vrijdag 18 juni 2021

WTO: Participants in services regulation talks outline steps taken to implement new disciplines

Participants in services regulation talks outline steps taken to implement new disciplines
Brazil, China, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom presented how they are implementing services domestic regulation disciplines at the national level at a virtual meeting of the negotiations on services domestic regulation on 10 June. Participants also welcomed the UK's draft schedule of commitments,...
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WTO members consider how to monitor Aid for Trade for 2022 Global Review
WTO members had a first exchange on 11 June on how to monitor Aid for Trade ahead of next year's Global Review. The discussions at the Committee on Trade and Development were informed by a 10 June workshop on the circular economy. The committee also received updates from donors, international...
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WTO members urged to hasten towards fisheries subsidies compromise in stocktaking meeting
WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies have progressed ahead of the 15 July meeting of ministers, but gaps remain and much is left to be done to secure an agreement, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, told heads of delegations on 14 June. Members would do well to demonstrate flexibility in...
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Japan initiates WTO dispute complaint against Chinese steel duties
Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning anti-dumping measures imposed by China on certain stainless steel products from Japan. The request was circulated to WTO members on 15 June.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes resolution in US-EU aircraft subsidy disputes
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued a statement on 15 June in response to the announcement by the European Union and the United States regarding their WTO disputes over subsidies for large civil aircraft.
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EU donates EUR 1 million to enhance developing countries' negotiating skill-set
The European Union has contributed EUR 1 million (just over CHF 1 million) over the period 2021-2022 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's Global Trust Fund will finance training and other...
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DDG Zhang highlights role of trade in promoting security, peace and development
Trade plays a key role in producing economic opportunities, helping to create employment and strengthening institutions, which are indispensable factors for lasting peace and stability, Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang said on 17 June. Speaking at the launch of the Global Peace Index 2021,...
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Canada pledges CAD 193,000 for food, animal and plant health standards
Canada is contributing CAD 193,000 (approximately CHF 111,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in 2021 to help developing countries comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards and access agricultural markets more easily. The donation will help...
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Investment facilitation talks advance, delve into implementation and technical assistance
Participants in the discussions on investment facilitation for development (IFD) continued to make progress in negotiating a future agreement. At a new round of meetings on 16-17 June, which saw a high level of engagement, delegations also participated in a dedicated session on implementation,...
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WTO launches call for MSME stories on "Building resilience through trade during COVID-19"
The WTO is inviting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to share their business experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and tell us how trade has helped them combat the crisis. Selected stories will be featured during the WTO Public Forum entitled "Trade beyond COVID-19: Building...
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