donderdag 2 december 2021

WTO: Agriculture negotiators discuss revised draft text

Agriculture negotiators discuss revised draft text
At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 25 November, WTO negotiators discussed the revised draft negotiating text circulated on 23 November by the chair, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica). The objective of the meeting, the chair underlined, was to hear...
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Advanced global workshop on Government Procurement Agreement concludes
Close to 130 government officials from 45 WTO members and observers improved their expertise on various aspects of the plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) at the 2021 Advanced Global e-Workshop on the GPA held virtually from 25 October to 26 November 2021. Improving the...
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Members review requests for panels on Russian procurement measures, Dominican duties
WTO members considered two requests for dispute panels at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 29 November. The European Union requested a panel to examine Russian measures affecting EU access to commercial procurement by state-related entities, while Costa Rica requested a panel to...
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WTO members support maintaining momentum of discussions on common IP COVID-19 response
At a formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 29 November, members expressed unanimous support for maintaining the momentum of the discussions on a common intellectual property (IP) response to COVID-19. Following the decision to postpone...
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More than two-thirds of WTO membership now part of investment facilitation negotiations
The announcement by eight WTO members of their decision to join the negotiations for an Agreement on Investment Facilitation for Development brings the number of participants to over 110. The decision by Albania, Georgia, the Maldives, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Uganda and Zimbabwe...
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DDG Ellard cites importance of business engagement with the WTO
Speaking on 1 December at the launch event of the Business Coalition for Trade, Employment & Sustainable Development, organised by the International Organisation of Employers, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the role of international trade in the economic recovery from COVID-19. She...
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Working group on small business launches Trade4MSMEs platform
The Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) on 2 December launched the Trade4MSMEs platform, a tool aimed at helping small companies find trade-related information that improves their ability to trade internationally. The platform will also help policymakers...
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Winners of "Digital Champions for Small Business" announced
Four winners of the "Digital Champions for Small Business" initiative were announced today (2 December) at an event organized by the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). ...
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Negotiations on services domestic regulation conclude successfully in Geneva
Heads of Geneva delegations from the 67 WTO members participating in the Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation announced on 2 December the successful conclusion of negotiations aimed at slashing administrative costs and creating a more transparent operating environment for service...
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Lao PDR joins information technology agreements
The Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) has become a new participant of both the WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA Expansion (ITA II), making it the first least developed country to join these agreements.
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