maandag 14 februari 2022

WTO: Members note work in three environment initiatives and discuss anti-deforestation efforts

Members note work in three environment initiatives and discuss anti-deforestation efforts
At the 2 February meeting of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE), WTO members received briefings on the three new environmental initiatives launched on 15 December 2021 at the WTO. Members also discussed in-depth the respective efforts of the European Union and the United Kingdom to...
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Second meeting of Latin American National Trade Facilitation Committees concludes
Almost 200 government officials and experts from 17 countries participated in the Second Latin American Meeting of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFC) held on 1 — 4 February. Participants exchanged experiences on trade facilitation post-COVID-19, including on monitoring reforms, and...
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Participants discuss work plan for new trade and environmental sustainability talks
WTO members taking part in a new initiative on trade and environmental sustainability met on 7 February to review a proposed 2022 work plan and exchange views on priorities for discussion. Representatives from international organizations and civil society groups also offered their views on the...
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DDG Ellard: Multilateralism is the solution to challenges of global commons, unilateralism
Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard delivered a lecture to the US National War College on 7 February in which she discussed economic multilateralism as a potent instrument of economic power. She addressed the historical context and basic principles of the WTO as well as the modern challenges...
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WTO dispute panel issues report regarding US safeguard on large residential washers
On 8 February, the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by the Republic of Korea in "United States — Safeguard measure on imports of large residential washers" (DS546).
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Working group on small business welcomes three more members
At its first meeting of the year, on 8 February, the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) welcomed Georgia, the Gambia, and Macao, China, to the Group, bringing the total number of WTO members participating in the initiative to 94. Participants heard an update...
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WTO members, international organizations outline Aid for Trade activities amid COVID-19
An overview of recent Aid for Trade activities was given by WTO members, international financial institutions and observer organisations at a session of the Committee on Trade and Development on 8 February dedicated to the Aid for Trade initiative. A workshop organized by the Committee on 7...
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High-level dialogue takes stock of Arab countries' ongoing WTO accessions
The 2nd High-Level Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for the Arab Region on 7-9 February 2022 focused on how to assist Arab acceding governments advance closer to WTO membership. Participants stressed the many challenges beyond trade faced by several Arab countries still outside the WTO and the...
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Workshop looks into practical aspects of supporting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
Over 250 representatives from WTO members and observers participated on 11 February in a technical workshop focused on the practical aspects of COVID-19 vaccine research and development (R&D), manufacturing, regulatory approval, distribution, and coordination of vaccination campaigns. WTO Deputy...
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Registration opens to access audio statements in "US — Supercalendered Paper" arbitration
At the joint request of the United States and Canada in the dispute "US — Supercalendered Paper (Article 22.6 — US)" (DS505), the arbitrator has agreed to make the relevant portions of the audio recordings of the arbitrator's meeting with the parties available to the public online.
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