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21 июля, 19:30

Goods negotiations restart, members divided on transparency proposal

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WTO members on Friday (21 July) took up a proposal which proponents said would facilitate the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in global trade by establishing rules to bring about greater transparency and access to information pertaining to government regulations on food and product safety.

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18 июля, 20:00

Fisheries subsidies talks move forward with seven proposals and forthcoming compilation

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WTO members on 18 July agreed to move to the next phase of negotiations on fisheries subsidies after a surge of new and revised proposals aimed at reaching a decision by December at the Ministerial Conference were submitted. Members assented to the preparation of a document compiling the proposals in the form of a matrix, which is intended to help members firm up positions over the summer ahead of intensive September negotiations.

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18 июля, 19:10

DG Azevêdo welcomes India’s Minister Sitharaman to the WTO

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met today (18 July) with Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, to discuss developments at the WTO and preparations for the 11th Ministerial Conference to be held in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December.

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17 июля, 15:05

Trade Policy Review: Brazil

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The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Brazil takes place on 17 and 19 July 2017. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Brazil.

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14 июля, 20:00

China, EU seek to strengthen WTO trade remedy, notification disciplines

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China has put forward a new proposal aimed at strengthening WTO disciplines on transparency and due process in anti-dumping and countervailing proceedings, while the European Union has offered a new initiative on improving the reporting of subsidy programmes to the WTO. The two proposals were discussed at a 14 July informal meeting of the WTO’s Negotiating Group on Rules (NGR).

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14 июля, 20:00

Positive momentum for Sudan’s WTO membership negotiations

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WTO members commended the positive momentum for Sudan’s WTO membership negotiations and reiterated their readiness to support the process at the 4th meeting of the working party on the country’s accession held on 14 July under the chairmanship of Mr Ryosuke Kuwana (Japan). Negotiations on Sudan’s WTO membership resumed in January after 13 years of impasse.

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14 июля, 11:34

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 20 July 2017, 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 июля, 20:00

WTO members adopt report on food safety agreement

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WTO members adopted a report on the Fourth Review of the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) at a meeting on 13 and 14 July. The SPS Committee also reviewed concerns on food safety measures affecting international trade.

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13 июля, 19:01

Members reaffirm commitment to Aid for Trade and to development support

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WTO members reaffirmed their commitment to the Aid for Trade initiative and to the development dimension of the organization at the closing session of the Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 on 13 July. They underscored, in particular, the important role this exercise plays in helping developing and least developed countries (LDCs) improve their capacities to connect to global markets and lower trade costs.

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13 июля, 17:24

Trade facilitation key to addressing needs of developing countries

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Trade facilitation can be a key contributor to sustainable development as speedier border crossings for goods and services help address poverty alleviation and even humanitarian crises, speakers at various sessions said at the Aid for Trade Global Review on 11-13 July. A case study competition underlined the importance of the issue, with joint prize winners announced from Zambia and Jamaica.

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