dinsdag 23 maart 2021

WTO: Workshop looks at incentives for technology transfer to LDCs under TRIPS Agreement

Workshop looks at incentives for technology transfer to LDCs under TRIPS Agreement
A virtual workshop on incentives for technology transfer to least-developed countries (LDCs) under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) was held on 2, 4, 5 and 10 March. Twenty-one capital-based government officials from 16 LDCs and around 60 experts from...
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Agriculture talks chair calls on members to inject sense of urgency in run-up to MC12
At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 10 March, the chair of the agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica), urged WTO members to act on the momentum provided by new leadership under Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the newly...
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Members of Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender agree on work plan for 2021
Members adopted a 2021 work plan to intensify efforts to increase women's empowerment through trade at the 26 February meeting of the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender. El Salvador Ambassador Ana Patricia Benedetti Zelaya was appointed as the third co-chair of the Informal Working Group at...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala makes official visit to Nigeria
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is in Nigeria for her first official trip since taking office at the beginning of March. During her three-day working visit, she is meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo and other members...
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Co-convenors of e-commerce negotiations: We are heartened by progress made so far
At a meeting on e-commerce negotiations on 16 March, co-convenor George Mina (Australia) reminded participating members of their target to deliver "clean" text on ten areas of the negotiations before the summer break. This, he said, will help keep the initiative on track to meet the expectations of...
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Trade Policy Review: Mongolia
The third review of the trade policies and practices of Mongolia takes place on 17 and 19 March 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Mongolia.
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Director-General concludes successful official visit to Nigeria
On the final day of her three-day visit to Nigeria, Director-General Okonjo-Iweala met with women entrepreneurs and representatives of small businesses to discuss the challenges facing these groups and the role the WTO can play to help them benefit from trade. Earlier in the week, she met with...
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DDG Wolff: Africa is a priority for the WTO
Speaking at a meeting of the Informal Working Party on the Accession of Sudan on 17 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said Africa's voice is increasingly prominent in the WTO. He stressed that the continent accounts for a substantial number of countries seeking to integrate into the global...
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United States appeals panel report regarding US duties on Korean products
The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 19 March of its decision to appeal 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). The panel report was circulated to WTO...
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WTO members hold March cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings
In the week-long cluster of meetings of the Negotiating Group on Rules held from 15 to 19 March, WTO members discussed the scope of new fisheries subsidies disciplines and provisions on subsidies contributing to overfishing and overcapacity. Members also discussed suggestions on enhancing the...
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