woensdag 3 augustus 2022

WTO: DG calls for increased investment on cotton projects, welcomes Afreximbank pledge

DG calls for increased investment on cotton projects, welcomes Afreximbank pledge
At a Partners Conference on cotton on 27 July, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala urged donor agencies to mobilise resources in support of cotton projects in least-developed countries (LDCs), including the Cotton-4 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali). At a "Call for Action" signing ceremony later in the day, she welcomed a pledge from the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) to provide up to USD 300,000 as grant-matching funds to support the preparation of cotton value chain development projects in African countries from 2023 to 2024.
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DDG Ellard: Conclusion of Fisheries Agreement creates positive momentum at the WTO
Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard participated on 28 July in a discussion organized by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) on the recently concluded Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies and outlined the next steps at the WTO on fisheries and environmental sustainability.
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WTO issues latest edition of Annual Report
The WTO has published the latest edition of its Annual Report, providing a comprehensive account of the organization's activities in 2021 and early 2022. The report also covers the successful conclusion of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which was originally scheduled for end-2021 but postponed until June 2022.
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WTO launches database on gender equality provisions in regional trade agreements
Commitments for gender equality in trade agreements are cardinal to advancing development objectives as they ensure that women and men can equally benefit from trade opportunities. That was the message from speakers on 28 July during a session on the WTO's new Database on gender provisions in regional trade agreements, which was launched during the Aid for Trade Global Review.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala highlights success of Nigeria's Growth Platform in driving digital trade
Digital technologies can play an instrumental role in helping businesses in Africa engage in international trade, stressed a number of participants at a session of the Aid for Trade Global Review on 28 July focusing on the Aid-for-Trade success story of Nigeria's Growth Platform. In her opening remarks, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala highlighted the platform's "fantastic vision to drive economic growth and sustainability in emerging markets by empowering businesses and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with large scale financial capital, skills and critical resources."
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WTO Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) concludes in Geneva
A total of 26 government officials from developing and least-developed countries completed on 29 July an eight-week Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC), the first in-person training course at WTO headquarters since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course represents the highest level of specialist training within the WTO's progressive learning framework.
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South Africa initiates WTO dispute complaint challenging EU citrus fruit measures
South Africa has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union concerning certain measures imposed by the European Union on the importation of South African citrus fruit. The request was circulated to WTO members on 29 July.
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WTO advanced course on economic analysis of trade policy concludes in Geneva
Twenty-five participants from developing and least-developed countries attended the sixth edition of the WTO Advanced Course on Economic Analysis of Trade Policy in Geneva from 21 to 29 July 2022. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this unique training activity was organized to help policy analysts and researchers become familiar with standard and more advanced trade policy analysis tools.
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WTO issues new edition of World Tariff Profiles
The WTO issued today (29 July) the 2022 edition of "World Tariff Profiles", which provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. The report was jointly prepared with the International Trade Centre and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
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Applications open for 2022 Trade and Public Health Workshop
The WTO will hold its annual Trade and Public Health Workshop in Geneva from 28 November to 2 December 2022, with a special focus on pandemic preparedness and response. The deadline to submit applications to participate is 30 September 2022.
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