vrijdag 4 december 2020

WTO: WTO panel issues report regarding Korean duties on Japanese steel

WTO panel issues report regarding Korean duties on Japanese steel
On 30 November the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Japan in "Korea — Sunset Review of Anti-Dumping Duties on Stainless Steel Bars" (DS553).
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DDG Wolff calls for more structured WTO cooperation with humanitarian and peace communities
Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed on 30 November the need to deepen understanding of the use of trade as an instrument for inclusive and sustainable peace and how it can bring stability to fragile and conflict-affected countries. In remarks at the opening session of Trade for Peace Week,...
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China pledges USD 500,000 to support WTO accession and least developed countries
The government of China has pledged to renew its contribution of USD 500,000 (CHF 451,500) to the WTO's Least Developed Countries and Accessions Programme (also known as the China Programme) in 2020. The contribution was confirmed on 1 December 2020 at a signing ceremony with WTO Deputy...
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"Pressing needs for a breakthrough" in WTO farm trade talks
Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged WTO members on 2 December to push for extensive reform of existing global farm trade rules, declaring a "pressing need for a breakthrough" on all major subjects under negotiation. In remarks delivered to a Virtual WTO Agriculture Symposium, DDG Wolff noted...
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DDG Wolff pays tribute to James Wolfensohn
Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff has paid tribute to former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who passed away on 25 November. His remarks were delivered at a webinar co-sponsored by the WTO and World Bank on 2 December.
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WTO members conclude cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings
On 2 December, at the conclusion of two days of meetings at the level of heads of delegation, the chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, said he will continue his consultations with WTO members on the next steps in the negotiations.
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UK and Switzerland confirm participation in revised government procurement pact
Switzerland and the United Kingdom have completed the final step for making their respective participation in the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) effective. As of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for Switzerland, and the UK will be a party to the accord in its own...
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DDG Agah: Trade key to mitigating impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Africa
Trade will play a key role in helping Africa to improve living standards and mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah said on 3 December. In remarks delivered to the annual meeting of the Africa Economic Zones Organization, DDG Agah said...
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Germany, Estonia contribute to EIF to help poorest countries expand role in world trade
Germany and Estonia have pledged EUR 815,000 to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the programme's bi-annual Steering Committee meeting on 3 December. The meeting highlighted ways of helping least-developed-countries (LDCs) enhance their trading capacities and deal with the new challenges...
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Electronics and automotive products lift global merchandise trade in Q3, services lag behind
The third quarter of 2020 saw a partial recovery of world trade in manufactured goods, led by electronics, textiles and automotive products, as production resumed and lockdown measures were eased in major economies, new WTO statistics show. However, despite substantial improvement in recent months,...
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