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14 декабря, 03:01

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

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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 18 December 2018, 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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13 декабря, 19:15

Appellate Body issues report regarding Brazil tax measures

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On 13 December the Appellate Body issued its report in the cases by the European Union and Japan in “Brazil — Certain Measures Concerning Taxation and Charges” (DS472 and DS497).

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11 декабря, 20:00

DG Azevêdo meets non-resident members and observers participating in ‘Geneva Week’

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with Geneva Week participants today (11 December) to welcome them to Geneva and brief them on the WTO’s current work and priorities. In an open discussion, issues raised included the value of the WTO for small and vulnerable economies, the impasse in the Appellate Body and the growing debate on WTO reform. ‘Geneva Week’ is a biannual event organized for WTO members and observers who do not have permanent missions in Geneva.

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11 декабря, 20:00

DG Azevêdo: Economic research vital to strengthen trade cooperation

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Addressing a WTO economic conference on 11 December 2018, entitled ‘Updating Trade Cooperation: An Economic View’, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo argued that current trade tensions provide an opportunity for the rules-based multilateral trading system to prove its value and for reforms to be deliberated in response to the evolving global economy. Sound analysis and strong evidence are vital in this effort, DG Azevêdo said in opening the conference, which looks at pressing issues in international trade cooperation from an economic angle. DG Azevêdo’s full speech is available below.

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11 декабря, 19:50

WTO-World Bank joint publication highlights need for policies to maximize trade gains for extreme poor

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Trade has made a significant contribution to poverty reduction but further integration of developing countries into international markets and policies to share the gains from trade more widely will be essential for further reducing poverty and ensuring that no one is left behind, according to a joint publication by the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization launched today (11 December).

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11 декабря, 19:50

Report shows sharp rise in the coverage of trade-restrictive measures from WTO members

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The Director-General’s annual overview on trade-related developments presented to members on 11 December at a meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB) shows a significant increase in trade coverage of trade restrictive measures by WTO members from mid-October 2017 to mid-October 2018. While members continued to implement trade-facilitating measures, the trade coverage of the import-restrictive measures was more than seven times larger than that recorded in the previous annual overview. The report provides the first WTO-wide factual insight into the trade restrictive measures imposed in the context of current trade tensions and calls on WTO members to use all means at their disposal to de-escalate the situation.

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10 декабря, 20:00

US donates USD 600,000 to help developing countries benefit from WTO rules

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The government of the United States has contributed USD 600,000 (over CHF 600,000) in 2018 to help developing countries and least-developed countries participate effectively in the WTO’s system of trade rules.

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10 декабря, 20:00

Thailand initiates WTO dispute complaint against Turkish duties on air conditioners

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Thailand has requested WTO dispute consultations with Turkey concerning an additional duty imposed by Turkey on imported air conditioners from Thailand. Thailand’s request was circulated to WTO members on 10 December.

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10 декабря, 20:00

DG Azevêdo: “2019 will be a moment to renew and strengthen the WTO”

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At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 10 December, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo discussed the outlook for the WTO, stressing that members must work to ease tensions and respond to other systemic issues while also continuing to advance work in other areas. He said that 2019 would be a moment to “turn the challenges that we face into an opportunity to renew and to strengthen the WTO for the years to come.”

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07 декабря, 20:00

The Netherlands gives EUR 6,400,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading skills

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The government of the Netherlands is contributing a total of EUR 6,400,000 (CHF 7,250,000) to WTO trade-related programmes over the period 2018-2022 to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in multilateral trade negotiations and enhance their access to agricultural markets.

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07 декабря, 20:00

WTO members debate Chair’s proposed work plan for farm talks and discuss way forward

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A proposed work plan submitted by the Chair of the farm trade talks, Ambassador John Deep Ford, was discussed by WTO members at the Agriculture Committee’s Special Session meeting on 7 December. Under the proposal, seven sub-plenary working groups will be launched starting in January 2019 to try out a new model for advancing the negotiations. Members also continued thematic discussions on domestic support and public stockholding for food security purposes.