vrijdag 2 juli 2021

WTO: Chair highlights key challenges as agriculture talks enter critical phase

Chair highlights key challenges as agriculture talks enter critical phase
The Chair of the agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica), has issued a new report outlining the contours of a possible deal on agricultural trade in the run-up to the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in late November. Trade negotiators mostly welcomed her...
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WTO technical symposium feeds into continuing efforts to deal with COVID-19 pandemic
The WTO held a technical symposium on 29 June 2021 to address the main challenges to vaccine supply chain and regulatory transparency in the context of COVID-19. Representatives of the medical and pharmaceutical industry, international organizations and the WTO Secretariat explored new ways to...
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WTO members agree to extend TRIPS transition period for LDCs until 1 July 2034
WTO members agreed to extend until 1 July 2034 the deadline for least developed countries (LDCs) to protect intellectual property under the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Members reached consensus on the 13-year extension of the current transition...
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China initiates WTO dispute complaint against Australian dumping, subsidy duties
China has requested WTO dispute consultations with Australia regarding anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures imposed by Australia on imports of wind towers, deep drawn stainless steel sinks and railway wheels from China. The request was circulated to WTO members on 29 June.
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Germany pledges EUR 150,000 to help developing countries meet farm trade standards
Germany is pledging EUR 150,000 (approximately CHF 164,000) in 2021 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate more actively in agricultural trade. This grant to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) aims to support developing countries in complying with...
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Negotiating Group on Rules — Fisheries subsidies meeting at heads of delegation level to present revised chair text
Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala
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Chair introduces revised fishing subsidies text to facilitate 15 July ministerial meeting
To facilitate discussions ahead of the 15 July meeting of ministers, the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, introduced on 30 June a revised draft text. He and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, said the proposed changes in the text are...
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WTO issues new update on trade in medical goods in the context of COVID-19
The WTO Secretariat has published a further update of its information note on trade in medical goods in the context of tackling COVID-19. The update provides figures on trade in medical goods covering all of 2020.
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WTO issues new update on trade in medical goods in the context of COVID-19
The WTO Secretariat has published a further update of its information note on trade in medical goods in the context of tackling COVID-19. The update provides figures on trade in medical goods covering all of 2020.
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Improving trade data for COVID-19 products key to better response policies: WTO
Improving trade data on products needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic — including vaccines and their components — is key to ensuring that the right policies are in place to facilitate their distribution, according to a new information note issued by the WTO Secretariat on 1 July.
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