woensdag 17 november 2021

WTO: WTO members approve 2022-23 technical assistance priorities for developing countries

WTO members approve 2022-23 technical assistance priorities for developing countries
WTO members approved on 10 November the Technical Assistance and Training Plan for 2022-23 outlining the WTO's Secretariat strategy for providing training activities for government officials from developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). The objective of the plan is to help these...
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First online Regional Trade Policy Course for Latin America concludes
The WTO's first online Regional Trade Policy Course (eRTPC) for Latin American members concluded on 12 November. Twenty-three government officials representing ten WTO members attended the 14-week training activity, which began on 9 August. The course covered the WTO agreements and other...
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Members agree on workplan for standards and regulations committee for next three years
Discussions on pandemic preparedness, climate change and plastics pollution are included in the workplan agreed by WTO members at a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on 10-12 November. The workplan is part of the Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement. Members also...
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DDG Gonzalez highlights benefits of global value chains for LDCs
In remarks delivered to a webinar organized by Duke University on 15 November, Deputy Director-General Anabel Gonzalez highlighted the "double dividend" for least developed countries (LDCs) from participating in global value chains. The dividends include allowing the most productive LDC firms to...
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Chair set to introduce revised agriculture negotiation text
The chair of the WTO's agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta, told heads of delegations at a meeting on 15 November that she plans to circulate a revised draft negotiation text as soon as possible. She will also present her report to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 19...
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DDG Ellard highlights recent trade remedy trends, importance of concluding fisheries talks
In her virtual address to the Seoul Trade Remedies Forum 2021 on 15 November, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard addressed trends in trade remedies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and noted an increase in the number of anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2020. She...
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Vulnerabilities, resilience in global trading system examined in World Trade Report 2021
The 2021 edition of the WTO's World Trade Report examines why the interconnected global trading system is both vulnerable and resilient to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, how it can help countries to be more economically resilient to shocks, and what can be done to make the system better...
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New publication examines global value chain resilience, shift beyond manufacturing sector
Global value chains (GVCs) have proven to be resilient in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as environmental and geopolitical shocks according to a new report co-published by the WTO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and three other institutions on 16 November. The...
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Trade Policy Review: Oman
The third review of the trade policies and practices of Oman takes place on 17 and 19 November 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Oman.
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WTO and Kazakhstan host Trade for Peace Week 2021 with focus on trade and global security
The Government of Kazakhstan and the WTO are jointly hosting on 15-19 November the second edition of the Trade for Peace Week. The event kickstarted with a high-level session bringing fresh perspectives to the linkages between trade and security, drawing from the expertise of senior officials,...
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