Polyethylene pellets and granules.
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Chair announces programme of trade policy reviews for remainder of 2020
Four WTO members — Zimbabwe, Thailand, Indonesia and Macao, China — will undergo reviews of their trade policies and practices before the end of the year. The Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB) chair, Ambassador Harald Aspelund of Iceland, announced an updated programme of reviews for the remainder of...
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Members to debate how Aid for Trade can address COVID-19 impact on developing countries
An informal meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development dedicated to the Aid for Trade initiative will be held on 14 September to discuss how to take account of the trade and development challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. WTO members will discuss how the WTO-led initiative can...
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on wires
On 9 September 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 July 2020 a safeguard investigation on wires.
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WTO members discuss participation of developing countries in world trade
The WTO Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) started its autumn schedule of meetings on 14 September with an informal session dedicated to Aid for Trade. A formal CTD meeting on regional trade agreements will be held on 29 September along with a separate meeting on technical assistance and...
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The Comoros reaffirms ambition to secure WTO membership by next Ministerial Conference
The Comoros stressed its strong commitment to conclude formal accession negotiations to the WTO by the next Ministerial Conference. At the fifth meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of the Comoros on 14 September, WTO members welcomed the efforts of the Comoros to bring its trade regime in...
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WTO panel issues report regarding US tariffs on Chinese goods
On 15 September the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by China in "United States — Tariff Measures on Certain Goods from China" (DS543).
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DDG Wolff cites importance of transparency, cooperation in dealing with pandemic challenges
WTO members are considering ways to make global trade rules more suitable to deal with any future pandemics, including improved information-sharing on measures taken, promoting open dialogue on common problems faced, and limiting the duration of trade-restrictive measures, Deputy Director-General...
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Agriculture discussions to enter new phase this month
A new phase of discussions on agriculture will begin at the WTO this month. WTO members will discuss, in the Committee on Agriculture, the impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural sector and will exchange information on their agricultural policies. Meeting in special session, they will seek to...
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