vrijdag 11 maart 2022

WTO: Members exchange views on challenges, lessons learnt on trade in COVID-19-related goods

Members exchange views on challenges, lessons learnt on trade in COVID-19-related goods
The Committee on Market Access held on 4 March its first experience-sharing session on COVID-19-related goods. Members engaged in an open discussion aimed at better understanding how they defined their lists of "essential goods" to combat COVID-19 and the challenges they face with tariff...
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DDG González: We need a plan, not just a promise, to revitalize trade cooperation
Faced with a rapidly changing trade landscape, WTO members need a plan to coordinate national trade initiatives so that they all pull in the direction of open, predictable and resilient trade, Deputy Director-General Anabel González said on 7 March. DDG González spoke at the Conference on Trade...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala: Women must be at the centre of trade for a more prosperous future
Trade must be used as a vehicle for ending the marginalization of women in the global economy amid widening gender inequalities stemming from the COVID-19 crisis, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a video message released on 8 March to mark International Women's Day. Work in the WTO can...
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WTO Secretariat initiates gender equality and inclusion audit on International Women's Day
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced on 8 March that the WTO Secretariat is taking action to further advance gender equality and inclusivity across its workforce. An analysis has been initiated to inform the development of a gender-responsive...
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WTO Gender Research Hub launches call for papers for first World Trade Congress on Gender
The WTO Gender Research Hub has issued a call for papers for the first edition of the World Trade Congress on Gender entitled "Gender Equality for Sustainable Trade and Recovery." The Congress, which will take place on 5-7 December 2022 at the WTO, is part of the research agenda undertaken by the...
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DDG González: Trade cooperation essential for fairer, greener and resilient economies
Deputy Director-General Anabel González joined Dr Fred Olayele, host of the podcast "Inclusive Economics for Impact", to discuss the role of trade in promoting more resilient, greener and fairer economies and societies. Dr Olayele is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the New York...
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Prime Minister of Barbados to be first guest speaker in WTO Presidential Lecture Series
H.E. Ms Mia Amor Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, will be the first guest speaker of the WTO's Presidential Lecture Series on 23 March at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva. The topic of Prime Minister Mottley's lecture is "Reinventing the Global Order". Opening remarks will be delivered by...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes project in support of African Continental Free Trade Area
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has welcomed a new project aimed at helping eight African countries operationalize the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Led by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the...
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Members updated on high-level talks aimed at finding convergence on IP COVID-19 response
WTO members were updated on the high-level political consultations taking place to try to find a landing zone on the intellectual property-related aspects of a WTO COVID-19 response. At a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 9-10 March, members...
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Two programmes for interns from developing countries, LDCs get underway at WTO
Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang welcomed 32 interns from developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) at a ceremony launching two ten-month WTO internship programmes on 11 March. The Netherlands Trainee Programme and the French-Irish Mission Internship Programme will give participants...
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