donderdag 29 april 2021

WTO: WTO members note further progress on Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation

WTO members note further progress on Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation
WTO members discussed the latest progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 22-23 April meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. An update on the rate of implementation of TFA commitments and on members' technical assistance needs was provided by the WTO...
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"Easter text" to facilitate negotiations for an investment facilitation agreement
WTO members taking part in the negotiations on investment facilitation for development agreed on consolidating into one single document the draft provisions of a future agreement. At a new round of negotiations on 19 and 23 April, delegations started working on the so-called Easter text, with a...
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Seminar to map evolving and diversifying links between IP and competition policy
A virtual seminar organized by the WTO for 29 April 2021 will address the interaction of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) with competition policy. The seminar is part of a series of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the TRIPS Agreement, and...
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WTO saddened by passing of former Deputy Director-General Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza
Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza died in Geneva on Sunday 25 April. He was a senior member of former WTO Director-General Mike Moore's management team from 1999 to 2002.
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Morocco launches safeguard investigation on street lights
On 26 April 2021, Morocco notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 23 April 2021 a safeguard investigation on street lights.
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WTO examines progress in landlocked developing countries' trade performance
The participation of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in world trade has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report by the WTO Secretariat finds. Submitted to the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and...
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Trade Policy Review: Viet Nam
The second review of the trade policies and practices of Viet Nam takes place on 27 and 29 April 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Viet Nam.
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Future of special treatment for developing countries talks lies in members' hands — chair
WTO members sought on 27 April to advance discussions on ten Agreement-specific proposals tabled by a large group of WTO developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) which would operationalize existing special and differential provisions and make them more precise and effective. The...
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Members consider requests for dispute panels from Australia, Malaysia
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 April, WTO members considered two requests for the establishment of dispute panels: one from Australia regarding Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Australian barley; and the second from Malaysia concerning European Union...
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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 28 April 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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