donderdag 8 oktober 2020

WTO: WTO members discuss technical assistance and training activities for developing countries

WTO members discuss technical assistance and training activities for developing countries
At a regular meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development on 29 September, WTO members discussed technical assistance activities for developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). The challenges faced for assistance activities in light of the COVID-19 crisis were underlined, in...
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Members address proposal to advance discussions on preferences for LDC service suppliers
At a meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 2 October 2020, WTO members addressed a new proposal to advance discussions on the use of the Services Waiver that allows them to grant more favourable treatment to service suppliers from least-developed countries (LDCs). They also discussed the implications of COVID-19 for trade in services and raised specific trade concerns related to the digital economy.
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DDG Wolff: Q&A on the COVID-19 pandemic and trade
Speaking at a "Geneva Trade Week" event at the Graduate Institute on 2 October, DDG Wolff took questions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global trade and the WTO's role in addressing the crisis. His answers are below:
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Trade shows signs of rebound from COVID-19, recovery still uncertain
World trade shows signs of bouncing back from a deep, COVID-19 induced slump, but World Trade Organization economists caution that any recovery could be disrupted by the ongoing pandemic effects.
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"We are moving in the right direction" on cotton: DDG Wolff
World Cotton Day provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the sector's importance to the livelihoods of millions of farmers, processors and traders around the world, particularly in Africa, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 6 October. In remarks to a webinar marking the first anniversary of World Cotton Day on 7 October, DDG Wolff said the commemorations bring together the cotton, trade and development communities to continue their joint efforts towards the sustainable development of the sector. His remarks are below.
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WTO marks the 1st anniversary of World Cotton Day on 7 October
The WTO commemorates on 7 October the first anniversary of World Cotton Day, an occasion to shine a spotlight on the sector's importance to the livelihoods of millions of farmers, processors and traders around the world, particularly in Africa.
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WTO publishes list of COVID-19 support measures adopted by members
The WTO has posted a list of economic support measures adopted by WTO members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list is available on the WTO's dedicated COVID-19 web page.
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WTO issues new edition of Trade Profiles publication
The WTO issued today (8 October) the latest edition of its annual statistical publication Trade Profiles.
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Denmark gives DKK 8 million to help developing countries participate in farm trade
The government of Denmark contributed a total of DKK 8 million (over CHF 1.1 million) in 2019 and 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards and to enhance their access to agricultural markets.
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WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
WTO members narrowed the field of candidates to be the next Director-General as General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand and his co-facilitators in the selection process disclosed today (8 October) the two candidates advancing to the third and final round of consultations which will determine the successor to Roberto Azevêdo.
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