woensdag 20 juli 2022

WTO: E-commerce talks mark new phase in negotiations

E-commerce talks mark new phase in negotiations
The co-convenors of the negotiations on e-commerce — Australia, Japan and Singapore — told the participants on 12-14 July that revised ways of working will be introduced to help the initiative build the spirit of compromise needed to achieve a "high-quality outcome". The co-convenors said that they...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes Cabo Verde Prime Minister H.E. José Ulisses Correia e Silva to WTO
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed Cabo Verde's Prime Minister, José Ulisses Correia e Silva, to the WTO on 14 July. They discussed the outcomes of the 12th Ministerial Conference, including a landmark agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, and the way forward for implementing...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala underlines vital role of trade in addressing food crisis, inflation
Cooperation on trade will be vital in tackling the current food insecurity crisis, and the WTO "is determined to be part of the solution," Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers in Bali, Indonesia, on 15 July.
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Working Party chair commends Timor-Leste's commitment to WTO accession on visit to Dili
The chair of the Working Party on the Accession of Timor-Leste, Ambassador Rui Macieira of Portugal, visited Dili from 11 to 15 July. Accompanied by members of the WTO Secretariat, Ambassador Macieira met with high-level officials to strengthen domestic support for Timor-Leste's WTO accession as it...
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Heads of agencies call for urgent action to address global food security crisis
A joint statement calling for urgent action to address the global food security crisis was issued by the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Food Programme and the WTO on 15 July.
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Working group on small business reflects on way forward post MC12
At a meeting of the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), held on 15 July, WTO members reflected on which topics the group could explore further as part of its future workplan after the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). The Group welcomed Tajikistan as a new...
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Members share experiences on measures adopted to ease trade in COVID-19 essential goods
At the third experience-sharing session organized by the Committee on Market Access on 18 July, WTO members shared practices on measures aimed at easing trade in COVID-19 goods under the purview of the Committee, including in relation to tariff suspensions, reductions or eliminations. Members explained the diverse trade policy decisions they took to ensure that their populations and the rest of the world could have access to products essential to save lives and to limit disruptions to supply and distribution of these goods.
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Trade Policy Review: Moldova
The second review of the trade policies and practices of Moldova takes place on 20 and 22 July 2022. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Moldova.
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WTO issues updated note on trade in medical goods in the context of tackling COVID-19
The WTO Secretariat has updated 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 presents the developments in the trade in medical goods over the three-year period from 2019, when the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic was first identified, through to the end of 2021.
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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 21 July 2022, 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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