maandag 31 mei 2021

WTO: E-commerce negotiations advance, delve deeper into data issues

E-commerce negotiations advance, delve deeper into data issues
At a meeting on e-commerce negotiations held on 20 May, co-convenor Ambassador George Mina (Australia) urged WTO members to move the work of the small groups to a phase of "stronger and more intensified convergence". He said that the time left between now and the 12th Ministerial Conference is...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala calls on WTO members to tackle vaccine inequity
Speaking to G20 leaders and the heads of international organizations on 21 May, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said WTO members could contribute to greater equity in the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by lowering supply chain barriers, fully using existing production capacity, and...
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Webinar to address delivery of medical technologies, vaccines to their final destination
A panel of experts will explore on 26 May 2021 the factors determining the successful delivery of medical technologies and vaccines to their final destination. The webinar will discuss the lessons learned so far and will consider how to undertake a practical and forward-looking approach. The event...
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WTO panel issues report in Canada-Australia wine dispute
On 25 May the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Australia in "Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine" (DS537).
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WTO introduces the General Council ePortal
A new e-portal and search engine will make it easier to access documents on the deliberations that have taken place within the General Council, the WTO's top decision-making body in Geneva.
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Customs Valuation Committee sees encouraging increase in notification activity
At the meeting of the Committee on Customs Valuation on 27 May 2021, WTO members noted encouraging progress on customs legislation notifications over the past few months. Members also advanced work on preshipment inspection (PSI), with a view to concluding the fifth triennial review of the PSI...
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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 May 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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Panels established to review Chinese barley duties, EU palm oil measures
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 May, WTO members agreed to the establishment of two new dispute panels: one at the request of Australia regarding Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Australian barley; and the second at the request of Malaysia concerning...
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Goods barometer reveals strength of trade recovery, depth of COVID-19 shock
Global merchandise trade is continuing to recover in 2021 following a steep but brief pandemic-induced drop in the second quarter of last year, according to the latest WTO Goods Trade Barometer released on 28 May.
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Webinar to explore role of regulatory cooperation in easing access to medical technologies
On 2 June 2021, a panel of experts will discuss regulatory cooperation and its role in facilitating access to medical technologies, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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