donderdag 6 januari 2022

WTO: Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to support developing countries’ participation in trade talks

Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to support developing countries' participation in trade talks
Liechtenstein has contributed CHF 40,000 in 2021 to help developing countries and least-developed countries participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's Global Trust Fund will finance trade-related training and other capacity-building activities for government...
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Members continue discussions on IP COVID-19 response as high-level engagement intensifies
WTO members agreed to continue their discussions on a common intellectual property (IP) response to COVID-19 amid the ongoing high-level political dialogue aimed at finding a consensus-based outcome. At a formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...
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WTO updates note on trade in medical goods in the context of COVID-19
The WTO Secretariat has published an update of the information note on trade in medical goods in the context of tackling COVID-19, which was first issued in April 2020, a few months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. The update looks at developments in the first half of 2021.
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DDG Ellard: WTO is taking action to make trade work for women
In her keynote speech to the WTO Chairs Programme webinar "Inclusive Trade: Legal and Economic Perspectives on Gender and Employment" on 17 December, Deputy-Director General Angela Ellard discussed ways in which trade policy can contribute to women's economic empowerment. She underlined recent...
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 20 December 2021, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an "airgram".
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WTO panels to review Russian procurement measures, Dominican duties
The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body agreed at its meeting on 20 December to establish two new dispute panels. The first, at the request of the European Union, will examine Russian measures affecting EU access to commercial procurement by state— related entities. The second, at the request of Costa...
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Merchandise trade volume declined in Q3 while trade values continued to rise
The volume of world merchandise trade fell 0.8% in the third quarter of 2021 after four consecutive quarters of strong expansion, as supply chain disruptions, shortages of production inputs and rising COVID-19 cases weighed on trade growth.
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Applications now open for WIPO—WTO advanced course on intellectual property
The Secretariats of the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold an advanced course on intellectual property (IP) in a virtual format for government officials from 28 March to 8 April 2022. The deadline to submit applications is 31 January 2022.
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International organizations discuss how to improve access to COVID vaccines, countermeasures
The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization held on 17 December high-level consultations with UNICEF and Gavi aimed at increasing access to COVID-19-related vaccines and other critical medical countermeasures in low— and...
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Peru launches safeguard investigation on clothing
On 3 January 2022, Peru notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 24 December 2021 a safeguard investigation on clothing.
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