vrijdag 18 december 2020

WTO: WTO members committed to keeping up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiations

WTO members committed to keeping up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiations
WTO members aim to build on the momentum achieved this year during fisheries subsidies negotiations and forge an agreement early in 2021 as their contribution to securing the future of the world's oceans. The chair of the negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, said that despite...
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Three internship programmes for developing countries and LDCs conclude in Geneva
Three internship programmes for developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) concluded at the WTO on 14 December. A total of 41 government officials from across the world took part in the programmes — known as the Netherlands Trainee Programme, the French-Irish Mission Intern Programme...
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DDG Brauner urges members to step up efforts in early 2021 to agree on fish, other issues
Addressing heads of WTO member delegations on behalf of the four Deputy Directors-General on 14 December, DDG Karl Brauner called for renewed efforts in the new year to achieve convergence in ongoing negotiations, particularly on fisheries subsidies. While recognizing that members "will not deliver...
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Trade Policy Review: Macao, China
The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Macao, China takes place on 15 and 17 December 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Macao, China.
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WTO announces winner of the 2020 Trade Economist Thematic Award
Majune Kraido Socrates of the University of Nairobi has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Trade Economist Thematic Award, a new competition for specific research, which this year focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected trade and trade policy. His paper, "The Effect of Lockdown...
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Ireland gives EUR 350,000 to help developing countries strengthen trading skill-set
The government of Ireland has donated EUR 350,000 (approximately CHF 380,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) build their expertise across various trade-related areas. The objective is to ramp up their participation in international trade.
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WTO launches first online regional trade policy course for Arab and Middle Eastern states
Sixteen government officials from nine WTO members and observers are attending the first online Regional Trade Policy Course for Arab and Middle Eastern countries taking place from 7 December to 25 March 2021. The objective is to build their expertise on various aspects of trade and the work of the...
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First online global workshop on government procurement concludes
Close to 70 senior government officials from 37 WTO members and observers discussed key aspects of the revised Government Procurement Agreement at the 2020 Advanced Global e-Workshop on Government Procurement held virtually from 7 to 17 December 2020. Improving the efficiency of government...
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Czech Republic gives CZK 550,000 to support implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement
The Czech Republic has contributed CZK 550,000 (approximately CHF 22,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement in support of the objective of achieving full implementation of the Agreement by all WTO members.
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Chair of services domestic regulation talks issues revised negotiating text
The Chair of the negotiations on services domestic regulation, Jaime Coghi Arias of Costa Rica, circulated a "far advanced" negotiating text on 18 December capturing the progress made in 2020 on domestic regulation disciplines. Next year will be "crucial" for the talks, he stressed, given the...
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