vrijdag 21 mei 2021

WTO: Participants in services domestic regulation talks share national practices

Participants in services domestic regulation talks share national practices
WTO members participating in the negotiations on services domestic regulation shared how they are implementing disciplines at the national level when they met virtually on 10 May. The objective of the talks is to increase transparency and predictability of authorization procedures to reduce the...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala talks COVID response, recovery with Italian officials
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala met with senior Italian leaders — including Prime Minister Mario Draghi — on 9-10 May to discuss the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the role the WTO can play in accelerating economic recovery.
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Fishing subsidies negotiations chair introduces new text in run-up to July ministerial
The chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, introduced on 11 May a new draft text aimed at bringing members closer to agreement ahead of the 15 July meeting of ministers. The text is based on members' collective work and proposes landing zones to curb...
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Productive new negotiating round for an investment facilitation agreement
At a negotiating meeting of the structured discussions on investment facilitation for development on 11-12 May, participating members made good progress, with a view to achieving a concrete outcome at the 12th Ministerial Conference at the end of the year. Delegations addressed a number of...
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Bolivia outlines vaccine import needs in use of WTO flexibilities to tackle pandemic
The government of Bolivia has formally notified the WTO of the country's need to import COVID-19 vaccines, taking another step towards using flexibilities in WTO intellectual property rules as part of its pandemic response.
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Webinar to explore perspectives on access to medical technologies
A panel of leading experts from government, industry, civil society, academia and intergovernmental organizations will explore the different perspectives on access to medical technologies over the past 25 years at a webinar on 19 May 2021. The event forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th...
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WTO launches first online Regional Trade Policy Course for Africa
A total of 26 government officials from 16 WTO members and observers are attending the WTO's first online Regional Trade Policy Course for English-speaking African countries taking place from 17 May to 20 August. The objective is to extend participants' expertise on the multilateral trading system...
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WTO members look to MC12 outcome on trade finance
Speaking at a meeting of the Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance on 17 May, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala encouraged WTO members to build on their discussions to develop a trade finance work programme in the run-up to the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). She emphasized the importance...
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Trade Policy Review: Kyrgyz Republic
The third review of the trade policies and practices of the Kyrgyz Republic takes place on 18 and 20 May 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
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Webinar examines challenges, opportunities in the use of trade preferences
WTO members exchanged views with public and private sector experts on the growing challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the use of trade preferences, with a particular focus on product origin requirements. The discussion took place at a webinar entitled "What Drives the Utilization of...
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