dinsdag 17 november 2020

WTO: Good progress in the formal negotiations for an investment facilitation agreement

Good progress in the formal negotiations for an investment facilitation agreement
Participants in the negotiations for an agreement on investment facilitation for development made good progress in the third round of formal meetings held on 9-10 November 2020. Delegations showed a very high level of engagement and found common ground on various provisions of the informal...
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Thailand joins negotiations on services domestic regulation
WTO members participating in the negotiations on services domestic regulation welcomed Thailand as the 63rd participant at a meeting on 11 November at the WTO. Consisting of both developing and developed countries, the participants account for more than 73 per cent of world services trade.
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DDG Agah stresses importance of open and predictable markets to foster economic recovery
Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah underlined on 11 November the importance of open and predictable markets to foster strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In remarks delivered to the Amadeus Institute in Morocco at a session focusing on Africa and COVID-19, DDG Agah said...
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DDG Wolff calls for new initiatives to cut tariffs on medical supplies and equipment
Speaking at a 12 November virtual World Economic Forum meeting looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare industry, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said the WTO has provided members with information that has helped them make informed decisions and pull back from imposing...
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Trade and Environment Week to debate key issues, showcase examples of sustainable trade
The WTO will host Trade and Environment Week on 16-20 November, a series of virtual events and workshops that will explore issues at the forefront of the trade and environment agenda and showcase how to make global trade more sustainable, resilient and inclusive.
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DDG Agah: COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity to strengthen the trading system
Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah said on 13 November that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for the trading system to emerge stronger and better-equipped by adopting reforms in the shape of new agreements and renewed cooperation. DDG Agah was speaking at a...
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DDG Agah urges APEC ministers to help WTO deliver results
In remarks to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers' meeting on 16 November, Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah emphasized the importance of trade in helping the world economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and called on them to renew their engagement at the...
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DDG Wolff remarks to high-level WTO-UNEP Trade and Environment event
Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff delivered the following remarks on 16 November to the high-level event on trade, the environment and sustainable economic recovery hosted by the WTO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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High-level event underscores trade and environment links for sustainable COVID-19 recovery
Trade and environmental policies working in concert are vital for unlocking a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and ensuring future resilience to climate change and other environmental disruptions, speakers said at the 16 November online high-level event organized by the WTO and the UN...
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DDG Wolff remarks on the Structured Discussions on Trade and Environmental Sustainability
Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff spoke on 17 November at an event to mark the launch of the Structured Discussions on Trade and Environmental Sustainability, a new initiative aimed at promoting collective action on sustainable trade. His remarks are below.
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