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16 сентября, 19:56

New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second half of 2019

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World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services Trade Barometer, launched on 16 September. The index’s reading of 98.4 is below the baseline value of 100, suggesting that services trade continued to face strong headwinds leading into the second half of the year.

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Last day to register for the Public Forum

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Today (16 September) is the last day to register for this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending this year’s Forum should submit an online application form no later than midnight today. Last minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted. Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

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Korea initiates WTO dispute complaint against Japanese export measures

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Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with Japan concerning measures imposed by Japan affecting the export of products and technology to Korea. The request was circulated to WTO members on 16 September.

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Registration opens for public hearing in “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada”

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At the request of the parties in the dispute “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS533), the panel has decided to open its second substantive meeting to public observation on 16, 17 and 18 October 2019. The live screening will take place at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva.

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13 сентября, 20:00

The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on rice

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On 13 September 2019, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 September 2019 a “preliminary safeguard investigation” on rice.

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13 сентября, 20:00

DDG Wolff: International cooperation must balance freedom of action and respect for others

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Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff addressed the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia on 13 September, where he spoke about the rule of law and the future of the world trading system. He underlined that a commitment to international cooperation, as embodied in the WTO, balances freedom of action with respect for the interests of others. DDG Wolff’s remarks are below.

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12 сентября, 20:00

DG Azevêdo marks 25th anniversary of conclusion of Uruguay Round in Montevideo

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo praised Uruguay’s continued leadership in the multilateral trading system during his visit to Montevideo on 12 September 2019. He participated at an event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations, which ran from 1986 to 1994 and gave rise to the WTO in its current form. The Director-General also discussed the current situation in global trade, efforts to ease tensions, and the ongoing debate on how to strengthen trade cooperation.

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12 сентября, 20:00

WTO announces winners of 2019 Essay Award for Young Economists

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The winners of the 2019 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists are Jan Bakker of Oxford University and Federico Huneeus of Princeton University, who were ranked in equal first place by the Selection Panel. They will share the prize of CHF 5,000. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Bern on 12 September.

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Canada files WTO dispute complaint against Chinese import restrictions on canola seed

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Canada has requested WTO dispute consultations with China concerning measures imposed by China affecting the importation of canola seed from Canada. The request was circulated to WTO members on 12 September

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12 сентября, 19:30

Appellate Body issues report regarding Ukrainian duties on ammonium nitrate from Russia

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On 12 September the Appellate Body issued its report in the case brought by the Russian Federation in “Ukraine — Anti-Dumping Measures on Ammonium Nitrate” (DS493).

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11 сентября, 20:00

India launches safeguard investigation on phenol

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On 11 September 2019, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 23 August 2019 a safeguard investigation on phenol.