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11 августа, 19:17

DDG Wolff: The future belongs to trade agreements of varying geometries

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The multilateral trading system, along with regional and bilateral trade agreements, all share the task of regulating global trade, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 11 August. Speaking at a virtual event organized by the American Association of Exporters and Importers on the question of whether the future of trade is multilateral or bilateral, DDG Wolff said the clear answer is both as the world becomes smaller and integration more complex. His remarks are below.

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05 августа, 19:01

WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women

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Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new information note from the WTO Secretariat. The paper points to how governments’ policy responses could address gender-specific effects of the crisis.

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31 июля, 20:00

WTO members adopt report on food safety, animal and plant health, paving way for new work

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WTO members have adopted the Report of the Fifth Review of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), paving the way for the organization to tackle new work and continue existing activities related to food safety and animal and plant health.

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31 июля, 18:50

WTO issues 2020 edition of its flagship statistical publication

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The WTO issued today (31 July) the latest edition of its annual publication on international trade statistics, the “World Trade Statistical Review”.

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31 июля, 18:49

General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG selection

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The General Council agreed on 31 July on the steps to be taken in the final stage of the process for selecting a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. The Council also agreed to extend the tenures of the four sitting Deputy Directors-General — Yonov Fred Agah, Karl Brauner, Xiaozhun Yi and Alan Wolff — until a new Director-General has been selected.

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31 июля, 18:48

Germany gives EUR 150,000 to enhance developing countries’ participation in farm trade

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The government of Germany contributed EUR 150,000 (approximately CHF 160,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards, with the aim of increasing their access to agricultural markets.

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30 июля, 20:00

WTO members stress role of IP system in fighting COVID-19

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At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 30 July 2020, WTO members highlighted the merit of the multilateral intellectual property (IP) system in incentivizing innovation in medical technologies and research and in enhancing the response of the global community to the COVID-19 pandemic. WTO members also discussed new proposals on the transfer of technology to least-developed countries (LDCs) and electronic commerce. They elected Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter of South Africa as the new chair.

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30 июля, 20:00

WTO members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade

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At a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and to improve the effectiveness of cotton projects. The WTO Secretariat presented a report and video on the launch of World Cotton Day at the WTO on 7 October 2019. At separate sessions, also held on 30 July, members discussed the state of play in cotton negotiations and the impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade.

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30 июля, 19:05

WTO, World Bank launch joint publication on the role of trade in empowering women

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The WTO and the World Bank launched the joint publication “Women and Trade: The role of trade in promoting gender equality” at a virtual event on 30 July. Gaining a better understanding of how women can benefit from trade is essential in ensuring that trade works for all and that its benefits are sustained in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, said WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and World Bank Managing Director Mari Pangestu.

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29 июля, 20:00

Panels established to review Indian tech tariffs, Japanese export restrictions, EU palm oil measures

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WTO members agreed on 29 July to the establishment of four new dispute panels to examine various trade complaints. At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), two panels were established at the request of Japan and Chinese Taipei to examine India’s tariffs on high tech goods. Panels were also established to review a Korean complaint regarding Japan’s export licensing procedures for certain goods and Indonesia’s complaint concerning EU measures affecting palm oil and oil palm crop-based biofuels.

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29 июля, 19:39

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 29 July 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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29 июля, 19:38

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

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On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral Study on Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation. Building on the first edition launched in 2013, the publication seeks to strengthen the understanding of the interplay between the distinct policy domains of health, trade and intellectual property (IP), and how they affect innovation and access to medical technologies, such as medicines, vaccines and medical devices. The second edition provides an improved, evidence-based foundation for policy debate and informed decision-making at a critical time for global health.