maandag 10 mei 2021

WTO: Members welcome ongoing efforts to monitor trade-related measures during COVID-19 crisis

Members welcome ongoing efforts to monitor trade-related measures during COVID-19 crisis
At the formal meeting of the Committee on Market Access on 29-30 April, WTO members underlined the ongoing efforts to promote greater transparency in the communication and notification of trade measures related to COVID-19. Members also heard a presentation by the World Customs Organization (WCO)...
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Working group on small business discusses roadmap to MC12 and explores new topics
At a meeting of the Informal Working Group on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), held on 4 May, WTO members discussed what the Group aims to deliver at the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) and explored new topics to help small business benefit from international trade. The Group...
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EIF launches policy briefs to develop trade opportunities for least-developed countries
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) released on 4 May three policy briefs recommending actions to boost the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in international trade. The briefs look at integrating trade into sustainable development strategies, using tourism to support recovery...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala underlines urgent need to address equitable access to vaccines
WTO members must respond urgently to the need for a multilateral solution to ensure equitable access to vaccines worldwide, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala declared on 5 May, describing it as the "moral and economic issue of our time". The WTO chief made her remarks at a meeting of the...
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General Council
Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala on the IP waiver
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WTO opens online registration for 2021 Public Forum
Online registration for the 2021 Public Forum is now open. The main theme for this year's Forum, which will be held from 28 to 30 September, is "Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience".
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Trade and public health, fish subsidies and LDC concerns in General Council spotlight
Ensuring access to essential medical goods during a pandemic, securing a global deal on prohibiting harmful fisheries subsidies and addressing the concerns of "graduating" least developed countries were among the topics discussed at the 5-6 May meeting of the WTO's General Council. Members also...
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Statement of Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on USTR Tai's statement on the TRIPS waiver
"I read with interest the statement made yesterday by USTR Katherine Tai and I warmly welcome her willingness to engage with proponents of a temporary waiver of the TRIPS Agreement to help in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. As I told the General Council yesterday, we need to respond urgently to...
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Seminar to explore links between TRIPS and health technology dissemination
A panel of leading experts will explore on 12 May the impact of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on health technology diffusion over the past 25 years and its role in the broader ecosystem that is required to support innovation and equitable access to...
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New booklet highlights key results of 2020 work on standards and regulations
The WTO has launched a new booklet highlighting ten key results from the latest annual review of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. The booklet outlines how WTO members are implementing the Agreement.
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