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  • October 26, 2020
    United States appeals panel report regarding US tariffs on...
    The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 26 October of its decision to appeal the panel report...
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  • October 26, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • October 23, 2020
    WTO hails United Nations on its 75th anniversary
    As the United Nations commemorates the 75th anniversary of its creation, its partner, the World Trade Organization, pays tribute...
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  • October 23, 2020
    Services trade drops 30% in Q2 as COVID-19 ravages...
    Global trade in services in the second quarter of 2020 plunged by a record 30% year-on-year, with the travel...
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  • October 23, 2020
    Negotiations on e-commerce continue, eyeing a consolidated text by...
    WTO members participating in the negotiation of rules on e-commerce shared updates on the work done to streamline the...
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  • October 21, 2020
    Members discuss proposals on trade in environmental and agricultural...
    WTO members debated market access issues related to agricultural and environmental services at an informal meeting of the Special...
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  • October 21, 2020
    WTO workshop on health, trade and intellectual property: an...
    The WTO held on 21 October 2020 the first edition of the technical workshop on “An Integrated Health, Trade...
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  • October 21, 2020
    Members cite role of trade facilitation in ensuring access...
    The COVID-19 pandemic was a recurring theme at the meeting of the WTO’s Committee on Trade Facilitation on 20-21...
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  • October 20, 2020
    New portal reveals progress in attaining trade-related Sustainable Development...
    The Sustainable Development Goals Trade Monitor was launched on 20 October by the WTO, the United Nations Conference on...
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  • October 20, 2020
    Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO...
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  • October 16, 2020
    New WTO publication addresses common questions about trade and...
    The WTO launched a new publication to answer commonly raised questions about trade and the environment at a virtual...
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  • October 16, 2020
    Short Answers to Big Questions on the WTO and...
    Remarks by DDG WolffAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • October 15, 2020
    New WTO report looks at the global intellectual property...
    The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note about how the global intellectual property (IP) system relates to...
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  • October 15, 2020
    Negotiations on domestic regulation disciplines for services “very advanced”...
    WTO members participating in the negotiations on services domestic regulation met on 15 October to advance work on streamlining...
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  • October 13, 2020
    WTO arbitrator issues decision in Boeing subsidy dispute
    On 13 October, a WTO arbitrator issued its decision on the level of countermeasures the European Union may request...
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  • October 12, 2020
    Informal Trade Negotiations Committee and informal Heads of Delegation...
    Remarks by DDG AgahAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • October 12, 2020
    DDG Yi praises WCO-WTO partnership in implementation of Customs...
    Over the past 25 years fair, uniform and neutral customs valuation processes have been key to maintaining international trade...
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  • October 12, 2020
    Trade has a role to play in making the...
    On behalf of the four Deputy Directors-General, DDG Agah addressed heads of WTO member delegations on 12 October and...
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  • October 9, 2020
    WTO members search for compromise as text-based negotiations on...
    WTO members took up another set of fisheries subsidies issues at the 5-9 October cluster of meetings of the...
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  • October 9, 2020
    WTO launches new import licensing platform
    Four years of work by the WTO Secretariat bore fruit with the launch on 9 October 2020 of the...
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  • October 9, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Open markets essential to global economic recovery
    Keeping international markets open to trade is an essential part of the agenda for economic recovery from the COVID-19...
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  • October 9, 2020
    Negotiations on an investment facilitation agreement show high level...
    The second round of formal negotiations for a multilateral agreement on investment facilitation for development, held on 8-9 October...
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  • October 9, 2020
    GM non-browning Arctic Apple launch to convenience store market
    Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), developer and grower behind the innovative Arctic apple, has announced the launch of Arctic apple...
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  • October 8, 2020
    The United Kingdom launches a review process of the...
    On 8 October 2020, the United Kingdom notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 October...
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  • October 8, 2020
    WTO issues new edition of Trade Profiles publication
    The WTO issued today (8 October) the latest edition of its annual statistical publication Trade Profiles.All copyrights for this...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Denmark gives DKK 8 million to help developing countries...
    The government of Denmark contributed a total of DKK 8 million (over CHF 1.1 million) in 2019 and 2020...
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  • October 8, 2020
    WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
    WTO members narrowed the field of candidates to be the next Director-General as General Council Chair David Walker of...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Gulf port operations disrupted with Hurricane Delta due to...
    Hurricane Delta is currently a category 2 with 105 mph winds but it's expected to strengthen into a major...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Del Monte Fresh Produce pays nearly US$2M for violating...
    The California Air Resources Board has announced a settlement with the multinational fresh produce company - the largest penalty...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Spanish grapes: Slow market diversification this year balanced with...
    Joaquin Gomez of Apoexpa said that the country - whose main grape markets are the U.K. and Germany -...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Ocean Spray CEO recreates viral TikTok, skateboarding to Fleetwood...
    The CEO of cranberry company Ocean Spray has responded to TikTok's latest craze: the "Dreams" challenge, in which participants...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Markon launches recyclable cardboard clamshells for strawberries
    The innovative package, designed for its Markon First Crop (MFC) two-pound strawberries, is made with food-grade adhesives and printed...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Aldi scraps single-use plastic bags for fruit and veg...
    The German-based company, which operates Britain's fifth-largest grocer, says it will save more than 100 tons of plastic. The post...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Covid-19 has flipped the value proposition of omnichannel shopping...
    Nielsen says that six months into the pandemic, early reliance on e-commerce has expanded into a fundamental dependence on...
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  • October 7, 2020
    UK to join government procurement pact in its own...
    At a meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement on 7 October, parties to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)...
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  • October 7, 2020
    The United States launches safeguard investigation on fresh, chilled,...
    On 7 October 2020, the United States notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 6 October...
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  • October 7, 2020
    WTO publishes list of COVID-19 support measures adopted by...
    The WTO has posted a list of economic support measures adopted by WTO members in response to the COVID-19...
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  • October 7, 2020
    WTO marks the 1st anniversary of World Cotton Day...
    The WTO commemorates on 7 October the first anniversary of World Cotton Day, an occasion to shine a spotlight...
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  • October 7, 2020
    Fresh-cut fruits sold at Walmart recalled over listeria fears
    Country Fresh is now recalling various containers of Freshness Guaranteed-brand cut or sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe...
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  • October 7, 2020
    U.S. table grape storage numbers below previous two seasons
    There were 9.3m boxes in storage as of Sept. 30, according to the Western Fruit Report Grape Cold Storage...
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  • October 7, 2020
    Giumarra tests autonomous planes for produce shipments
    The Giumarra Companies has announced a joint project with Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Reliable Robotics Corporation to test shipments...
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  • October 7, 2020
    Costa Rica's ag sector loses $37M in two days...
    The Ministry said banana producers have been the most affected, with losses that amount to $28.9, followed by pineapple...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China...
    The scheme, pieced together for the first time by Reuters, lays bare the ease with which mislabeled, potentially risky...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Spanish lemon production set to rise in 2020-21
    Spain is due to see an 8% year-on-year increase in lemon production to 1.29m metric tons (MT) in the...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Mission Produce COO: Nasdaq listing will accelerate our growth...
    "So from an internal standpoint we're very excited, from a commercial standpoint it's going to unleash a lot of...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: A snapshot of Peru's previous grape...
    With Peru's table grape season soon getting underway, we thought we would take a look at the Andean country's...
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  • October 5, 2020
    DDG Yi: Today’s thriving knowledge economy is the result...
    WTO Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun underscored on 5 October the significance of the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of...
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  • October 5, 2020
    Canada tightens restrictions on romaine lettuce imports following E....
    Starting on Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will require that importers prove that their product does not come...
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  • October 5, 2020
    OZblu breaks own record with world's heaviest blueberry
    The record-breaking blueberry is the result of world-renowned plant breeders, Dave and Leasa Mazzardis, who founded the Natures Select...
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  • October 5, 2020
    Enza Zaden finds high resistance to the devastating tomato...
    The company’s researchers believe this gene is like no other currently known in the field, and offers “high resistance”...
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  • October 2, 2020
    DDG Wolff: WTO needs a more robust agricultural rule...
    The WTO needs a more robust agricultural rule book that can better ensure markets remain open, particularly in challenging...
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  • October 2, 2020
    WTO and UNCTAD welcome Pamela Coke-Hamilton as new International...
    Pamela Coke-Hamilton has become the new executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), effective 1 October.All copyrights for...
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  • October 2, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Q&A on the COVID-19 pandemic and trade
    Speaking at a “Geneva Trade Week” event at the Graduate Institute on 2 October, DDG Wolff took questions on...
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  • October 2, 2020
    Walmart sells Asda for $8.8B
    U.S.-based Walmart has agreed to sell its wholly-owned U.K. supermarket chain Asda - one of Britain's 'Big Four' grocers...
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  • October 2, 2020
    Drought could impact Peru's upcoming mango season
    Peru's mango export volumes could be heavily affected by the ongoing drought in the country, an industry representative has...
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  • October 2, 2020
    U.S. Trade Representative requests ITC investigation into blueberry imports
    Robert Lighthizer has issued a request to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate a Section 201 global safeguard...
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  • October 1, 2020
    DDG Wolff: I am optimistic about improving transparency at...
    Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff expressed optimism on 1 October that WTO members could agree on steps for improving transparency...
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  • October 1, 2020
    Timor-Leste formally kick-starts its WTO accession process
    Members expressed their support for Timor-Leste’s bid to become a member of the WTO and commended the work done...
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  • October 1, 2020
    Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on articles of apparel and...
    On 1 October 2020, Indonesia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 October 2020 a...
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  • September 30, 2020
    DDG Wolff highlights role of trade policies in addressing...
    Trade policies can help support broader efforts to reduce plastic pollution, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 30 September....
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  • September 30, 2020
    Trade Policy Review: Zimbabwe
    The third review of the trade policies and practices of Zimbabwe takes place on 30 September and 2 October...
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  • September 29, 2020
    WTO members review four regional trade agreements between developing...
    WTO members reviewed on 29 September four regional trade agreements concluded between developing countries at a dedicated session of...
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  • September 29, 2020
    WTO members discuss technical assistance and training activities for...
    At a regular meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development on 29 September, WTO members discussed technical assistance...
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  • September 29, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Trade is the best option for ensuring...
    In remarks delivered to the 2020 Havencongres Rotterdam on 29 September, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said relying on international...
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  • September 29, 2020
    Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help developing countries enhance...
    Estonia has contributed EUR 20,000 (CHF 21,000) in 2020 to enhance the trading capacities of developing countries and least-developed...
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  • September 28, 2020
    DDG Wolff: The next step to reform the WTO...
    Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff called for the creation of a “useful forum at the WTO to discuss specific structural...
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  • September 28, 2020
    US appeals panel report regarding US duties on Canadian...
    The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 September 2020 of its decision to appeal the panel...
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  • September 28, 2020
    WTO workshops to review progress on cotton by-products initiative
    Five country-focused workshops will take place in the coming weeks to discuss the latest progress on a joint initiative...
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  • September 28, 2020
    Panel established to review China’s compliance with farm subsidy...
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 September, WTO members agreed to the establishment of a...
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  • September 28, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • September 25, 2020
    Structured discussions on investment facilitation for development move into...
    Participants in the structured discussions on investment facilitation for development began on 25 September 2020 formal negotiations on a...
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  • September 25, 2020
    WTO members resume agriculture negotiations following COVID-19 pause
    WTO members resumed negotiations on reform of agricultural trade at a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special...
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  • September 24, 2020
    WTO members intensify work on technical barriers to trade
    WTO members will intensify their work over the coming months on ensuring that standards and regulations do not act...
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  • September 24, 2020
    Thailand launches safeguard investigation on aluminium foil
    On 24 September 2020, Thailand notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 18 September 2020 a...
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  • September 23, 2020
    WTO members consider EU-Armenia, MERCOSUR-Israel trade agreements
    WTO members considered two regional trade agreements (RTAs) at the meeting of the Committee on RTAs on 22...
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  • September 23, 2020
    Trade and Gender — Virtual Meeting
    Remarks by Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick AgahAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • September 23, 2020
    New WTO working group established to deepen trade and...
    A group of WTO members agreed to establish an Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender on 23 September,...
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  • September 23, 2020
    World merchandise trade fell 14% in volume, 21% in...
    Global merchandise trade volumes declined by 14.3% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous period as...
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  • September 23, 2020
    Open trade and multilateral farm policy reforms vital for...
    Open international trade and continued reforms of agricultural trade policy will be critical to meeting global food security needs...
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  • September 23, 2020
    Launch of “The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020”
    Remarks by Deputy Director-General Alan WolffAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • September 23, 2020
    Malaysia launches safeguard investigation on ceramic floor and wall...
    On 23 September 2020, Malaysia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 13 September 2020 a...
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  • September 22, 2020
    Statement of Alan Wm. Wolff, Joint Acting Director-General of...
    G20 Trade Ministers MeetingAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • September 22, 2020
    DDG Wolff urges G20 trade ministers to step up...
    At a virtual meeting of G20 trade ministers today (22 September), WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff called for “renewed...
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  • September 21, 2020
    DDG Wolff: WTO reform crucial to restoring confidence in...
    Ongoing WTO reform efforts will be crucial to restoring confidence in the trading system’s ability to meet the needs...
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  • September 21, 2020
    WTO members to discuss proposals to enhance special treatment...
    On 23 September 2020, at a formal meeting of the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Development...
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  • September 18, 2020
    WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
    The WTO took another step towards selecting its next Director-General today (18 September) as General Council Chair David Walker...
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  • September 18, 2020
    WTO members start text-based negotiations on fisheries subsidies
    WTO members, during the 14-18 September cluster of meetings of the Negotiating Group on Rules, began a new phase...
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  • September 17, 2020
    DDG Wolff: WTO members addressing implications of plastics...
    WTO members have begun addressing the cross-border implications of plastics pollution in their discussions in Geneva, with some seeking...
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  • September 17, 2020
    WTO announces winner of 2020 Essay Award for Young...
    The winner of the 2020 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists is Xiang Ding of Harvard University. His paper,...
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  • September 17, 2020
    Services trade barometer signals resilience in key sectors amid...
    World services trade likely remained far below trend through the second quarter of 2020 amid the economic fallout from...
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  • September 17, 2020
    WTO launches Goods Schedules e-Library
    On 17 September 2020, the WTO launched the Goods Schedules e-Library, a new online platform that provides access to...
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  • September 17, 2020
    DDG Wolff: “Trade policies have a huge potential to...
    In remarks delivered to a Business Europe webinar on trade and climate change on 17 September, Deputy Director-General Alan...
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  • September 17, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Time for all countries to work...
    Now is the time for all countries, including the biggest traders, to work to improve the rules of the...
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  • September 16, 2020
    Agriculture discussions to enter new phase this month
    A new phase of discussions on agriculture will begin at the WTO this month. WTO members will discuss, in...
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  • September 16, 2020
    WTO issues report on measures to expedite access to...
    The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note on how WTO members have used trade measures to expedite...
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  • September 15, 2020
    DDG Wolff cites importance of transparency, cooperation in dealing...
    WTO members are considering ways to make global trade rules more suitable to deal with any future pandemics, including...
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  • September 15, 2020
    WTO panel issues report regarding US tariffs on Chinese...
    On 15 September the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by China in “United States...
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  • September 14, 2020
    WTO members discuss participation of developing countries in world...
    The WTO Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) started its autumn schedule of meetings on 14 September with an...
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  • September 14, 2020
    The Comoros reaffirms ambition to secure WTO membership by...
    The Comoros stressed its strong commitment to conclude formal accession negotiations to the WTO by the next Ministerial Conference....
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  • September 9, 2020
    Members to debate how Aid for Trade can address...
    An informal meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development dedicated to the Aid for Trade initiative will be...
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  • September 9, 2020
    Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on wires
    On 9 September 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 July 2020 a...
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  • September 8, 2020
    Chair announces programme of trade policy reviews for remainder...
    Four WTO members — Zimbabwe, Thailand, Indonesia and Macao, China — will undergo reviews of their trade policies and...
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  • September 7, 2020
    The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on high-density polyethylene and...
    On 4 September 2020, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 4 September 2020...
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  • September 4, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Trade, global cooperation can best deliver adequate...
    International trade and cooperation among WTO members are vital to ensure sufficient supplies of medical devices during the COVID-19...
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  • September 4, 2020
    DDG Agah launches preparatory process for WTO’s end-of-year trade...
    WTO trade monitoring reports are a large-scale transparency exercise that provide WTO members with regular updates on the latest...
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  • September 2, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Regular discussion of specific trade concerns helps...
    The regular discussion of specific trade concerns in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee has helped to reduce...
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  • September 1, 2020
    DDG Wolff announces autumn programme of WTO accessions
    Working party meetings for two least developed country candidates for World Trade Organization membership will be held in the...
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  • August 28, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • August 28, 2020
    EU appeals panel report on EU dumping methodologies, duties...
    The European Union notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 August 2020 of its decision to appeal the panel...
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  • August 28, 2020
    Panel established to review EU safeguard measures on steel...
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 August, WTO members agreed to the establishment of a...
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  • August 27, 2020
    WTO issues new report regarding impact of COVID-19 crisis...
    The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world agricultural...
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  • August 26, 2020
    WTO issues new report on how COVID-19-related restrictions on...
    A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat highlights how trade in goods and services has been affected...
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  • August 26, 2020
    WTO issues call for papers for new Trade Economist...
    The WTO has issued a call for papers for the new WTO Trade Economist Thematic Award. Trade experts at...
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  • August 24, 2020
    WTO panel issues report regarding US duties on Canadian...
    On 24 August the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by Canada in “United States...
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  • August 19, 2020
    Goods barometer confirms steep drop in trade but hints...
    World merchandise trade likely registered a historic fall in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest reading...
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  • August 13, 2020
    WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may...
    The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note warning of possible increases to trade costs due to COVID-19...
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  • August 11, 2020
    DDG Wolff: The future belongs to trade agreements of...
    The multilateral trading system, along with regional and bilateral trade agreements, all share the task of regulating global trade,...
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  • August 10, 2020
    Online regional trade policy course for Caribbean countries under...
    The WTO has launched its first online Regional Trade Policy Course (e-RTPC) to ensure that capacity building continues to...
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  • August 5, 2020
    WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade...
    Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the...
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  • July 31, 2020
    WTO members adopt report on food safety, animal and...
    WTO members have adopted the Report of the Fifth Review of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and...
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  • July 31, 2020
    Germany gives EUR 150,000 to enhance developing countries’ participation...
    The government of Germany contributed EUR 150,000 (approximately CHF 160,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries...
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  • July 31, 2020
    General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG...
    The General Council agreed on 31 July on the steps to be taken in the final stage of the...
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  • July 31, 2020
    WTO issues 2020 edition of its flagship statistical publication
    The WTO issued today (31 July) the latest edition of its annual publication on international trade statistics, the “World...
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  • July 30, 2020
    WTO members stress role of IP system in fighting...
    At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 30 July 2020, WTO...
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  • July 30, 2020
    WTO members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19...
    At a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan...
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  • July 30, 2020
    WTO, World Bank launch joint publication on the role...
    The WTO and the World Bank launched the joint publication “Women and Trade: The role of trade in promoting...
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  • July 29, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • July 29, 2020
    WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to...
    On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the...
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  • July 29, 2020
    Panels established to review Indian tech tariffs, Japanese export...
    WTO members agreed on 29 July to the establishment of four new dispute panels to examine various trade complaints....
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  • July 28, 2020
    WTO members push for increased transparency on COVID-19 measures...
    At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture on 28 July, WTO members posed a record number of questions...
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  • July 28, 2020
    Saudi Arabia appeals panel report regarding intellectual property measures
    Saudi Arabia notified the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 July of its decision to appeal the panel report...
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  • July 27, 2020
    WTO members review five regional trade agreements
    WTO members considered five regional trade agreements (RTAs) involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras,...
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  • July 27, 2020
    Goods Council agrees on 2020 chairs for subsidiary bodies
    The WTO’s Goods Council, on 27 July, approved a list of new chairs to the 14 subsidiary bodies that...
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  • July 24, 2020
    Informal Trade Policy Review Body meeting — trade monitoring...
    All copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • July 24, 2020
    WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even...
    While import-restrictive measures introduced by WTO members continued to affect a growing share of global trade, the Director-General’s latest...
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  • July 24, 2020
    WTO panel issues report regarding EU dumping methodologies, duties...
    On 24 July the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by the Russian Federation in...
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  • July 23, 2020
    DG Azevêdo: “We’ve achieved a lot, but much...
    In his farewell remarks to the General Council on 23 July, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reflected on the achievements secured...
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  • July 22, 2020
    Members endorse Turkmenistan’s WTO observer status
    At a meeting of the General Council on 22 July, WTO members agreed to grant Turkmenistan observer status in...
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  • July 21, 2020
    Liechtenstein donates CHF 40,000 to help developing countries expand...
    Liechtenstein has contributed CHF 40,000 in 2020 to assist developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) in enhancing their trading...
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  • July 21, 2020
    WTO members appoint new chair for agriculture talks
    Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta of Costa Rica has taken the helm as the new chair of the WTO farm...
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  • July 21, 2020
    Brazil underlines bid to join government procurement pact, Côte...
    At a meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement on 21 July, Brazil’s Secretary for Foreign Trade and Economic...
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  • July 21, 2020
    WTO members set work programme for text-based phase of...
    At the 21 July meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations said they were ready...
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  • July 20, 2020
    DG Azevêdo: “Decisions made at the WTO will matter”...
    Addressing heads of WTO member delegations for the last time as Chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee, Director-General Roberto...
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  • July 17, 2020
    DDG Wolff: Trade for peace is more than a...
    For the WTO, trade for peace is a dominant theme for the present and not just a part of...
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  • July 17, 2020
    WTO members meet the candidates for Director-General
    The eight candidates nominated for the post of WTO Director-General met with members on 15-17 July at a meeting...
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  • July 15, 2020
    Peru initiates WTO dispute complaint against Brazil’s PET duties,...
    Peru has requested WTO dispute consultations with Brazil concerning Brazil’s definitive anti-dumping measures on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film and...
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  • July 13, 2020
    Keeping trade open amid COVID-19 crisis central to achieving...
    In a report to the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) taking place from 7 to 16 July, the...
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  • July 10, 2020
    General Council Chair Walker announces timelines for next stages...
    General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand has announced timelines for the next phases in the selection process...
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  • July 9, 2020
    WTO, ICC and B20 call for action to narrow...
    The WTO, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and B20 Saudi Arabia issued a joint statement on 9 July...
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  • March 19, 2020
    Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU steel safeguard
    Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s safeguard measures on imported steel products....
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  • March 17, 2020
    WTO DG welcomes G7 leaders’ statement on COVID-19
    WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo today welcomed the co-ordinated statement by G7 leaders calling for closer cooperation to fight the...
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  • March 17, 2020
    Regional Trade Policy Course concludes in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
    A Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for French-speaking African members and observers of the WTO concluded on 17 March....
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  • March 15, 2020
    DG Azevêdo communicates COVID-19 measures to WTO members and...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has informed WTO members and staff that access to the organization’s premises will be restricted as...
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  • March 13, 2020
    Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes at the WTO
    Thirty participants from around the world attended the Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) from 27 January to 13 March...
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  • March 12, 2020
    DG Azevêdo provides urgent information to WTO members on...
    WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was today informed by the Government of Kazakhstan that, in connection with the current situation...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Services trade growth weakens as COVID-19 crisis hits global...
    World services trade growth continued to weaken toward the end of 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Trade Policy Review: Australia
    The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of Australia takes place virtually on 11 and 13 March...
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  • March 10, 2020
    DG Azevêdo announces suspension of WTO meetings following confirmation...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has informed WTO members that, as of 11 March, all meetings at the WTO will be...
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  • March 6, 2020
    Reminder: NGO accreditation for Kazakhstan Ministerial Conference closes on...
    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should submit their requests for accreditation for the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) no later than 29...
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  • March 6, 2020
    DG Azevêdo on Women’s Day: WTO has important role...
    At an event at the WTO on 6 March 2020 celebrating International Women’s Day, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the...
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  • March 6, 2020
    DG Azevêdo and chair call on members to intensify...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, called on heads...
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  • March 5, 2020
    WTO members consider EU request for panels on Indian...
    At a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 5 March, WTO members considered two requests from...
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  • March 5, 2020
    LDCs seek strengthened mandate for Committee on Rules of...
    Least developed country (LDC) members called for a decision at the WTO’s upcoming Ministerial Conference in June to...
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  • March 4, 2020
    Event marks 25th anniversary of the WTO’s Agreement on...
    Trade diplomats, technical experts and business representatives gathered at the WTO on 4 March to mark the 25th anniversary...
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  • March 3, 2020
    Korea donates CHF 350,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading...
    The Republic of Korea is contributing KRW 417 million (approximately CHF 350,000) to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs)...
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  • March 3, 2020
    DDG Wolff: An update of multilateral trade rules is...
    Speaking at an event in Washington DC on the future of the WTO on 3 March, Deputy Director-General Alan...
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  • March 3, 2020
    WTO chairpersons for 2020
    The WTO General Council, on 3 March 2020, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for...
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  • March 3, 2020
    Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership
    WTO members agreed at a meeting of the General Council on 3 March 2020 to establish a working party...
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  • March 2, 2020
    DG Azevêdo: Weeks ahead are “window of opportunity” for...
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 2 March, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo set out his views on...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on polymeric materials
    On 28 February 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 25 February 2020 a...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • February 28, 2020
    DSB meeting suspended over disagreement between the Philippines and...
    The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting on 28 February was suspended due to a disagreement between the Philippines and...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Conference addresses emerging research in intellectual property and innovation
    Some 150 academics, researchers and policy makers gathered on 27-28 February in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss emerging research challenges...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Members discuss regulatory cooperation on self-drive cars and medical...
    At a meeting of the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee on 25-26 February, WTO members discussed how to improve...
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  • February 26, 2020
    Kazakhstan prepares to negotiate accession to Government Procurement Agreement
    Kazakhstan informed the Committee on Government Procurement at its 26 February meeting of the progress it has made to...
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  • February 25, 2020
    US donates USD 600,000 to further developing countries’ trading...
    The United States contributed USD 600,000 (CHF 590,000) in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs) participate effectively...
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  • February 24, 2020
    Eyeing MC12 for an outcome, agriculture negotiators focus on...
    At a meeting of the Agriculture Committee in Special Session on 24-25 February, discussions focused on the elements and...
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  • February 24, 2020
    Lithuania donates EUR 50,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading...
    Lithuania is contributing EUR 50,000 (CHF 53,000) to help developing and least-developed countries take an active part in global...
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  • February 24, 2020
    DDG Wolff hails ministers’ commitment to strengthen WTO for...
    Speaking at a side event of the WTO agriculture negotiation meetings on 24 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff hailed...
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  • February 22, 2020
    Third anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement sees increasing implementation...
    Three years since the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017, WTO members have continued...
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  • February 18, 2020
    The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on motor vehicles
    On 18 February 2020, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 6 February 2020...
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  • February 18, 2020
    Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on caustic soda
    On 18 February 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 February 2020 a...
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  • February 18, 2020
    Trade Policy Review: European Union
    The fourteenth review of the trade policies and practices of the European Union takes place on 18 and 20...
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  • February 17, 2020
    Goods barometer signals further weakening of trade in first...
    World merchandise trade growth is likely to remain weak in early 2020, according to the WTO Goods Trade Barometer...
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  • February 17, 2020
    WTO issues call for papers for 2020 Essay Award...
    The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2020 WTO Essay Award. The...
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  • February 14, 2020
    Regional Dialogue highlights synergies between African WTO membership and...
    The 3rd Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for Africa was held on 12-14 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with...
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  • February 13, 2020
    WTO members prepare to firm up legal text for...
    At the 13 February informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations took stock of...
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  • February 11, 2020
    DDG Wolff affirms WTO commitment to support Africa’s economic...
    In a speech delivered at the Addis Ababa University on 11 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed WTO commitment...
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  • February 11, 2020
    WTO members advance new Aid for Trade work programme,...
    WTO members moved closer to finalizing the new Aid for Trade (AfT) work programme for 2020-2021 at a meeting...
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  • February 11, 2020
    Prompt submission of notifications urged for full implementation of...
    WTO members highlighted the need for continued transparency in trade procedures at the 11 February meeting of the Committee...
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  • February 10, 2020
    Japan initiates second WTO dispute complaint regarding Korean support...
    Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with Korea regarding alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding...
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  • February 7, 2020
    WTO launches revamped WTO Data portal and new API...
    The WTO launched on 7 February a revamped WTO Data portal and a new WTO API portal to improve...
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  • February 6, 2020
    Workshop addresses incentives for technology transfer to LDCs under...
    A workshop on incentives for technology transfer to least-developed countries (LDCs) under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual...
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  • February 6, 2020
    Members discuss LDC technology transfer, highlight progress on transparency...
    At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 6 February, WTO members...
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  • February 6, 2020
    Appellate Body issues report regarding US duties on Canadian...
    On 6 February the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Canada in “United States —...
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  • February 5, 2020
    Registration opens for delayed broadcast of arbitration hearing in...
    At the request of the United States and the European Union in the dispute “United States — Measures Affecting...
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  • February 4, 2020
    DG Azevêdo: To modernize the WTO, we will need...
    Speaking at the Washington International Trade Association Conference on 4 February, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that WTO rules have...
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  • February 4, 2020
    Appellate Body issues report regarding Russian measures on imported...
    On 4 February the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Ukraine in “ Russia —...
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  • February 3, 2020
    UK notifies WTO on implications of withdrawal from the...
    The United Kingdom has notified the other 163 WTO members of its status in the organization given its withdrawal...
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  • February 3, 2020
    Media accreditation for 12th Ministerial Conference is now open
    Members of the media who wish to attend the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference to be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan,...
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  • February 3, 2020
    WTO organizes regional trade policy course for French-speaking participants...
    Twenty-eight participants from 15 French-speaking African members of the WTO, as well as Haiti, are attending the two-month Regional...
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  • February 2, 2020
    WTO mourns the passing of former Director-General Mike Moore
    Mike Moore, the third Director-General of the World Trade Organization, died on Sunday 2 February at his home in...
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  • February 1, 2020
    UK notifies WTO members of withdrawal from the EU
    The United Kingdom indicated to WTO members today (1 February) that it had withdrawn from the European Union and...
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  • January 31, 2020
    Chair confident of making progress on agriculture talks ahead...
    At the first meeting in 2020 of agriculture negotiators, held on 30-31 January, the chair John Deep Ford said...
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  • January 31, 2020
    Ethiopia resumes WTO accession negotiations after eight-year pause
    Members expressed unanimous support for the resumption of Ethiopia’s WTO membership negotiations at the 4th meeting of the Working...
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  • January 30, 2020
    STDF launches 2020-2024 strategy for safe and inclusive trade
    At an event held at the WTO on 30 January, the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) launched its...
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  • January 30, 2020
    DG Azevêdo: ACP’s support is key to strengthen the...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo attended a retreat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on 30 January...
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  • January 29, 2020
    US gives USD 600,000 to help developing countries comply...
    The United States Department of Agriculture contributed USD 600,000 (approximately CHF 580,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility...
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  • January 28, 2020
    New cohort of WTO young professionals welcomed by DG...
    The WTO’s new cohort of Young Professionals was welcomed on 28 January by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. The 12 participants...
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  • January 27, 2020
    Members adopt panel ruling in Australia-Indonesia paper duty dispute
    At a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 27 January, members adopted a panel ruling in...
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  • January 27, 2020
    Advanced Trade Policy Course begins in Geneva
    Thirty participants from around the world are attending the two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) from 27 January to...
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  • January 27, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • January 24, 2020
    Joint Statement on E-commerce, Davos meeting
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  • January 24, 2020
    In Davos, DG Azevêdo hears support — and urgency...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the strong support expressed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week by ministers,...
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  • January 24, 2020
    Ministerial meeting on investment facilitation for development, Davos
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  • January 22, 2020
    Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu...
    The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu is donating TWD 4.5 million (approximately USD 150,000) in...
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  • January 20, 2020
    WTO opens NGO accreditation for Kazakhstan Ministerial Conference
    The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the 12th Ministerial Conference, which...
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  • January 18, 2020
    DDG Wolff: It is time to update the WTO...
    Addressing a group of agriculture ministers at the 12th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 18...
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  • January 17, 2020
    New WTO delegates invited to Secretariat briefing session on...
    A WTO Secretariat briefing session for new WTO delegates on the work and mission of the Council for Trade-Related...
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  • January 17, 2020
    As agreement deadline nears, first set of 2020 fisheries...
    At a 16-17 January meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members kicked off the first set of...
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  • January 16, 2020
    United States notifies decision to appeal compliance panel ruling...
    On 18 December the United States, under Article 16 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding, notified the Dispute Settlement Body...
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  • January 16, 2020
    WTO and World Bank showcase updated version of Services...
    An updated version of the Services Trade Policy Database, jointly developed by the WTO and the World Bank, was...
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  • January 15, 2020
    Austria gives EUR 200,000 to further developing countries’ negotiating...
    Austria is donating EUR 200,000 (approximately CHF 220,000) to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund in 2020 to help...
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  • January 13, 2020
    DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from...
    In a speech to Chinese university students visiting the WTO on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined that...
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  • January 13, 2020
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • December 18, 2019
    Members urge continued engagement on resolving Appellate Body issues
    WTO members vowed on 18 December to continue their efforts to resolve the impasse over the start of the...
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  • December 18, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • December 17, 2019
    Germany commits EUR 1.3 million to support trade initiatives...
    The government of Germany has committed EUR 1.3 million (just over CHF 1.4 million) to the Enhanced Integrated Framework...
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  • December 16, 2019
    Indonesia initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU biofuels measures
    Indonesia has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding measures adopted by the EU and its...
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  • December 13, 2019
    Germany gives EUR 1 million to help developing countries...
    Germany is donating EUR 1 million (just over CHF 1 million) to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund in...
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  • December 12, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes progress in investment facilitation discussions
    Invited to attend a meeting of the Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development on 12 December, Director-General Roberto...
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  • December 12, 2019
    Report shows trade restrictions by WTO members at historically...
    The Director-General’s annual overview of trade-related developments discussed on 12 December at a meeting of the Trade Policy Review...
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  • December 11, 2019
    Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on syringes
    On 11 December 2019, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 2 December 2019 a...
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  • December 10, 2019
    WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums
    WTO members meeting as the General Council agreed on 10 December to extend two existing moratoriums related to customs...
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  • December 10, 2019
    Appellate Body issues report regarding Moroccan duties on Turkish...
    On 10 December the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Turkey in “Morocco — Anti-Dumping...
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  • December 9, 2019
    DG Azevêdo to launch intensive consultations on resolving Appellate...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told a meeting of the full WTO membership on 9 December that he would launch more...
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  • December 9, 2019
    Summary of the General Council meeting
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  • December 6, 2019
    WTO members prepare to intensify fisheries subsidies negotiations in...
    At the 4-6 December meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members agreed on a work programme for...
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  • December 6, 2019
    DG Azevêdo urges WTO members to find ways forward...
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 6 December, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo emphasised that for dispute settlement...
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  • December 6, 2019
    European Union appeals second compliance panel ruling in Airbus...
    The European Union filed an appeal on 6 December concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by...
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  • December 5, 2019
    Eighth China Round Table underlines contributions of accessions to...
    The Eighth China Round Table on WTO Accessions, hosted in Moscow by the Russian Government on 4-5 December, focused...
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  • December 5, 2019
    Ecuador launches safeguard investigation on flat ceramics
    On 5 December 2019, Ecuador notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 26 November 2019 a...
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  • December 4, 2019
    Dynamic services markets need well-functioning regulatory frameworks — DG...
    Invited to attend a meeting of the Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation on 4 December 2019, Director-General Roberto...
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  • December 4, 2019
    Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes at the WTO
    Twenty-seven participants from around the world attended a two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course from 7 October to 29 November...
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  • December 4, 2019
    DDG Wolff: Acceding governments are in the vanguard of...
    Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed that acceding governments have long made systemic contributions to the international trading system, with...
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  • December 4, 2019
    WTO panel issues report on Indonesian complaint against Australian...
    On 4 December the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by Indonesia in “Australia —...
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  • December 3, 2019
    Kazakhstan submits application to join government procurement pact
    Kazakhstan’s application to start negotiating its accession to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) was announced at a meeting...
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  • December 2, 2019
    DDG Yi: Regulatory work needed to enhance trade impact...
    In his opening remarks at the Global Trade and Blockchain Forum on 2 December at the WTO, Deputy Director-General...
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  • December 2, 2019
    WTO issues panel report in second Airbus compliance proceedings
    On 2 December the WTO circulated the compliance panel report in the case brought by the European Union in...
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  • November 29, 2019
    Symposium highlights prominent role of trade in helping deal...
    The fourth Symposium on Natural Disasters and Trade held at the WTO on 29 November 2019 highlighted ways of...
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  • November 27, 2019
    Role of trade in promoting circular economy highlighted at...
    WTO members discussed how trade can help promote a circular economy which favours keeping materials in use and improving...
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  • November 27, 2019
    30 years of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism
    Remarks by DG AzevêdoAll copyrights for this article are reserved to FurnitureToday Business News
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  • November 27, 2019
    Conference marks 30 years of the WTO’s Trade Policy...
    On 27 November the WTO marked the 30th anniversary of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM), a critical tool...
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  • November 27, 2019
    European Union initiates WTO dispute case against Indonesian restrictions...
    The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with Indonesia regarding alleged export restrictions and local content subsidies adopted...
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  • November 26, 2019
    Agriculture meeting marks “turning point” as negotiations enter decisive...
    At a meeting of the Agriculture Committee in Special Session on 25-26 November, WTO members displayed renewed energy, submitting...
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  • November 25, 2019
    DG Azevêdo thanks 2019 WTO Young Professionals for their...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with the 2019 WTO Young Professionals on 25 November to thank them for their good...
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  • November 25, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Members have the opportunity to address global...
    In his remarks to a workshop organized by the governments of China, Morocco and Sri Lanka on 25 November...
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  • November 25, 2019
    DDG Wolff: WTO can play a role in supporting...
    In his opening remarks at a workshop on the circular economy and climate change organized by the governments of...
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  • November 22, 2019
    Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to enhance developing countries’ participation...
    Liechtenstein is donating CHF 40,000 in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to...
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  • November 22, 2019
    Members reiterate joint call to launch selection process for...
    A group of 117 WTO members again issued a call at the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body meeting on 22...
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  • November 22, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • November 22, 2019
    Chair urges WTO members to “move forward” on development...
    In a dedicated session of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) on 22 November, the Chair Ambassador Chad...
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  • November 21, 2019
    Trade restrictions among G20 economies remain at historic highs
    The WTO’s new Trade Monitoring Report issued on 21 November shows that G20 economies from mid-May to mid-October 2019...
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  • November 21, 2019
    DDG Wolff joins agency chiefs in underlining need to...
    WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff took part on 21 November in the “1+6” roundtable meeting in Beijing hosted by...
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  • November 21, 2019
    Members laud success of World Cotton Day launch, discuss...
    At the WTO “Cotton Days” held on 20-21 November, the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session,...
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  • November 21, 2019
    Azevêdo on World Fisheries Day: Time to end harmful...
    On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on 21 November, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on WTO Members to...
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  • November 20, 2019
    European Union initiates WTO dispute against Colombian duties on...
    The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with Colombia regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on imports of...
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  • November 20, 2019
    DDG Wolff: This is an opportunity to increase coverage...
    In a speech delivered at the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing on 20 November, Deputy Director-General Alan...
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  • November 19, 2019
    India appeals panel report regarding export promotion measures
    India filed an appeal on 19 November concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by the United...
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  • November 19, 2019
    China contributes USD 500,000 to support least-developed countries and...
    The government of China is renewing its contribution of USD 500,000 (approximately CHF 500,000) to the WTO’s Least-Developed Countries...
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  • November 18, 2019
    WTO members discuss way forward for fisheries subsidies negotiations
    At the 15 November informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO member delegations discussed the...
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  • November 18, 2019
    Goods barometer suggests world trade to remain below trend...
    World merchandise trade is expected to remain below trend into the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the WTO’s...
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  • November 18, 2019
    Training course on goods schedules for WTO accession
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  • November 18, 2019
    DDG Yi opens training course on goods schedules for...
    The second training course on goods schedules for WTO accession was opened on 18 November by Deputy Director-General Yi...
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  • November 18, 2019
    Trade Policy Review: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    The first review of the trade policies and practices of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic takes place on 18...
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  • November 15, 2019
    Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on fructose syrop
    On 15 November 2019, Indonesia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 13 November 2019 a...
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  • November 15, 2019
    India launches safeguard investigation on isopropyl alcohol
    On 15 November 2019, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 4 November 2019 a...
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  • November 15, 2019
    15th edition of Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary...
    Twenty-four government officials from around the world participated in the WTO’s three-week Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS)...
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  • November 15, 2019
    Advanced Course on Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement concludes...
    The Advanced Short Course on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement, organized jointly by the Trade and Environment...
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  • November 15, 2019
    WTO issues compliance panel report regarding US duties on...
    On 15 November the WTO circulated the compliance panel report in the case brought by India in “United States...
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  • November 14, 2019
    Norway gives NOK 20.4 million to reinforce poorer countries’...
    The government of Norway is contributing NOK 20.4 million (just over CHF 2 million) over a period of three...
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  • November 14, 2019
    Businesses want more transparent and predictable services regulations —...
    In his opening address to a workshop organized by the governments of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia...
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  • November 13, 2019
    DDG Wolff: “There is a proven correlation between...
    In a speech delivered to the 2019 Paris Peace Forum on 13 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said...
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  • November 11, 2019
    Second workshop on trade and environment held in Geneva...
    Representatives of least developed countries (LDCs) participated in a workshop on trade and environment at the WTO on 11...
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  • November 8, 2019
    SPS Committee addresses new trade concerns, hears update on...
    WTO members discussed a number of new trade concerns at the meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary...
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  • November 8, 2019
    WTO members consider EU-Japan, Turkey-Singapore trade agreements
    The European Union and Japan presented WTO members with the details of their new Economic Partnership Agreement, which entered...
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  • November 8, 2019
    New chair highlights importance of concluding fisheries subsidies negotiations
    The Negotiating Group on Rules elected on 8 November its new chair, Ambassador Santiago Wills (Colombia), who will lead...
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  • November 7, 2019
    Deadline for registering for Trade Policy Review Conference extended...
    The deadline for registering for a conference at the WTO to mark the 30th anniversary of the WTO’s Trade...
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  • November 6, 2019
    WTO members continue efforts to facilitate LDCs’ exports
    At a meeting of the Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) on 6 November 2019, WTO members focused on measures...
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  • November 5, 2019
    Luncheon on investment facilitation for development
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  • November 5, 2019
    China International Import Expo opening ceremony
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  • November 5, 2019
    Azevêdo urges ministers to step up work on the...
    Speaking at an informal meeting of trade ministers in Shanghai on 5 November, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called for WTO...
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  • November 5, 2019
    DG Azevêdo and President Xi participate in opening ceremony...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders at the opening ceremony of the second...
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  • November 5, 2019
    Registration opens for public hearing in “Canada — Measures...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine” (DS537), the...
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  • November 5, 2019
    WTO prepares for new Aid for Trade work programme,...
    On 5 November 2019, WTO members started the process of developing a new Aid for Trade work programme for...
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  • November 1, 2019
    Arbitrator issues decision in US-China anti-dumping dispute
    On 1 November, a WTO arbitrator issued its decision on the level of countermeasures China may request with respect...
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  • October 31, 2019
    Agriculture Committee adopts report on implementation of Bali decision...
    At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture on 30-31 October, WTO members adopted a report on the operation...
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  • October 31, 2019
    WTO-WHO-WIPO Symposium looks at challenges and opportunities of cutting-edge...
    Participants at a technical symposium held at the WTO on 31 October addressed the importance of cutting-edge health technologies...
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  • October 31, 2019
    Technical Symposium (WHO, WIPO and WTO): Cutting-edge health technologies...
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  • October 31, 2019
    WTO issues panel report regarding Indian export promotion measures
    On 31 October the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by the United States in “India...
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  • October 30, 2019
    Estonia gives EUR 20,000 to help poorer countries improve...
    The government of Estonia is contributing EUR 20,000 (CHF 22,000) in 2019 to help developing countries and least-developed countries...
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  • October 29, 2019
    DG Azevêdo and Kazakh Trade Minister Sultanov sign 12th...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 29 October with Bakhyt Sultanov, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Trade and Integration, who was recently...
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  • October 29, 2019
    DG Azevêdo highlights importance of sanitary and phytosanitary measures...
    Addressing the 15th edition of the WTO’s Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) on 29 October, Director-General...
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  • October 29, 2019
    Advanced Course on the WTO’s SPS Agreement
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  • October 29, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Enhanced participation of LDCs in services trade...
    On 29 October 2019, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addressed a Dedicated Session of the Council for Trade in Services to...
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  • October 29, 2019
    EIF launches analyses on 4th Industrial Revolution, climate change...
    The Trade for Development News platform of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is launching a new series of articles...
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  • October 29, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Voices of business community can help rebuild...
    Speaking at the launch of the Association of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce on 29 October 2019 at the WTO,...
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  • October 28, 2019
    Panels established to rule on Indian, Moroccan duty measures
    WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 28 October to a request from...
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  • October 28, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • October 25, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Regional and multilateral efforts are key to...
    Meeting with ministers and senior officials in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 25 October 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo discussed...
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  • October 24, 2019
    GCC launches safeguard investigation on certain steel products
    On 24 October 2019, the Sultanate of Oman as President of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of...
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  • October 23, 2019
    Norway gives NOK 12 million to help poorer countries...
    The government of Norway is contributing NOK 12 million (approximately CHF 1.3 million) in 2019 to help developing countries...
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  • October 23, 2019
    China submits revised offer for joining government procurement pact
    At an informal meeting of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee on 23 October 2019, China introduced to...
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  • October 22, 2019
    Trade Policy Review: Peru
    The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Peru takes place on 22 and 24 October 2019....
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  • October 21, 2019
    DDG Wolff: I am fundamentally optimistic about future of...
    Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on 21 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff...
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  • October 18, 2019
    WTO members examine impact of direct shipment requirements on...
    The impact of product rules of origin on the use of tariff preferences by least developed countries (LDCs) was...
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  • October 18, 2019
    WTO pays tribute to former Appellate Body member Luiz...
    Luiz Olavo Baptista, a former member of the WTO’s Appellate Body, passed away in Sao Paulo on 18 October....
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  • October 18, 2019
    Members debate way forward on non-violation complaints at TRIPS...
    WTO members could not agree on a way forward regarding non-violation complaints at the meeting of the Council for...
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  • October 17, 2019
    New rules of origin initiative to help firms better...
    The World Trade Organization is partnering with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) in an...
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  • October 17, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: We’re in danger of forgetting the...
    At an event in Washington on 17 October to mark the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, WTO...
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  • October 16, 2019
    General Council elects Chair for 12th Ministerial Conference
    At a General Council meeting on 16 October, WTO members formally elected Bakhyt Sultanov, Kazakhstan’s Minister Of Trade and...
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  • October 14, 2019
    DDG Wolff: The multilateral trading system will endure and...
    Speaking at a conference on global trade held at Chatham House, London, on 14 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff...
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  • October 14, 2019
    Online registration opens for conference to mark 30 years...
    Online registration is now open for a conference to be held on 27 November 2019 at the WTO to...
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  • October 14, 2019
    Members give US green light to impose countermeasures on...
    WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 14 October to authorize the United...
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  • October 14, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • October 14, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: “People recognize things are happening here. They...
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 14 October, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo observed that members had barely...
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  • October 11, 2019
    New book shares lessons learned from helping labour markets...
    A WTO publication on policies implemented by governments to help labour markets adjust to globalization was launched at the...
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  • October 11, 2019
    Forum participants look at how statistics can better capture...
    What is the value of electronic commerce trade, and how much of that is being traded digitally? How can...
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  • October 11, 2019
    Public Forum reflects on how to adapt to services-based...
    At the 2019 WTO Public Forum, many discussions focused on how to adapt to a new trading environment marked...
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  • October 11, 2019
    Facilitators consult members on latest fisheries subsidies proposals
    In an informal session of the Trade Negotiations Committee dedicated to fisheries subsidies, facilitators held consultations open to all...
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  • October 9, 2019
    DDG Wolff: Acceding countries are best champions of trading...
    Speaking at a session on “Trade for peace through WTO accessions” at the Public Forum on 9 October, Deputy...
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  • October 9, 2019
    World Trade Report launch 2019
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  • October 9, 2019
    World Trade Report sees increasing role for services trade,...
    The 2019 edition of the WTO’s World Trade Report highlights that services have become the most dynamic component of...
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  • October 8, 2019
    High-level panel highlights urgent need for WTO deal to...
    The world must act now to secure a global deal to end harmful fisheries subsidies, panellists said at a...
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  • October 8, 2019
    “2020 Vision: How Successful Conclusion of Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations...
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  • October 8, 2019
    DG Azevêdo says trading system needs to adapt to...
    In his welcome remarks to the Opening Plenary of the 2019 Public Forum on 8 October, WTO Director-General Roberto...
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  • October 8, 2019
    Public Forum 2019: Opening plenary session
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  • October 8, 2019
    Youth perspective on trade takes central stage at Public...
    Millennials and Generation Z, and their unique perspective on the challenges the world of trade is facing today, took...
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  • October 7, 2019
    Conference affirms support for initiatives to aid cotton producers...
    Representatives from cotton producing economies, donor governments and international development partners met at WTO headquarters in Geneva on 7...
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  • October 7, 2019
    Azevêdo stresses central role of cotton in developing countries...
    In opening World Cotton Day at the WTO on 7 October, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo underlined the importance of cotton...
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  • October 7, 2019
    World Cotton Day launch event
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  • October 7, 2019
    Registration opens for public viewing of oral hearing in...
    Following a request from Canada and the United States in the dispute “United States — Countervailing Measures on Supercalendered...
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  • October 2, 2019
    Panel hearings in “US — Steel and Aluminium Products”...
    At the request of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and the United States, the panels in the disputes “US...
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  • October 2, 2019
    Panel hearing in “US — Steel and Aluminium Products”...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “ US — Steel and Aluminium Products (Switzerland) (DS556), the...
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  • October 2, 2019
    Panel hearing in “US — Steel and Aluminium Products”...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “ US — Steel and Aluminium Products (Norway) (DS552), the...
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  • October 2, 2019
    Panel hearing in “US — Steel and Aluminium Products”...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “ US — Steel and Aluminium Products (EU) (DS548), the...
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  • October 2, 2019
    Arbitrator issues decision in Airbus subsidy dispute
    On 2 October, a WTO arbitrator issued its decision on the level of countermeasures the United States may request...
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  • October 1, 2019
    WTO lowers trade forecast as tensions unsettle global economy
    Escalating trade tensions and a slowing global economy have led WTO economists to sharply downgrade their forecasts for trade...
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  • October 1, 2019
    Chancellor Merkel, DG Azevêdo and other agency heads discuss...
    WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo took part in a meeting hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 1 October in...
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  • September 30, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • September 30, 2019
    Azevêdo: Inclusive growth means closing gender gaps
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo took part in the International Forum on Women and Trade in Brussels on 30 September, where...
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  • September 30, 2019
    India launches safeguard investigation on single mode optical fibre
    On 30 September 2019, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 23 September 2019 a...
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  • September 30, 2019
    Panel established to review Turkish pharmaceutical measures
    WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 30 September to a request from...
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  • September 30, 2019
    WTO members engage in exploratory talks on market access...
    WTO services negotiators debated market access issues relating to environmental services based on a new communication tabled by Australia,...
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  • September 30, 2019
    Course on trade in value-added statistics and global value...
    Thirty statisticians and trade analysts from developing economies took part in the WTO’s third thematic course on Trade in...
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  • September 27, 2019
    Lawyers Institute of São Paulo (IASP) event
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  • September 27, 2019
    Opening event of the Brazilian branch of the Chartered...
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  • September 27, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: A strong trading system is key to...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo discussed the importance of a strong trading system to help Brazil’s global economic integration strategies during...
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  • September 23, 2019
    Course for least-developed countries gets under way at the...
    Twenty-six capital-based government officials from 18 least-developed countries (LDCs) are attending a course taking place at the WTO from...
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  • September 20, 2019
    Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on fabrics, on yarn and...
    On 20 September 2019, Indonesia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 18 September 2019 three...
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  • September 20, 2019
    Advanced course on trade in services concludes at WTO
    A total of 27 participants from across the world are participating in the fifth Advanced Course on Trade in...
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  • September 20, 2019
    Advanced Course on Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO...
    Twenty-seven participants from around the world are attending an Advanced Course on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and the WTO...
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  • September 19, 2019
    Public Forum programme is now available
    This year’s Public Forum, entitled “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”, will feature 136 sessions to be held...
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  • September 19, 2019
    DDG Wolff: Multilateral trading system is essential to economic...
    In a speech delivered at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, on 17 September, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined...
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  • September 18, 2019
    Trade Policy Review: Costa Rica
    The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Costa Rica takes place on 18 and 20 September...
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  • September 17, 2019
    Members review regional trade agreements of Pacific Alliance, EAEU...
    WTO members reviewed three regional trade agreements (RTAs) at the meeting of the Committee on RTAs on 17 September....
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  • September 16, 2019
    Registration opens for public hearing in “US — Countervailing...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS533),...
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  • September 16, 2019
    Korea initiates WTO dispute complaint against Japanese export measures
    Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with Japan concerning measures imposed by Japan affecting the export of products and...
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  • September 16, 2019
    Last day to register for the Public Forum
    Today (16 September) is the last day to register for this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending...
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  • September 16, 2019
    New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second...
    World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services...
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  • September 13, 2019
    DDG Wolff: International cooperation must balance freedom of action...
    Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff addressed the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia on 13 September, where he spoke...
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  • September 13, 2019
    The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on rice
    On 13 September 2019, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 September 2019...
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  • September 13, 2019
    New fisheries subsidies proposals considered ahead of December target...
    WTO members considered new proposals for limiting harmful fisheries subsidies at meetings held on 9-13 September. The meetings were...
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  • September 12, 2019
    Twenty-fifth anniversary of the conclusion of the Uruguay Round
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  • September 12, 2019
    DG Azevêdo marks 25th anniversary of conclusion of Uruguay...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo praised Uruguay’s continued leadership in the multilateral trading system during his visit to Montevideo on 12...
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  • September 12, 2019
    WTO announces winners of 2019 Essay Award for Young...
    The winners of the 2019 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists are Jan Bakker of Oxford University and Federico...
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  • September 12, 2019
    Canada files WTO dispute complaint against Chinese import restrictions...
    Canada has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning measures imposed by China affecting the importation of canola seed...
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  • September 12, 2019
    Appellate Body issues report regarding Ukrainian duties on ammonium...
    On 12 September the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by the Russian Federation in “Ukraine...
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  • September 11, 2019
    India launches safeguard investigation on phenol
    On 11 September 2019, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 23 August 2019 a...
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  • September 11, 2019
    Trade Policy Review: Suriname
    The third review of the trade policies and practices of Suriname takes place on 11 and 13 September 2019....
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  • September 10, 2019
    DDG Wolff: Multilateral trading system is vitally important to...
    Speaking at a conference held at the Institute for International Trade in Adelaide on 10 September, Deputy Director-General Alan...
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  • September 10, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • September 10, 2019
    Appellate Body issues report regarding Korean duties on Japanese...
    On 10 September the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by Japan in “ Korea —...
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  • September 9, 2019
    Chinese Taipei initiates WTO dispute complaint against Indian tech...
    Chinese Taipei has requested dispute consultations with India regarding duties imposed by India on imports of certain information and...
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  • September 9, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia to the WTO on 9 September. The two...
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  • September 9, 2019
    Thailand appeals second compliance panel report regarding Thai cigarette...
    Thailand filed an appeal on 9 September concerning the WTO compliance panel report in the case brought by the...
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  • September 5, 2019
    Ukraine Launches Safeguard Investigation on “Certain Nitrogen Fertilizers”
    On 5 September 2019, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 August 2019 a...
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  • September 4, 2019
    Trilateral Symposium to address opportunities and challenges of cutting-edge...
    The 8th joint Technical Symposium, organized by the WTO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property...
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  • September 4, 2019
    China initiates WTO dispute against additional US duties on...
    China has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning additional duties imposed by the United States on...
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  • September 4, 2019
    Guatemala Launches Safeguard Investigation on Flat-rolled Products
    On 4 September 2019, Guatemala notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated a safeguard investigation on 27...
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  • September 2, 2019
    Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on “complex fertilizers”
    On 2 September 2019, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 August 2019 a...
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  • September 2, 2019
    World Cotton Day registration closes on 20 September
    Online registration for the WTO launch of World Cotton Day must be completed no later than 20 September 2019....
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  • September 1, 2019
    Jordan launches safeguard investigation on potato chips
    On 3 September 2019, Jordan notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 September 2019 a...
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  • August 29, 2019
    Public Forum registration closes on 16 September
    Online registration for this year’s Public Forum must be completed no later than 16 September 2019. Last minute and...
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  • August 27, 2019
    Madagascar launches three safeguard investigations
    On 27 August, Madagascar notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated three safeguard investigations: on soaps; on...
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  • August 25, 2019
    DG Azevêdo tells G7 leaders: WTO reform is opportunity...
    At the G7 Summit in Biarritz on August 25 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told G7 leaders that WTO...
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  • August 22, 2019
    Registration opens for public hearing in “EU — Additional...
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “European Union — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the...
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  • August 15, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • August 15, 2019
    United States appeals panel report regarding renewable energy measures
    The United States filed an appeal on 15 August concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by...
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  • August 15, 2019
    Revamped trade indicator suggests further weakening of goods trade...
    The growth of world merchandise trade volumes is likely to remain weak in the third quarter of 2019 according...
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  • August 15, 2019
    New panels established to review US solar cell duties,...
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 15 August, WTO members agreed to a request from...
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  • August 9, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • August 9, 2019
    Korean request for retaliation against US in dumping dispute...
    A Korean request for authorization to retaliate against the United States in a dispute over US anti-dumping measures has...
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  • July 31, 2019
    Australia donates over AUD 1 million to support SPS...
    Australia is donating over AUD 1 million (approximately CHF 705,000) to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) engage more...
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  • July 31, 2019
    WTO launches trade in services dataset by sector and...
    The WTO on 31 July launched a new dataset covering the services exports and imports of 200 economies from...
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  • July 29, 2019
    WTO issues 2019 editions of flagship statistical publications
    The WTO issued today (29 July) the latest editions of its annual statistical publications, the “World Trade Statistical Review”...
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  • July 26, 2019
    Workshop on trade and environment held in Geneva for...
    Some 30 representatives of least developed countries (LDCs) resident in Geneva participated in a workshop on trade and environment...
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  • July 26, 2019
    Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes in Geneva
    Thirty participants attended a two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) in French from 3 June to 26 July 2019...
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  • July 23, 2019
    Provisional programme for 2019 Public Forum now available
    This year’s Public Forum, entitled “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”, will feature 137 sessions focusing on how...
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  • July 23, 2019
    Summary of General Council
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  • July 22, 2019
    Informal Trade Policy Review Body meeting — trade monitoring...
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  • July 22, 2019
    Trade-restrictive measures continue at historically high level
    Trade flows hit by new restrictions implemented by WTO members continued at a historically high level between mid-October 2018...
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  • July 22, 2019
    Madagascar launches safeguard investigation on pasta
    On 22 July 2019, Madagascar notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it had decided to initiate on 18...
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  • July 22, 2019
    Members consider requests for panels to review US safeguard...
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 22 July, WTO members considered a request from China...
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  • July 22, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • July 19, 2019
    Members address trade concerns, promote transparency in SPS Committee
    In a meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures on 18-19 July 2019, WTO members discussed...
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  • July 19, 2019
    Azevêdo: WTO reform is already happening
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 19 July, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reported on the debate about...
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  • July 18, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes progress in discussions on investment facilitation
    Speaking at a meeting of the Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development on 18 July, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo...
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  • July 18, 2019
    “WTO Ministerial Conferences: Key Outcomes” book launch
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  • July 18, 2019
    New book highlights key outcomes from WTO Ministerial Conferences
    A new book containing all the key results from WTO Ministerial Conferences since the organization was established in 1995...
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  • July 17, 2019
    STDF responding to needs of developing countries in building...
    The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is responding to the needs of developing countries by improving their capacity...
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  • July 17, 2019
    WTO launches “Trading for Impact“’ video contest
    The WTO is inviting young people to take part in a video contest aimed at showcasing their stories, hopes...
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  • July 17, 2019
    WTO members prepare for intensified fisheries subsidies negotiations in...
    At the 8-12 July meetings on fisheries subsidies of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members endorsed working papers...
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  • July 16, 2019
    DDG Wolff: The opportunity for reform of the trading...
    Speaking at an event held at the Banque de France Conference Centre in Paris on 16 July to mark...
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  • July 16, 2019
    DDG Agah: International community must redouble efforts to help...
    Speaking at the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York on 16...
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  • July 16, 2019
    Appellate Body issues report on US compliance with countervailing...
    On 16 July the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by China in “United States —...
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  • July 15, 2019
    Trade Policy Review: North Macedonia
    The second review of the trade policies and practices of North Macedonia takes place on 15 and 17 July...
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  • July 12, 2019
    WTO issues second compliance panel report regarding Thai measures...
    On 12 July 2019 the WTO circulated the panel report in the compliance case initiated by the Philippines in...
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  • July 11, 2019
    Belarus reaffirms intent to complete WTO accession by next...
    At the 12th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Belarus on 11 July, a high-level government...
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  • July 11, 2019
    WTO issues panel reports regarding US measures on Canadian,...
    On 11 July the WTO circulated two panel report in the cases brought by Canada and Mexico in “United...
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  • July 11, 2019
    WTO issues panel reports regarding Canadian, Mexican duties on...
    On 11 July the WTO circulated two panel report in the cases brought by the United States in “Canada...
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  • July 10, 2019
    Follow-up Session begins for 14th Advanced Course on Sanitary...
    19 experts from nine Latin American countries are participating in the Follow-Up Session on the 14th edition of the...
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  • July 9, 2019
    Russia initiates WTO dispute against US dumping duties on...
    The Russian Federation has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning the continued application of US anti-dumping...
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  • July 9, 2019
    Costa Rica launches safeguard investigation on white sugar
    On 9 July 2019, Costa Rica notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated a safeguard investigation on...
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  • July 5, 2019
    WTO advanced course on economic analysis of trade policy...
    Twenty four participants from developing countries attended the WTO Advanced Course on the Economic Analysis of Trade Policy in...
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  • July 5, 2019
    Azevêdo: Let’s ensure Aid for Trade initiative continues to...
    The seventh Global Review of Aid for Trade entitled “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment” wrapped up on 5 July,...
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  • July 5, 2019
    Aid for Trade must adapt to evolving needs of...
    Trade initiatives must keep up with the evolving needs of developing countries and environmental protection to remain relevant and...
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  • July 4, 2019
    Economic diversification and empowerment of women key to bridge...
    Economic diversification and empowerment of women are key to achieve a fairer and more efficient trading environment, speakers at...
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  • July 4, 2019
    United States initiates WTO dispute against Indian duties on...
    The United States has requested WTO dispute consultations with India concerning additional duties applied by India on certain imports...
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  • July 4, 2019
    “Economic Diversification and the Blue Economy — What Role...
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  • July 3, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed Prime Minister Hun Sen to the WTO on 3 July on the occasion of the...
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  • July 3, 2019
    More work needed to tackle barriers women entrepreneurs face...
    Women entrepreneurs play a vital part in the world economy but more must be done to dismantle barriers to...
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  • July 3, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: E-commerce needs to be a force for...
    Addressing a session on “Making e-commerce work for all” at the Global Review of Aid for Trade on 3...
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  • July 3, 2019
    Aid for Trade Review opens with call to preserve...
    The seventh Global Review of Aid for Trade opened at the World Trade Organization on 3 July with a...
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  • July 3, 2019
    WTO-IFC publication launch: “Trade Finance and the Compliance Challenge:...
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  • July 3, 2019
    Aid for Trade Global Review — “Seeing Impact and...
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  • July 3, 2019
    Six countries announce USD 13 million to support trade...
    The governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan and Sweden plan to commit approximately USD 13 million to the...
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  • July 3, 2019
    New WTO-IFC report showcases international cooperation in addressing trade...
    The lack of availability of trade finance is severely hindering the trade opportunities of small businesses in developing countries...
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  • July 3, 2019
    WTO/OECD report highlights unique contribution of TBT/SPS Agreements to...
    The WTO Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS),...
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  • July 3, 2019
    OECD-WTO publication launch: “Facilitating Trade through Regulatory Cooperation: The...
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  • July 2, 2019
    WTO issues new edition of World Tariff Profiles
    The WTO issued today (2 July) the latest edition of World Tariff Profiles, an annual publication jointly produced with...
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  • July 1, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Global cooperation on digital economy vital to...
    Electronic commerce has great potential to boost the economic empowerment of women but only if the right conditions are...
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  • June 29, 2019
    Azevêdo welcomes G20 leaders’ reaffirmation of commitment to WTO...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo strongly welcomed the communiqué agreed by G20 leaders at the summit in Osaka, Japan on 29...
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  • June 28, 2019
    Azevêdo joins Prime Minister Abe and other leaders to...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined Prime Minister Abe and other G20 leaders at a side event during the G20 summit...
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  • June 28, 2019
    WTO seminar for Latin American journalists concludes in Geneva
    Seventeen journalists from major Latin American media outlets attended a seminar organized by the WTO from 24 to 28...
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  • June 28, 2019
    WTO opens online registration for World Cotton Day
    Online registration for the WTO launch of World Cotton Day on 7 October 2019 is now open. The WTO...
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  • June 27, 2019
    DDG Wolff: WTO important in ensuring robust connections within...
    Speaking at the WTO’s Agriculture Symposium on 27 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the importance of WTO rules...
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  • June 27, 2019
    WTO issues panel report regarding US state measures for...
    On 27 June the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by India in “United States —...
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  • June 26, 2019
    Parties welcome new observers to WTO government procurement committee
    Parties to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) welcomed Ecuador and the Philippines as new observers to the GPA...
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  • June 25, 2019
    DDG Wolff: The trading system faces severe challenges but...
    Speaking at a Conference on the Future of Trade in London on 26 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined...
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  • June 25, 2019
    WTO members review progress of Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation
    WTO members discussed the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the meeting of the Committee on Trade...
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  • June 24, 2019
    Panels to review US duties on Spanish olives, Indonesian...
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 24 June, WTO members agreed to a request from...
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  • June 24, 2019
    Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of...
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on...
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  • June 24, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: Research vital in making the balanced case...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in opening the seventh annual WTO/World Bank/IMF Trade Conference at the WTO headquarters on 24 June,...
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  • June 24, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria to...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria to the WTO on 24 June. The two discussed current...
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  • June 24, 2019
    WTO report shows trade restrictions among G20 continuing at...
    The WTO’s 21st Monitoring Report on G20 trade measures issued on 24 June shows that the trade coverage of...
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  • June 20, 2019
    DG Azevêdo welcomes His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium...
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium to the WTO on 20 June. The two discussed...
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  • June 20, 2019
    Regional Trade Policy Course under way in Trinidad and...
    Twenty-two participants are attending the two-month Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for Caribbean members and observers of the WTO....
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  • June 19, 2019
    DG Azevêdo: “WTO reform and development are intrinsically linked”
    Speaking at a retreat organised by China on 19 June addressing the theme of development and WTO reform, Director-General...
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