dinsdag 29 juni 2021

WTO: Chair to explore potential next steps on special treatment for developing countries talks

Chair to explore potential next steps on special treatment for developing countries talks
The ten Agreement-specific proposals for special and differential treatment tabled by the G90 group of developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) continue to divide the WTO membership, the chair of the Committee on Trade and Development's negotiating body, Ambassador Kadra Ahmed Hassan of...
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Plastics pollution dialogue advances discussions, eyeing MC12 outcome
WTO members participating in the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade (IDP) discussed on 21 June how the WTO can contribute to strengthening policy coherence, exploring collective approaches among WTO members and improving technical assistance to...
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Working group on small business reviews draft ministerial declaration
At a meeting of the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), held on 24 June, WTO members discussed a draft ministerial declaration, a key element in the Group's preparations for the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). They also looked at implementation of...
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EIF Annual Report highlights resilience of poorest countries despite COVID-19 crisis
The 2020 Annual Report of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), released on 24 June, reveals that EIF projects carried out in least-developed countries (LDCs) have helped to support economic resilience despite the challenges caused by COVID-19. The EIF contributed to 37 projects in LDCs in 2020,...
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Call for proposals for "Digital Champions for Small Business" initiative
The "Digital Champions for Small Business " initiative was launched today (25 June 2021) at a joint event hosted by the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The aim of the...
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WTO report: Trade policy restraint prevented destructive acceleration of protectionism
Trade policy restraint by G20 economies, as well as WTO members more broadly, prevented a destructive acceleration of protectionist trade measures that would have further hurt the world economy, according to the WTO's latest Trade Monitoring Report. But WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala...
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Members consider Canadian request for panel review of Chinese canola seed measures
At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 June, WTO members considered a request from Canada for the establishment of a WTO dispute panel to examine measures in China affecting the import of canola seed from Canada.
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New Zealand donates CHF 50,000 to help LDCs take part in Ministerial Conference
New Zealand is contributing CHF 50,000 to help the least-developed countries (LDCs) within the WTO membership participate in the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12), which will take place the week of 29 November 2021 in Geneva.
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Australia initiates WTO dispute complaint against Chinese wine duties
Australia has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures imposed by China on imports of bottled wine from Australia. The request was circulated to WTO members on 28 June.
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WTO announces winners of John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition
The WTO co-hosted the final round of the 19th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, which took place on 22-27 June. Sri Lanka's University of Colombo emerged as the winner of the competition, while Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was the runner-up.
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