woensdag 15 december 2021

WTO: DDG Zhang stresses importance of small business, blue economy for small island states

DDG Zhang stresses importance of small business, blue economy for small island states
Small businesses and the ocean economy can help small island developing states (SIDS) recover from COVID-19 and achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang said at a workshop on 9 December. He encouraged SIDS to use the policy tools for small businesses developed at the WTO and highlighted how domestic reforms could allow SIDS to tap into the full potential of the ocean economy. The workshop was hosted by the University of Mauritius, a member of the WTO Chairs Programme. DDG Zhang's full remarks are below.
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High-Level Forum marks 20 years of China's WTO membership
A High-Level Forum co-organized by the WTO Secretariat and the Permanent Mission of China on 10 December marked China's 20th anniversary of WTO membership. The event highlighted the significance of China's accession for the multilateral trading system and discussed China's participation in the work of the organization.
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Chair of fisheries subsidies negotiations outlines next steps for work in the new year
Fisheries subsidies negotiations aim to conclude as quickly as possible in the new year, the chair of the negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia reported on 10 December following consultations held in the wake of the postponement of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). Work will continue in January to refine the draft fisheries subsidies agreement for ministers' consideration.
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20 Years of China's WTO Membership: Integration & Development — High-level Opening session (virtual)
Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala
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WTO circulates panel reports in dispute complaints targeting Indian sugar subsidies
On 9 December the WTO circulated the panel reports in the cases brought by Brazil, Australia and Guatemala in " India — Measures Concerning Sugar and Sugarcane" (DS579, DS580, DS581).
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DDG Ellard discusses trends in global trade, WTO reform
In her remarks to the Asia House Global Trade Dialogue on 14 December, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard highlighted the work underway at the WTO to address the major shift in global trade to a digital and environmentally sustainable economy.
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E-commerce co-convenors welcome substantial progress in negotiations
Ministers of Australia, Japan and Singapore — co-convenors of WTO e-commerce negotiations — have welcomed the substantial progress made in the initiative in a statement issued on 14 December.
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Launch event of ministerial statements on trade, environment and sustainable development
Keynote Address by WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Launch event of ministerial statements on trade, environment and sustainable development
Remarks by Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam
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New initiatives seek to put environment at heart of trade discussions
Co-sponsors of three new environmental initiatives met jointly on 15 December and vowed to put environmental concerns at the heart of future trade discussions. WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joined ministers from the initiative co-coordinators, heads of international organizations and representatives from business and civil society groups in welcoming the initiatives.
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