dinsdag 7 juni 2022

WTO: WTO members discuss ways to enhance trade capacity of small businesses in LDCs

WTO members discuss ways to enhance trade capacity of small businesses in LDCs
The Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on 30 May focussed on initiatives of international organizations aimed at helping small businesses in LDCs improve their capacity to trade. Beneficiaries in the Gambia, Madagascar and Senegal shared their experiences.
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WTO members discuss key findings of Aid for Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise
WTO members and Aid for Trade partner organizations discussed at a workshop on 31 May the key findings of the Aid for Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise ahead of the 2022 Aid for Trade Global Review to take place in late July. The workshop also presented the latest data on Aid-for-Trade...
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Deadline for submitting proposals for 2022 Public Forum extended to 10 June
The deadline for submitting proposals for this year's Public Forum — entitled "Towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery: ambition to action" — has been extended to 10 June 2022. Individuals interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, to be held on 27-30 September, are invited to complete an...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala: Time for members to show restraint and agree on texts for MC12
At an agriculture negotiating meeting for delegation heads on 1-2 June, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the chair of the agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica), heard members' feedback on three draft texts that emerged from an informal consultation process...
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New report highlights positive impact of WTO technical assistance activities
The WTO Technical Assistance Annual Report, published on 2 June, outlines how the WTO Secretariat delivered training activities to developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) and observer governments in 2021 despite the constraints posed by COVID-19. Beneficiaries were able to improve their...
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WTO-World Bank publication stresses key role of trade in responding to health crises
Trade plays a critical role in ensuring access to medical goods and services during global health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the key findings from a new WTO-World Bank publication launched by the WTO Director-General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the World Bank Managing...
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WTO launches first online Regional Trade Policy Course for Asia-Pacific region
Twenty-four government officials from 14 WTO members and observers are attending the WTO's first online Regional Trade Policy Course for the Asia-Pacific region taking place from 23 May to 25 August 2022. Co-organized with the Shanghai University for International Business and Economics, the course...
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Madagascar launches safeguard investigation on paints
On 3 June 2022, Madagascar notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 June 2022 a safeguard investigation on paints.
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WTO updates joint indicative list of critical COVID-19 vaccine inputs
The WTO Secretariat has updated the joint indicative list compiling information on critical inputs for the manufacturing, distributing and administering of COVID-19 vaccines. The list was initially produced jointly with the World Customs Organization, the Asian Development Bank, the Organisation...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala urges members to seize opportunity at MC12 to deliver meaningful outcomes
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has called on WTO members to make one final effort to deliver substantive results at the upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva on 12-15 June. Speaking at a special meeting of the General Council on 7 June, DG Okonjo-Iweala asked delegations...
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