vrijdag 11 juni 2021

WTO: Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on ceramic tiles

Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on ceramic tiles
On 4 June 2021, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 June 2021 a safeguard investigation on ceramic tiles.
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WTO opens NGO accreditation for Geneva Ministerial Conference
The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the 12th Ministerial Conference, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 November to 3 December 2021.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes President Kaljulaid of Estonia to the WTO
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to the WTO on 7 June. The two discussed the state of play of trade negotiations at the WTO, the challenges ahead of the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference and the importance of empowering women in trade.
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High time for global rules on fishing subsidies, the DG and Chair declare on Ocean Day
Marking World Ocean Day on 8 June, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, and Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, called on WTO members to deliver a long-awaited agreement to curb funding for harmful fishing. The opportunity to find compromise...
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Technical assistance report highlights positive impact of 2020 activities despite COVID-19
The WTO's Technical Assistance Annual Report, released on 8 June, reveals how WTO capacity-building support continued to be provided to government officials from developing and least-developed countries in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTO's programmes have helped beneficiaries to...
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Members discuss COVID-19, climate change, digital issues at review of standards agreement
At a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on 2-4 and 9 June, WTO members discussed 20 proposals submitted under the Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement. The review will now move to a second phase, with the preparation of a draft report based on the 31 proposals received....
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Members approach text-based discussions for an urgent IP response to COVID-19
WTO members moved closer to a text-based process to address the proposals put forward by delegations aimed at improving the international response to COVID-19 and achieving the common goal of providing global equitable access to vaccines and other medical products. At the formal meeting of the...
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The Director-General welcomes the Head of Government of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Mechichi, to the WTO
On 9 June, the Director-General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, welcomed the Head of Government of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Hichem Mechichi, to the WTO. Discussions focused on access to and production capacity for vaccines, challenges in the run up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, and the importance of...
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Finland gives EUR 1,025,000 to deepen developing countries' participation in trading system
The government of Finland is contributing EUR 1,025,000 (over CHF 1,100,000) in 2021 and 2022 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) advance their expertise across various trade-related areas and ramp up their participation in multilateral trade negotiations. Finland's...
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on sodium hypochlorite
On 11 June 2021, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 27 May 2021 a safeguard investigation on sodium hypochlorite.
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