donderdag 29 oktober 2020

WTO: WTO workshop on health, trade and intellectual property: an integrated approach to COVID-19

WTO workshop on health, trade and intellectual property: an integrated approach to COVID-19
The WTO held on 21 October 2020 the first edition of the technical workshop on "An Integrated Health, Trade and Intellectual Property Approach to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic". The workshop, intended for policymakers, aimed at building capacity to assess domestic health systems, intellectual...
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Negotiations on e-commerce continue, eyeing a consolidated text by the end of the year
WTO members participating in the negotiation of rules on e-commerce shared updates on the work done to streamline the negotiating text at a plenary meeting on 23 October. The co-conveners, Australia, Japan and Singapore, encouraged members to propose constructive solutions and show flexibility in...
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WTO hails United Nations on its 75th anniversary
As the United Nations commemorates the 75th anniversary of its creation, its partner, the World Trade Organization, pays tribute to the UN for the vitally important contribution it makes to the lives of billions around the world. The WTO is grateful for the excellent cooperation between the two...
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 26 October 2020, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially...
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Members grant EU authorization to impose countermeasures against US in Boeing dispute
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body on 26 October, WTO members agreed to a request from the European Union for authorization to impose countermeasures on US goods and services trade with the EU up to a value of US$ 4 billion annually. The authorization was granted in line with a WTO...
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United States appeals panel report regarding US tariffs on Chinese goods
The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 26 October of its decision to appeal the panel report in the case brought by China in "United States — Tariff Measures on Certain Goods from China" (DS543). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 15 September.
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Over 60 safeguard actions reviewed at WTO committee
More than 60 specific safeguard investigations were reviewed by WTO members at the WTO's Safeguards Committee meeting on 26 October. The large number of actions under review was partly due to the spring meeting not taking place because of the COVID-19 lockdown. The European Union's safeguard...
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Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on cigarette paper
On 27 October 2020, Indonesia notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 26 October 2020 a safeguard investigation on cigarette paper.
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DDG Yi calls on ministers to ramp up cooperation on trade to bolster economic recovery
Addressing a virtual meeting of ministers organized today (27 October) by the Australian government ahead of the OECD's annual meeting, Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun urged them to step up cooperation at the WTO to lay the foundation for a strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic....
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Members indicate strong preference for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as DG but US objects
General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand and his two co-facilitators in the selection process to choose the WTO's next Director-General told the organization's members on 28 October that based on their consultations with all delegations the candidate best poised to attain consensus and...
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