dinsdag 2 november 2021

WTO: Members review safeguard actions, address increased use of measures

Members review safeguard actions, address increased use of measures
During the biannual meeting of the Committee on Safeguards on 25 October, WTO members reviewed safeguard actions taken by fellow members with regard to more than 30 investigations. Several members again reiterated their general concern with the large number of safeguard actions taken and called on...
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Members review subsidies and countervailing measures, call for enhanced transparency
At a meeting of the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures on 26 October, the Chair of the Committee, Ms. Noriko Teranishi (Japan), stressed that transparency is fundamentally important for the work of the Committee and emphasized that WTO members' poor compliance rate with notification...
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Trade Dialogues event looks at role of trade in supporting climate action
At a Trade Dialogues session held on 26 October, key stakeholders, including business representatives and non-governmental organisations, discussed how to mainstream trade into climate policy and how trade opening and sustainable investment can support net zero strategies for carbon dioxide...
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DDG Ellard encourages OACPS members to intensify efforts to bridge gaps in run-up to MC12
Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard participated on 28 October in a virtual meeting of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) trade ministers dedicated to preparations for the WTO's upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). Speaking on behalf of Director-General...
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DDG González: Trade is a source of resilience in times of crisis
Speaking at an event on 29 October hosted by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Deputy Director-General Anabel González highlighted the importance of trade as a source of resilience, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTO has played a...
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Members report on progress in finding landing zones in fisheries subsidies negotiations
Heads of delegations on 29 October reported progress in their bilateral and small group discussions on fisheries subsidies ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), with many noting a broad willingness across the membership to explore solutions to bridge differing positions.
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Uzbekistan stresses determination to accelerate WTO accession negotiations
A WTO Secretariat team, led by Deputy Director-General Zhang Xiangchen, visited Tashkent from 26 to 30 October for a series of meetings concerning Uzbekistan's bid for WTO membership. High-level discussions were held with Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investment and...
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DDG Ellard calls on Arab ministers to intensify engagement ahead of MC12
Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard participated on 31 October in the Preparatory Meeting of the Arab Trade Ministers for MC12. Speaking on behalf of Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, she called on ministers to fully and proactively engage in the process to ensure a successful 12th...
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WTO members review three RTAs, receive update on Transparency Mechanism
WTO members reviewed European Union-Viet Nam, United States-Canada-Mexico, and Australia-Indonesia trade agreements at a meeting of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA) on 1 November 2021. The Chair of the Committee, Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu (Kenya), updated members on the Committee's...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala highlights trade's role in ambitious and just climate action at COP26
Trade can and must make a contribution to a comprehensive climate action agenda, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala declared in her engagements with world leaders and stakeholders at the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, highlighting the need for ambitious yet fair...
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