vrijdag 5 november 2021

WTO: WTO agriculture negotiations at “critical juncture”, Chair tells delegation heads

WTO agriculture negotiations at "critical juncture", Chair tells delegation heads
With less than five weeks until the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), due to take place from 30 November to 3 December, the agriculture negotiations are at "a critical juncture", the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica),...
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IMF, World Bank, WHO, WTO discuss acceleration of supply, deployment of COVID-19 vaccines
The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and the WTO met on 30 October in Rome to discuss strategies to accelerate the supply and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, especially in low— and lower-middle-income countries. Meeting on the margins of the G20...
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DDG Ellard cites the importance of business involvement in reinvigorating the WTO
Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard spoke on 2 November at the 35th Annual Conference of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on the need to adapt the WTO to modern economic realities. DDG Ellard stressed that the best way to repair the WTO is to achieve results in key areas of...
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DDG Zhang highlights importance of ITC-WTO collaboration for "positive trade outcomes"
Speaking at a meeting of the Joint Advisory Group of the International Trade Centre (ITC) on 2 November, Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang praised ITC for helping micro, small and medium-sized and women-owned enterprises expand their trading opportunities through a variety of projects,...
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WTO issues information briefs on trade, climate, related issues with COP26 talks underway
The WTO Secretariat has published five information briefs on trade, climate and related issues in support of efforts to harness trade policy as part of the solution for effective and just climate action.
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Exports of intermediate goods gain momentum in Q2 with 47% year-on-year increase
World exports of intermediate goods (IG), such as parts and components, rose by 47 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2021, according to a new WTO quarterly report released to help track the health of global supply chains. The increase sustains the upward trend in IG exports recorded in...
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Investment facilitation agreement negotiators advance work for MC12
WTO members taking part in the negotiations for an agreement on investment facilitation for development (IFD) have discussed their plans and expectations for the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held in Geneva on 30 November — 3 December. At a meeting on 2-3 November, participating...
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Participants make headway in finalizing negotiations on services domestic regulation at MC12
As negotiations on services domestic regulation move into their final stages, WTO members have submitted 24 schedules of services commitments — representing commitments from 50 members — the chair, Jaime Coghi (Costa Rica), told participants at a meeting on 4 November. Participants also continue to...
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China, US welcomed as new participants in trade and environmental sustainability talks
WTO members taking part in the new initiative on trade and environmental sustainability welcomed China and the United States as new co-sponsors for the discussions at their meeting on 4 November. Participants also expressed broad support for a draft ministerial statement that would set out future...
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LLDC ministers adopt declaration on trade-related priorities in run-up to MC12
Trade ministers from landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) adopted at a meeting at the WTO on 4 November a declaration outlining their trade priorities ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held at the end of November. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala underscored in her...
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