dinsdag 6 september 2022

WTO: Ireland gives EUR 400,000 to strengthen developing countries’ participation in world trade

Ireland gives EUR 400,000 to strengthen developing countries' participation in world trade
Ireland is donating EUR 400,000 (close to CHF 395,000) to help developing countries and least— developed countries (LDCs) increase their trade know-how and play a bigger part in global trade.
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Goods Barometer points to stagnating global trade growth
The latest WTO Goods Trade Barometer issued on 23 August was steady but below the recent trend line for merchandise trade, suggesting that global goods trade continued to grow in the second quarter of 2022 but that the pace of growth was slower than in Q1 and is likely to remain weak in the second half of the year.
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WTO concludes first online Regional Trade Policy Course for Asia-Pacific
Twenty-four participants representing 14 governments completed on 25 August the WTO's first online Regional Trade Policy Course (eRTPC) for Asia and the Pacific. The 14 week-long course covered the WTO Agreements and other trade-related matters, including regional trade policy issues.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala — "enormous scope" for Africa to benefit from trade and investment
There is "enormous scope" for Africans to benefit from regional and global trade, but this requires investment and support from international partners as well as domestic reforms within African countries to improve the business climate and trading conditions, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on 27 August.
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Public Forum registration closes on 7 September
Online registration for this year's in-person Public Forum must be completed no later than 7 September 2022. Last-minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted for the event, which takes place from 27 to 30 September. Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.
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Türkiye states intention to implement findings in pharmaceuticals dispute with EU
At a meeting of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 29 August, Türkiye stated its intention to implement the recommendations and rulings of the arbitrators and the panel in its dispute with the European Union regarding certain Turkish measures concerning the production, importation and marketing of pharmaceutical products (DS583).
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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 29 August 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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DG Okonjo-Iweala mourns the passing of Central African Republic Ambassador Samba
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 2 September expressed her condolences on the passing of Ambassador Léopold-Ismaël Samba of the Central African Republic. Ambassador Samba had served as the Central African Republic's Permanent Representative to the WTO since 2007.
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Integrate trade into climate strategies, DG Okonjo-Iweala says at Africa Adaptation Summit
Trade policies should be integrated into global climate action as an amplifying force for financing and other climate-related support provided to vulnerable economies, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on 5 September at the Africa Adaptation Summit organized by the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The WTO stands ready to work with partners, the Director-General added, pointing to a new memorandum of understanding signed with the GCA to heighten collaboration on trade and climate adaptation.
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Argentina initiates WTO dispute complaint targeting Peruvian duties on biodiesel imports
Argentina has requested WTO dispute consultations with Peru concerning anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by Peru on imports of biodiesel from Argentina. The request was circulated to WTO members on 6 September.
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