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22 января, 21:18

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 27 January 2020, 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 января, 19:57

Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu gives TWD 4.5 million for LDCs at Ministerial Conference

The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu is donating TWD 4.5 million (approximately USD 150,000) in 2020 to help least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which will take place on 8-11 June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The donation was acknowledged by WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah at a meeting with Dr Yu-Ping Lien, Chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to the WTO, on 21 January 2020.

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20 января, 20:00

WTO opens NGO accreditation for Kazakhstan Ministerial Conference

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The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the 12th Ministerial Conference, which will be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from 8 to 11 June 2020.

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18 января, 20:00

DDG Wolff: It is time to update the WTO rulebook for agriculture

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Addressing a group of agriculture ministers at the 12th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 18 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the need to harness the power of multilateral trade agreements to meet the complex challenges facing the agricultural sector. In the run-up to the 12th Ministerial Conference in June, ministers need to work together, he said, to reform WTO rules. This would not only result in increased production in a sustainable manner but would also have a positive impact on the environment. This is what he said:

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17 января, 20:00

As agreement deadline nears, first set of 2020 fisheries subsidies talks get under way

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At a 16-17 January meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members kicked off the first set of 2020 meetings aimed at securing a global agreement on reducing harmful fisheries subsidies by the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan in June. Among other issues, members discussed a new proposal from Canada on prohibiting subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and special flexibilities for developing and least developed countries to help them implement a future deal.

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17 января, 19:54

New WTO delegates invited to Secretariat briefing session on the TRIPS Council

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A WTO Secretariat briefing session for new WTO delegates on the work and mission of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) will be held on 28 January. The aim of the briefing is helping delegates prepare for TRIPS Council meetings and become familiarized with the various online tools available to receive, submit and access TRIPS-related information.

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16 января, 20:00

United States notifies decision to appeal compliance panel ruling in steel dispute with India

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On 18 December the United States, under Article 16 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding, notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal issues of law and legal interpretations developed by the WTO compliance panel in its report in the case brought by India in “United States — Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India” (DS436). The compliance panel report was circulated to WTO members on 15 November (WT/DS436/RW and WT/DS436/RW/Add.1).

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16 января, 20:00

WTO and World Bank showcase updated version of Services Trade Policy Database

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An updated version of the Services Trade Policy Database, jointly developed by the WTO and the World Bank, was presented at the WTO on 16 January. The database now contains new information on the services trade policies and regulations applied by 68 economies and incorporates data on 23 sub-sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, distribution, transport and professional services.

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15 января, 19:58

Austria gives EUR 200,000 to further developing countries’ negotiating capacity

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Austria is donating EUR 200,000 (approximately CHF 220,000) to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to increase their trade negotiating skills.

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13 января, 20:00

DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from the China that joined the WTO in 2001

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In a speech to Chinese university students visiting the WTO on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined that China’s accession to the WTO accelerated the country’s process of internal economic reform. He said that the multilateral trading system provides the essential international legal structure to assure China’s economic future through trade and encouraged China to use its extensive expertise with respect to the WTO to help the organization update its rulebook and maintain the value of the global trading system. This is what he said:

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11 января, 15:33

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 13 January 2020, 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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08 января, 19:48

Panel report adopted regarding Moroccan measures on hot-rolled steel from Turkey

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At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 8 January, WTO members formally adopted the panel and Appellate Body reports in a case brought by Turkey regarding anti-dumping measures imposed by Morocco on imports of certain hot-rolled steel products from Turkey.