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22 ноября, 19:44

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 22 November 2019, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

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22 ноября, 19:44

Liechtenstein gives CHF 40,000 to enhance developing countries’ participation in world trade

Liechtenstein is donating CHF 40,000 in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to increase their trade negotiating skills.

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21 ноября, 20:00

DDG Wolff joins agency chiefs in underlining need to strengthen the trading system

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WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff took part on 21 November in the “1+6” roundtable meeting in Beijing hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attended by heads of major international economic organizations and financial institutions (the IMF, World Bank, ILO, OECD and the Financial Stability Board). Participants exchanged views on the world economy and global economic governance and stressed the need to maintain and strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system.

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21 ноября, 19:47

Azevêdo on World Fisheries Day: Time to end harmful fishing subsidies

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On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on 21 November, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on WTO members to curb the harmful subsidies that encourage overfishing and inflict great damage on the marine environment.

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21 ноября, 19:47

Trade restrictions among G20 economies remain at historic highs

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The WTO’s new Trade Monitoring Report issued on 21 November shows that G20 economies from mid-May to mid-October 2019 introduced import-restrictive measures covering an estimated USD 460.4 billion worth of traded merchandise. This represents a 37% increase over the previous period going back to mid-October 2018, and is second only to the USD 480.9 billion coverage of import-restricting measures reported between mid-May and mid-October 2018. The report notes that with restrictions accumulating over time, the share of global trade covered by such measures has soared. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on G20 economies to de-escalate trade tensions to spur investment, growth and job creation.

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20 ноября, 20:00

DDG Wolff: This is an opportunity to increase coverage and benefits of global trading system

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In a speech delivered at the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing on 20 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff spoke about the current state of the WTO and its future outlook. He highlighted the challenges facing the multilateral trading system but also the opportunities for multilateral progress to be made. He said: “Current challenges must not be allowed to obscure the need for a closer look at the system as it exists today and how it might be improved.” This is what he said:

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20 ноября, 20:00

European Union initiates WTO dispute against Colombian duties on frozen fries

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The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with Colombia regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on imports of frozen fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The request was circulated to WTO members on 20 November.

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19 ноября, 20:00

India appeals panel report regarding export promotion measures

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India filed an appeal on 19 November concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by the United States in “India — Export Related Measures” (DS541). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 31 October 2019.

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19 ноября, 20:00

China contributes USD 500,000 to support least-developed countries and WTO accession

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The government of China is renewing its contribution of USD 500,000 (approximately CHF 500,000) to the WTO’s Least-Developed Countries and Accessions Programme (also known as the “China Programme”) in 2019. The contribution was confirmed at a signing ceremony with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and China’s WTO Ambassador, Xiangchen Zhang, on 18 November 2019.

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18 ноября, 20:00

Training course on goods schedules for WTO accession

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Opening remarks by DDG Yi

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18 ноября, 20:00

DDG Yi opens training course on goods schedules for WTO accession

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The second training course on goods schedules for WTO accession was opened on 18 November by Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun, who stressed that increasing the membership of the WTO has always been a priority as it extends the coverage of multilateral trade rules and market access. Twenty-one participants from around the world are attending the one-week course organized jointly by the Accessions Division and the Economic Research and Statistics Division, with the support of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation.

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18 ноября, 20:00

Goods barometer suggests world trade to remain below trend as tensions take toll

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World merchandise trade is expected to remain below trend into the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the WTO’s latest Goods Trade Barometer. The indicator’s reading of 96.6 marks a slight improvement compared to the 95.7 registered in August, but it remains well below the index’s baseline value of 100, signalling below average growth.