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22 июня, 19:00

Canada donates CAD 200,000 to support food safety, animal/plant health standards and trade

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Canada is contributing CAD 200,000 (approximately CHF 150,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in 2017 to help developing countries comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards and therefore access agricultural markets more easily. The donation will help developing and least-developed countries improve their sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity.

21 июня, 20:00

Solid progress in talks on Australia’s accession to the Government Procurement Agreement

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Work to complete Australia’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) has intensified and is nearing final stages. The accessions of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to the Agreement are advancing steadily as well, informal discussions in the Committee on Government Procurement on 21 June 2017 have confirmed. The accession negotiations of Russia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia kicked off at the meeting.

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20 июня, 20:00

Azevêdo: Trade is a force for women’s economic empowerment

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Speaking at the International Forum on Women and Trade in Brussels on 20 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the playing field needed to be levelled for women around the world so that they can fully seize the benefits of trade.

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20 июня, 19:17

WTO opens NGO accreditation for Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference

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The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the Eleventh Ministerial Conference, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 13 December 2017.

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20 июня, 19:17

Germany donates EUR 1 million to help developing countries participate in trade talks

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The government of Germany is contributing EUR 1 million (approximately CHF 1,100,000) to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) enhance their trade negotiating skills. WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah met with Germany’s Alternate Ambassador to the WTO, Walter Werner, on 20 June 2017 to mark Germany’s donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund.

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20 июня, 19:17

Azevêdo: Parliamentarians play a particularly important role in the work of the WTO

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It is through you, as parliamentarians, that we hear the voices of the people that we are here to serve, said Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in an address to the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade in Brussels on 20 June. He highlighted that the WTO has developed a strong partnership with the European Parliament over the years and looked forward to continued engagement and partnership to “help ensure that the global trading system is truly inclusive and responsive to people’s needs”.

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19 июня, 20:00

Panels established to rule on US subsidy duties, Colombia’s compliance with tariff ruling

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At its meeting on 19 June, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to the establishment of two new dispute panels: one to review a complaint filed by Turkey against US countervailing duties on imports of Turkish steel pipes and tubes; and the second to review Colombia’s compliance with an earlier WTO ruling regarding tariffs on imports of textiles, apparel and footwear from Panama.

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19 июня, 20:00

Course on priority issues for least-developed countries under way at WTO

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Twenty-two government officials from least-developed countries (LDCs) in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are taking part in a course entitled “Priority Issues for LDCs in the Multilateral Trading System” at the WTO from 19 to 23 June 2017. This course, which has been specifically designed for LDCs, is the second of its kind organized by the WTO.

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19 июня, 18:02

Azevêdo: We must ensure trade, climate change policies reinforce and strengthen each other

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Speaking at a workshop on trade and climate change held at the WTO on 19 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the WTO has an important role to play in examining the growing policy links between trade and climate change. For the WTO to play its full part, he said, “members must continue to deepen their dialogue, identify where the challenges lie, what current practices are, and of course – what the WTO can bring to the table”.

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16 июня, 13:14

Registration opens for public viewing of oral hearing in “US — Tax Incentives” appeal

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At the request of the United States in the dispute United States – Conditional Tax Incentives for Large Civil Aircraft (DS487), the Appellate Body Division in these appellate proceedings has authorized observation of the oral hearing by WTO members and the general public via delayed broadcast. The broadcast of the opening statements will take place on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 at 10 a.m at WTO headquarters in Geneva.

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15 июня, 20:00

WTO website offers easier access to members’ rules of origin

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WTO members and the general public will now be able to directly access members’ legislation and practices related to rules of origin thanks to changes made in the WTO’s rules of origin webpage. The revised webpage also contains updated information on the current work of the WTO’s Committee on Rules of Origin.

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15 июня, 17:38

Advanced Trade Policy Course under way in Geneva

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Twenty-five participants from around the world are attending the two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course from 6 June to 28 July 2017 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. This course is aimed at strengthening the autonomy of participants in areas such as the analysis, formulation and implementation of trade policy, trade negotiations, WTO dispute settlement and trade monitoring.