vrijdag 16 april 2021

WTO: WTO launches call for proposals for 2021 Public Forum

WTO launches call for proposals for 2021 Public Forum
The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year's Public Forum, whose theme is "Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience". Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 28 to 30 September, are invited to submit their proposals by 7 June 2021.
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Negotiating Group on Rules — Fisheries Subsidies: Plenary meeting at the level of Heads of Delegation
Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala
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DG calls on WTO members to narrow remaining gaps in fisheries subsidies negotiations
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 12 April urged heads of WTO delegations to stay engaged in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and aim to reach an agreement by July. The talks have reached a considerable degree of maturity, and members should make the compromises necessary to get to the...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala: Equitable vaccine access key to sustained recovery for growth and trade
In meetings in Washington, D.C. last week, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General, made the case that equitable worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines is necessary for economic growth and trade to bounce back from the pandemic, and that a reinvigorated multilateral trading system would...
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Trade Policy Review: Tonga
The second review of the trade policies and practices of Tonga takes place on 14 and 16 April 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Tonga.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala calls for follow-up action after WTO vaccine equity event
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today (14 April) called on WTO members, vaccine manufacturers and international organizations to act to address trade-related obstacles to the scale-up of COVID-19 vaccine production to save lives, hasten the end of the pandemic and accelerate the global...
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Chair Summary following "COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?"
DG Okonjo-Iweala provided this summary at the end of the event.
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Participants in talks on services domestic regulation share implementation experiences
At a virtual meeting held on 14 April 2021, WTO members participating in the negotiations on services domestic regulation shared how they have implemented disciplines at the national level. The chair of the negotiations, Jaime Coghi of Costa Rica, and a number of delegations also provided updates...
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Virtual seminar to explore TRIPS and trade in knowledge
The WTO is organizing a virtual seminar on 20 April 2021 to explore the burgeoning trade in knowledge within the framework of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The webinar is part of a series of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the TRIPS...
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Dates fixed for WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference
The WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place from 30 November to 3 December 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland, the chair of the organization's General Council confirmed on 16 April.
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