donderdag 21 januari 2021

WTO: Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help increase trade know-how in developing economies

Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help increase trade know-how in developing economies
Estonia has contributed EUR 20,000 (CHF 22,000) in 2021 to enhance the trading capacities of developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). This donation to the WTO's DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops aimed at helping government officials better understand and...
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WIPO and WTO launch enhanced access to the Colloquium Research Papers collection
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO have launched a new webpage providing comprehensive access to the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers, a joint academic effort aimed at stimulating analysis and debate on intellectual property (IP) issues, particularly of interest to developing...
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DDG Wolff outlines possible responses to calls for WTO reform
Speaking at a virtual event hosted by Chatham House in London on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined his views on possible responses to calls for reform of the WTO. He focused on issues such as improving the WTO's negotiating function and decision-making, better accountability...
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WTO, OECD launch dataset on bilateral trade in services
The WTO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 13 January jointly launched a new dataset covering bilateral services trade of over 200 economies from 2005 to 2019. The WTO-OECD Balanced Trade in Services (BaTIS) dataset, which provides detailed data for 12 services...
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Costa Rica initiates dispute complaint against food import restrictions imposed by Panama
Costa Rica has requested WTO dispute consultations with Panama regarding measures imposed by Panama that restrict or prohibit the import of products such as strawberries, dairy products, meat products, pineapples and bananas from Costa Rica. The request was circulated to WTO members on 14 January.
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DDG Wolff: Focused WTO talks needed on trade and climate change issues
Speaking at a webinar hosted by the French Association of Large Companies (AFEP) on 14 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said WTO members need to engage in focused and constructive discussions on how to ensure that trade and trade-related measures contribute effectively to global...
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WTO panel issues report regarding Pakistan duties on BOPP film from the UAE
On 18 January the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by the United Arab Emirates in "Pakistan — Anti-Dumping Measures on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Film from the United Arab Emirates" (DS538) .
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Malaysia initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU palm oil measures
Malaysia has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding measures adopted by the EU and its member states affecting palm oil and palm crop-based biofuels. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 January.
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WTO panel issues report regarding US duties on Korean products
On 21 January the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Korea in "United States — Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Products and the Use of Facts Available" (DS539).
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Group of members issue joint pledge on humanitarian food purchases
A group of nearly 80 WTO members issued a joint statement on 21 January pledging not to impose export restrictions on foodstuffs purchased by the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian aid.
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