dinsdag 4 mei 2021

WTO: Members review safeguard actions, discuss increased use

Members review safeguard actions, discuss increased use
At the biannual meeting of the WTO's Committee on Safeguards on 26 April, WTO members reviewed a large number of safeguard actions taken by fellow members. Several members also reiterated their concern with the increased use, in general, of this trade-defence tool in recent years.
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Members express concerns on lack of transparency at WTO subsidies committee meeting
Missing notifications from WTO members outlining the subsidies they give to their enterprises continues to be an irritant in discussions in the WTO's Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM). In a meeting on 27 April, the chair of the committee, Erik Solberg of Norway, once again...
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Committee reviews latest notifications on WTO members' anti-dumping actions
The WTO's Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices met on 28 April to review members' latest notifications of new or amended anti-dumping laws and regulations and reports on anti-dumping actions.
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Farm talks chair calls for increased efforts to prepare for first draft negotiating text
The chair of WTO agriculture negotiations Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica) urged members at meetings on 23 and 28 April to determine the level of ambition and priority elements that would shape the chair's first draft negotiating text so it can be circulated before the summer recess...
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TRIPS Council to continue to discuss temporary IP waiver, revised proposal expected in May
At a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 30 April 2021, WTO members agreed to continue consideration of the proposal for a temporary waiver of certain TRIPS obligations in response to COVID-19 and tasked the chair to report to the General...
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New WTO database details impact of regulatory barriers, other factors on costs to trade
Trade policy barriers such as tariffs and regulations account for at least 14 per cent of trade costs according to estimates from the WTO Trade Cost Index launched on 30 April. The index measures the cost of trading internationally relative to trading domestically, finding that the costs to export...
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WTO launches Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health with special focus on COVID-19
The WTO, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), launched on 3 May 2021 its first Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Members discuss contours of potential MC12 deliverables
Heads of WTO member delegations today exchanged views about issues on which they can realistically reach agreements in the run-up to the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) later this year, and what needs to happen to make such deals possible. Fisheries subsidies, agriculture and the COVID-19...
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[email protected] webinar: Leading economists to explore the economics of IP and trade
A panel of leading international economists will explore the evolving relationship between the intellectual property (IP) system and international trade at a virtual seminar organized by the WTO for 4 May 2021. The webinar forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the WTO...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala announces her four Deputy Directors-General
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today (4 May) announced the appointment of Angela Ellard of the United States, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China as her four Deputy Directors-General.
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