donderdag 10 december 2020

WTO: Aid for Trade stocktaking event to examine impact of COVID-19 on developing countries

Aid for Trade stocktaking event to examine impact of COVID-19 on developing countries
An online information session was held by the WTO on 2 December to prepare for an Aid for Trade "stocktaking event" to be held online on 23 — 25 March 2021. Organized by the Committee on Trade and Development, the online event is set to examine the trade and development challenges arising from the...
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WTO members consider holding a workshop on preferences for services exporters in LDCs
WTO members tasked the WTO Secretariat with drafting an agenda for a virtual workshop next spring on preferential treatment for exporters of services in least-developed countries (LDCs) at a meeting of the Services Council on 4 December. The workshop was proposed by the WTO's LDCs group. The...
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WTO thanks 2020 Young Professionals for their work during difficult year
On behalf of the entire WTO, Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah on 4 December thanked the 2020 WTO Young Professionals for their good work and contributions as they reach the end of their year at the organization. The fourth edition of the programme "has been successful in many ways", DDG...
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DDG Wolff calls for deepening work on "Trade for Peace" efforts
At a concluding session of the WTO's "Trade for Peace" week on 4 December, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined potential future actions to deepen cooperation between the WTO and the humanitarian and peace communities so that multilateral trade can contribute to peace efforts. He...
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Investment facilitation agreement negotiators wrap up productive year
The participants in the negotiations for an agreement on investment facilitation for development held another round of meetings on 7-8 December which saw a high level of participation and engagement. Negotiations will resume in January 2021 with a view to achieving a concrete outcome by the 12th...
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WTO seeks applications for new phase of Chairs Programme
The WTO is seeking applications from academic institutions around the world for a new phase of the WTO Chairs Programme, which aims to support trade-related academic activities. Universities and research institutions in developing countries, least-developed countries, recently acceded WTO members...
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Ninth China Round Table to reflect on 25 years of WTO accessions
The Ninth China Round Table on WTO Accessions, to be held on 11 December, will review and pay tribute to the contribution of accessions to the organization since its establishment in 1995. Under the theme "25 years of WTO accessions in review", this year's Round Table will also discuss challenges...
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Trade Policy Review: Indonesia
The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Indonesia takes place on 9 and 11 December 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Indonesia.
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WTO receives petition asking for universally accessible and affordable COVID-19 vaccines
A petition calling for universal access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines was delivered virtually by Avaaz, a global online citizen movement, to the WTO on 9 December 2020. Over 900,000 individuals from around the world have signed the petition, which asks all governments, WTO members and...
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Sweden gives SEK 40 million to help developing countries meet farm trade standards
The government of Sweden is pledging SEK 40 million (approximately CHF 4.2 million) over the period 2020-2023 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate more actively in agricultural trade. This grant to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) aims to support...
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