vrijdag 29 januari 2021

WTO: DDG Wolff stresses need to make progress in WTO negotiations to enhance resilience of farm sector

DDG Wolff stresses need to make progress in WTO negotiations to enhance resilience of farm sector
Addressing agriculture ministers at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 22 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the resilience of agricultural production and trade in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has underlined the need for policymakers to...
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WTO members resume work on fisheries subsidies negotiations using latest revised text
On 22 January, at a meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations said they were committed to keeping up the momentum in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and they welcomed the second revision of the draft consolidated document circulated on 18 December by the chair,...
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Korea appeals panel report regarding Korean duties on Japanese steel
Korea notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 22 January of its decision to appeal the panel report in the case brought by Japan in "Korea — Sunset Review of Anti-Dumping Duties on Stainless Steel Bars" (DS553). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 30 November.
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 25 January 2021, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially...
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Members consider panel requests regarding Indonesian, US trade measures
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 25 January, WTO members considered two requests for the establishment of dispute panels: one from the European Union regarding measures in Indonesia restricting exports of raw materials used in the production of stainless steel, and a second...
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Services trade recovery not yet in sight
Global services trade in the third quarter of 2020 fell 24% compared to the same period in 2019, according to statistics released by the WTO on 26 January. This represents only a small uptick from the 30% year-on-year decline registered in the second quarter, in marked contrast to the much stronger...
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Investment facilitation agreement negotiators set up roadmap towards Ministerial Conference
WTO members taking part in the negotiations for an agreement on investment facilitation for development have approved a roadmap with a view to reaching a substantive outcome by the next Ministerial Conference. At the first round of meetings of 2021 held on 25-26 January, delegations actively...
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Trade Policy Review: Nicaragua
The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Nicaragua takes place on 27 and 29 January 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Nicaragua.
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COVID-19 continued focus of trade facilitation discussions
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to be at the centre of discussions when the WTO's Committee on Trade Facilitation met for its first 2021 meeting on 26-27 January. Experiences of both the public and private sector in facilitating trade for pandemic-related medicines and medical equipment were shared...
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New WTO publication looks at impact of digital technologies on developing countries
A new WTO publication launched on 28 January looks at how the rapid adoption of digital technologies can create challenges and opportunities for developing countries. The publication — written by chairholders and Advisory Board members of the WTO Chairs Programme and by WTO Secretariat staff —...
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