maandag 28 februari 2022

WTO: Investment facilitation negotiators take steps to assess needs of developing countries

Investment facilitation negotiators take steps to assess needs of developing countries
Participants in the investment facilitation negotiations agreed at a meeting on 14-15 February to establish a Working Group of international organizations working on investment facilitation, coordinated by the WTO Secretariat, to develop a Self-Assessment Guide to help developing and least...
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E-commerce negotiators seek to find common ground, revisit text proposals
At a meeting on 21 February, participants in the negotiations on electronic commerce received updates on the small group discussions and exchanged views on proposals relating to telecommunications services, access to online platforms and competition.
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EU initiates WTO dispute complaint regarding Chinese intellectual property enforcement
The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning alleged Chinese measures adversely affecting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The request was circulated to WTO members on 22 February.
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WTO members initiate membership talks for Turkmenistan
WTO members agreed at a meeting of the General Council on 23 February 2022 to initiate negotiations on the accession of Turkmenistan to the organization. Turkmenistan, a country in Central Asia with a population of about 6.2 million, is the last of the former Soviet republics to apply for WTO...
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Trade thoughts, from Geneva, by DDG Anabel González
One year of exporting COVID-19 vaccines: what does the evidence show?
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Members updated on progress to further integrate small economies into world trading system
At the General Council meeting of 23 February 2022, the Chair of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD), Ambassador Muhammad Mujtaba Piracha of Pakistan, outlined his efforts in working with members to advance the discussions under the WTO's Work Programme on Small Economies.
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WTO members agree on mid-June dates for reconvening MC12
WTO members agreed on 23 February that the postponed 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) will now take place during the week of 13 June in Geneva. The decision at a meeting of the organization's General Council was taken following the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in the host country...
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WTO chairpersons for 2022
The WTO General Council, on 24 February 2022, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies.
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WTO dispute panel to review Chinese complaint regarding Australian duties
WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 February to establish a dispute panel to examine China's complaint regarding anti-dumping and countervailing duties levied by Australia on various imported Chinese goods.
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WTO Gender Research Hub kicks off Think Up! series with discussion on trade finance gap
The WTO Gender Research Hub on 9 March will launch the first of a series of public discussions titled Think Up!, which aims to disseminate research findings on trade and women's empowerment. The first session will focus on findings regarding the trade finance gender gap and will highlight solutions...
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