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15 июня, 20:00

Advanced Trade Policy Course for officials from Latin America and the Caribbean

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Twenty-two government officials from Latin America and the Caribbean are attending the Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC), which is taking place at WTO headquarters in Geneva from 4 June to 27 July 2018. The course was opened by Raymundo Valdes, Head of the Course Design and Training Section of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), and Daniel Morales, Head of the Geneva-Based Courses Unit.

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13 июня, 19:49

DDG Wolff: WTO can contribute to a more resilient, inclusive agricultural trading system

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Speaking at a WTO Symposium on the Agriculture Policy Landscape on 13 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said WTO members need to commit to sharing information, broadening perspectives and engaging with each other with open minds in order to build resilience in the global agri-food system. In conclusion, he said: “Together we can identify opportunities to strengthen the agriculture and food system and build sustainable solutions through our common efforts as WTO members.” This is what he said:

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13 июня, 19:49

EIF symposium looks at how to make trade more inclusive for LDCs

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Representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) met at the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs taking place at the WTO on 13-14 June 2018 to seek ways to further integrate the world’s poorest countries into the multilateral trading system. The event has been organized by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme dedicated to addressing the trade capacity needs of LDCs, and was opened with a video message by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.

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12 июня, 16:45

Trade Policy Review: Colombia

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The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Colombia takes place on 12 and 14 June 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Colombia.

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11 июня, 20:00

Merkel and leaders of six multilateral agencies call for enhanced global cooperation

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a meeting with the heads of six multilateral agencies on 11 June in Berlin to discuss ways to foster international economic cooperation to address global challenges and improve the prospects for inclusive and sustainable growth. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo attended the meeting, alongside the heads of the ILO, IMF, OECD, World Bank and the African Development Bank. A joint press release was issued at the end of the meeting.

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11 июня, 20:00

DDG Wolff: This is the time to renew the multilateral trading system

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The multilateral trading system needs renewal periodically and this is the time for engaging in the necessary effort, said Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff in an address to the International Relations Committee of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on 11 June. He concluded: “With good will and effort, the world trading system can be updated and improved. It is essential to do so in order to have an effective functioning WTO for the economic well-being of the world.” This is what he said:

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11 июня, 20:00

WTO hosts course on priority issues for least-developed countries

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The first training course for least-developed countries (LDCs) to have simultaneous interpretation in English and French got under way at the WTO on 11 June 2018. A total of 29 government officials from 24 LDCs across the world are participating in the five-day course entitled “Priority Issues for LDCs in the Multilateral Trading System”.

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11 июня, 20:00

WTO members focus on subsidies for fishing in overexploited stocks at June meetings

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WTO members in the Negotiating Group on Rules on 11-14 June held their second cluster of meetings on fisheries subsidies this year, where they exchanged views and information on subsidies for fishing in overexploited stocks. Members also updated the current negotiating texts with a streamlined chapter on definitions in preparation for future text-based negotiations.

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08 июня, 19:45

Azevêdo highlights ‘significant progress’ on trade finance, outlines further actions

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Speaking at a meeting of the WTO Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance on 8 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the significant progress made in improving access to trade finance, in response to the persistent gaps in provision which affect small businesses and poorer countries in particular. DG Azevêdo outlined progress in a number of areas, including working with partners to enhance existing trade finance facilitation programmes. In 2016, these programmes supported around $22 billion in trade transactions. In 2018 they are set to reach over $35 billion — an increase of more than 50% in just two years. Looking forward, he said: “I am confident that some of the processes and discussions that we have initiated can deliver even more positive outcomes in the period ahead.” He pointed to the “strong coalition” which has been built on this work, bringing a wide range of partners to the table, including the International Finance Corporation, the Financial Stability Board and the regional development banks. Discussions with these partners will continue, including at the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia, in October.

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07 июня, 20:53

Business leaders express support for the WTO and call for action on priority issues

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Senior business representatives meeting today (7 June 2018) at the WTO headquarters discussed how the WTO could help them address the challenges they face in conducting global trade. They sent a strong message of support for the WTO and the rules-based multilateral trading system, stressing its role in creating economic stability and supporting growth, development and job creation.

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07 июня, 19:50

Mexico initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties

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Mexico has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US duties on certain imported steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 7 June.

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06 июня, 19:14

EU initiates new WTO compliance proceedings over Airbus subsidies

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The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States to address the EU’s claim that the EU and its member states have complied with the WTO ruling on subsidies to Airbus which was adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 May. The request was circulated to WTO members on 06 June.