dinsdag 20 juli 2021

WTO: Members discuss economic and trade impact of natural disasters on small economies

Members discuss economic and trade impact of natural disasters on small economies
The Committee on Trade and Development met on 6 July 2021 to discuss how trade policy and WTO rules can help small, vulnerable economies build resilience to natural disasters and accelerate recovery after such events.
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WTO members consider revised proposal for transparency reforms at Goods Council meeting
The WTO Goods Council discussed at its meeting on 8-9 July a revised proposal to enhance members' compliance with transparency obligations, one of the main pillars of the WTO system. The proponents presented the changes to their proposal and sought support as members prepare for the 12th...
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WTO issues joint indicative list of critical inputs for COVID-19 vaccines
The WTO Secretariat has published an indicative list compiling information on the critical inputs for the manufacturing, distributing and administering of COVID-19 vaccines. The list was jointly produced with the Asian Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes progress on investment facilitation
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed the headway towards an agreement made by participants in the negotiations on investment facilitation for development. Speaking on 13 July at a stocktaking and planning session organized by the group of participating members, DG Okonjo-Iweala stressed...
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WTO holds two-day workshop on SPS risk analysis
The WTO held on 12-13 July a virtual Workshop on Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Risk Communication in relation to food safety, animal and plant health. With over 1,000 registered participants, the workshop brought together a variety of speakers from the public and private sector, academia,...
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WTO issues new edition of World Tariff Profiles
The WTO issued today (14 July) the 2021 edition of World Tariff Profiles, a joint publication of the WTO, International Trade Centre and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The publication provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed...
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WTO members edge closer to fisheries subsidies agreement
WTO members edged closer today (15 July) to an agreement which would set new rules for the global fisheries industry and limit government subsidies contributing to unsustainable fishing and the depletion of global fish stocks.
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Members discuss possible work programme on sustainable agriculture and related issues
At a meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures on 15-16 July, WTO members discussed how to further enhance the implementation of the SPS Agreement in light of the opportunities and pressures created by the evolution of the global agricultural landscape. Some members...
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First virtual introductory trade policy course underway for poorest countries
A total of 34 officials from 12 least-developed countries are taking part in the WTO's first Virtual Introductory Trade Policy Course from 5 July to 6 August. The objective is to enhance participants' understanding and knowledge of WTO issues.
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WTO publishes list of bottlenecks and facilitating measures on critical COVID-19 products
The WTO Secretariat has issued an indicative list of trade-related bottlenecks and trade-facilitating measures on critical products to combat COVID-19, including inputs used in vaccine manufacturing, vaccine distribution and approval, therapeutics and pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical...
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