maandag 15 november 2021

WTO: Members discuss MC12 SPS Declaration, agree on schedule for thematic work in 2022

Members discuss MC12 SPS Declaration, agree on schedule for thematic work in 2022
At a meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures held on 3-5 November, members discussed a paper on new opportunities and emerging challenges in international trade in food, animals and plants submitted to support the proposed SPS Declaration for the WTO's 12th Ministerial...
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DDG Paugam highlights MC12 expectations for WTO at EU Parliament event
The WTO needs to provide clear signals at its upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) that it can move forward and stay relevant, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam told European Union parliamentarians and other stakeholders at the EU Parliament Committee on International Trade's annual...
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Negotiations on e-commerce advance, eyeing a statement at MC12
The co-convenors of the negotiations on e-commerce — Australia, Japan and Singapore — said at a meeting on 10 November they plan to issue a statement on behalf of the participating members to take stock of the work achieved so far. The statement, to be issued at the 12th Ministerial Conference...
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DDG Zhang stresses role of trade in advancing development and facilitating peace
The WTO accession process can help to address the technology gap between least-developed countries (LDCs) and fragile and conflict-affected states (FCSs) and more developed economies, said Deputy Director-General Zhang. Speaking at a session of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum...
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Event looks at how to mitigate impact of rising shipping rates on trade flows
The constraints faced by WTO economies due to recent spikes in shipping costs was the focus of intensive discussions on 10 November between WTO delegates, academics and representatives from the private sector.
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Roundtable explores impact of fisheries subsidies negotiations in Latin America
On 10 November, a roundtable organized jointly by the WTO and El Colegio de México examined the impact that a possible agreement in the negotiations on fisheries subsidies would have on Latin America. The event, attended by numerous experts, provided an opportunity to discuss the diplomatic...
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"Development issues should be at the heart of work at the WTO"— DG Okonjo-Iweala
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala highlighted the key role that trade plays in economic development during a meeting of the WTO's Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) on 10 November. She stressed that development is a priority for the WTO and that the CTD plays an important role in...
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Brazil initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU measures on poultry imports
Brazil has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding EU measures impacting the importation of certain poultry meat preparations from Brazil. The request was circulated to WTO members on 11 November.
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LDC members exchange views, experiences on impact of graduation
Representatives from the WTO's least developed countries (LDCs) exchanged views and experiences on the impact of graduation from LDC status at an event held on 10-11 November. In her address to the event, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala stressed that "the interests of graduating LDCs, and...
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Goods Barometer points to slowing trade growth due to disruptions in critical sectors
Following its sharp rebound from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, global merchandise trade is slowing, with production and supply disruptions in critical sectors dampening growth alongside cooling import demand, according to the WTO's latest Goods Trade Barometer issued on 15 November.
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