maandag 23 november 2020

WTO: WTO members consider six regional trade agreements

WTO members consider six regional trade agreements
WTO members considered six regional trade agreements (RTAs) involving countries and trading blocs from across the world at a meeting of the Committee on RTAs on 18 November.
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WTO's achievements, challenges addressed at 25th anniversary event
Senior government officials and representatives from the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental organizations met virtually on 19 November to exchange views on the achievements and challenges facing the WTO as it marks its 25th anniversary. Speakers underlined the continued relevance...
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25th anniversary event
Remarks by DDG Alan Wolff
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WTO maps out trade issues related to COVID-19 vaccine rollout
The WTO Secretariat published today, 20 November, two graphics identifying some of the key trade issues arising at the various stages of the development and delivery of a vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective is to help foster dialogue on the role that trade policy can play in...
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New dynamic dashboards show progress in implementing WTO training programmes
The WTO has launched new electronic dashboards to help members, donors and others track the implementation of the WTO's technical assistance and training programmes. The aim of these programmes is to help developing countries strengthen their trade capacity and participate more effectively in...
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Goods Barometer signals trade resilience amid ongoing COVID concerns
World merchandise trade appears to have rebounded strongly after plummeting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but whether growth can be sustained going forward is unclear, according to the WTO's latest Goods Trade Barometer released on 20 November. A sharp rise in the barometer index was...
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Stakeholders panel shares ideas on how to revitalise the WTO to meet future challenges
Representatives from the private sector, civil society, media and international organizations debated on 19 November the impact of the WTO over the past 25 years and shared ideas on which issues the WTO should tackle in the years to come to ensure an equitable trading system. These views were...
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Virtual symposium to mark 25 years of the TRIPS Agreement
The WTO is organizing on 24 November 2020 a virtual symposium to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). This will be the first of a series of commemorative events reflecting on the impact and evolution of the most...
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DDG Wolff urges G20 leaders to back WTO action to support economic rebound, pandemic response and WTO reform
In an address to leaders from the Group of 20 leading economies, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 21 November that the WTO membership faces three challenges: using trade to bolster the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, facilitating trade in products needed to treat...
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World Trade Report 2020 explores increasing use of policies to foster digital innovation
A growing number of governments have adopted policies aimed at promoting innovation and technological progress for their economies, a trend which has implications for trade flows and the rules that govern global commerce, according to the 2020 edition of the WTO's World Trade Report. The flagship...
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