maandag 1 maart 2021

WTO: Panels established to review Indonesian, US trade measures

Panels established to review Indonesian, US trade measures
WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 22 February to 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 from...
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New WTO handbook sheds light on the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement
A new WTO publication, launched on 22 February, provides an overview of the purpose and scope of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), the types of measures it covers and its key principles. Prepared by the WTO Secretariat, this new edition in the "WTO Agreements" series...
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Programme for Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event now online
The programme for the Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event to be held from 23 to 25 March was published at a Committee on Trade and Development meeting held on 16 February. A webinar organized on the same day looked into the role of Aid-for-Trade in helping countries deal with the consequences of...
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Japan supports EIF to help poorest countries recover from COVID 19, expand trade capacity
Japan has contributed over USD 81,000 (approximately CHF 72,000) to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in 2021 to help least-developed countries (LDCs) use trade to combat the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Members discuss TRIPS waiver request, exchange views on IP role amid a pandemic
At a formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 23 February 2021, WTO members continued their discussions on a proposal for a temporary waiver of certain TRIPS obligations in response to COVID-19. While members were unable to reach a decision...
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WTO members hold February cluster of meetings for fisheries subsidies negotiations
The Negotiating Group on Rules concluded another cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings on 19 February. During the week-long series of meetings members discussed special and differential treatment for developing and least-developed country members, rules for how panels should handle fisheries...
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Japan gives CHF 160,000 to help developing countries strengthen negotiating skill-set
Japan has contributed over CHF 160,000 in 2021 to help build 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 to better understand and implement...
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DDG Wolff calls on members to work with new Director-General to reform WTO
Speaking to heads of WTO member delegations on 25 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged them to build on their warm welcome for incoming Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala by working with her to deliver much-needed reforms to the WTO. "Enthusiasm, optimism and hope need to be...
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Twelfth Ministerial Conference to take place in Geneva in late 2021
WTO members have agreed that the organization's Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place in the week of 29 November 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The timing and venue were endorsed at a meeting of the WTO's General Council on 1 March.
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Civil society call for fishing subsidies deal welcomed by Dr Ngozi and negotiations chair
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed civil society's plea for a successful conclusion to the fisheries subsidies negotiations, illustrated through a fish ice sculpture set up by a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in front of the WTO headquarters on 1 March. Dr...
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