vrijdag 15 juli 2022

WTO: Launch of the work programme on the preparation of the memorandum on the foreign trade regime of Turkmenistan

Launch of the work programme on the preparation of the memorandum on the foreign trade regime of Turkmenistan
Statement by Deputy Director-General Zhang Xiangchen
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DDG Zhang: Turkmenistan's WTO accession process, domestic reform are mutually beneficial
WTO Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang on 4-5 July paid an official visit to Turkmenistan, where he stressed the win-win effect of the Turkmen Government's efforts to join the WTO and the country's domestic economic reform agenda. The visit took place five months after WTO members agreed to...
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DDG Ellard urges members to secure entry into force of Fisheries Subsidies Agreement
Speaking virtually to a UN High Level Political Forum in New York on 7 July, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the WTO's recent action in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.6 on eliminating harmful fisheries subsidies through the conclusion of the new Fisheries Subsidies...
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WTO members consider record number of trade concerns at Goods Council meeting
The Council for Trade in Goods discussed 44 trade concerns maintained or newly introduced by WTO members at its meeting on 7-8 July. The chair, Mr Etienne Oudot de Dainville of France, also informed members of plans to discuss the role of the Council in the implementation of the "Geneva Package" of...
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Investment facilitation negotiators confirm aim of finalizing text-based talks by end-2022
Participants in the investment facilitation for development (IFD) negotiations on 8 July started planning work for the second half of the year in order to meet their objective of concluding the text-based negotiations by the end of 2022. The co-coordinators announced their intention to issue a...
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WTO circulates arbitration decision in US-Canada paper dispute
On 13 July, a WTO arbitrator issued its decision on the methodology Canada may use to fix the level of suspension of concessions or other obligations in the goods sector vis-à-vis the United States if, in the future, the US applies countervailing duties on Canadian goods based on a measure found to...
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"Trade is part of the solution to the big problems we face" — DG Okonjo-Iweala
The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have prompted new questions about whether trade, value chains and interdependence increase the vulnerability or resilience of countries but the WTO's analytical work clearly shows that trade "is part of the solution to the big problems we face,"...
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The launch of the WTO Chair in Lesotho
Remarks by DDG Zhang
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National University of Lesotho launches activities under WTO Chairs Programme
At a high-level event on 13 July, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) launched its activities under the WTO Chairs programme (WCP). Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang attended the event alongside representatives from the government, university authorities and business associations of...
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Improved online platform launched to ease access to product information
An improved version of the online alert system ePing was launched on 13 July, providing a single-entry point for users to submit and track information on product requirements while enhancing coordination among government agencies and the private sector. The platform is a result of collaboration...
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