Archive for category: WTO News

  • Azevêdo: “The stability of the trading system is fundamental to our economic wellbeing”

    Azevêdo: “The stability of the trading system is fundamental to our economic wellbeing”

    WTO News May 31, 2018 6:38 pm no comments

    Speaking at an OECD Ministerial Council meeting on 31 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said the multilateral trading system provides a stable and predictable business environment that helps to drive economic growth. He underlined the need to defend this stability but also to strengthen and safeguard the system so that it [...]

     
  • WTO issues 2018 Annual Report

    WTO issues 2018 Annual Report

    WTO News May 31, 2018 10:36 am no comments

    The WTO’s Annual Report, published today (31 May), provides a comprehensive account of the organization’s activities in 2017 and early 2018. The Report opens with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and a brief overview of the year. This is followed by more in-depth accounts of the WTO’s various areas [...]

     
  • Symposium highlights role of Trade Facilitation Agreement in easing global flow of goods

    Symposium highlights role of Trade Facilitation Agreement in easing global flow of goods

    WTO News May 30, 2018 4:51 pm no comments

    A joint G20-OECD-WTO event held on 30 May 2018 at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris discussed how the international community can join efforts to further ease the flow of goods among WTO members. The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was cited as a model for [...]

     
  • WTO members discuss way forward for agriculture talks

    WTO members discuss way forward for agriculture talks

    WTO News May 24, 2018 11:02 am no comments

    Agriculture negotiators met at the WTO on 24 May to lay the foundations for future discussions on farm issues. The new chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Ambassador John Ronald Dipchandra Ford, reported on his recent consultations with members. He said the challenge is to engage differently, to use negotiators’ [...]

     
  • Farm subsidies: the coming fight at the WTO

    Farm subsidies: the coming fight at the WTO

    WTO News May 23, 2018 11:05 am no comments

    India needs to defend policies that make agriculture remunerative and stand by its poor at this stage of development In an attempt to combat rural distress, the Union budget announced this year by finance minister Arun Jaitley promised a new deal to farmers—minimum support prices (MSP) that would be 150% [...]

     
  • WTO-PIFS Regional Workshop on MC11 Outcomes and Way Forward

    WTO-PIFS Regional Workshop on MC11 Outcomes and Way Forward

    WTO News May 22, 2018 11:10 am no comments

    Remarks by DG Azevêdo Minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Dame Meg Taylor, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. It’s great to be here today at this workshop on the WTO, MC11 and the way forward for the Pacific. I know that you have a packed agenda ahead of you, and I [...]

     
  • Korea initiates WTO dispute complaints against US safeguard duties on washers, solar cells

    Korea initiates WTO dispute complaints against US safeguard duties on washers, solar cells

    WTO News May 16, 2018 11:22 am no comments

    Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US safeguard duties imposed on imports of large residential washers and crystalline silicon photovoltaic products. The requests were circulated to WTO members on 16 May. Korea claims the measures are inconsistent with a number of provisions under the WTO’s [...]

     
  • Applications open for WTO workshop on trade and public health

    Applications open for WTO workshop on trade and public health

    WTO News May 15, 2018 11:26 am no comments

    The WTO, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is holding its annual Workshop on Trade and Public Health, in Geneva from 8 to 12 October 2018. The deadline to submit applications is 8 June 2018. The workshop takes a holistic [...]

     
  • DDG Wolff: The WTO has a key role in promoting sustainable, productive agriculture

    DDG Wolff: The WTO has a key role in promoting sustainable, productive agriculture

    WTO News May 14, 2018 11:29 am no comments

    With digital technologies playing an increasingly important role in both food production and distribution, the WTO’s rule-based system provides ample space for policies to improve access to information and knowledge on farm trade, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 14 May. Speaking at the Global Forum on Agriculture in Paris, [...]

     
  • Members voice concerns over rising trade tensions, underline support for WTO

    Members voice concerns over rising trade tensions, underline support for WTO

    WTO News May 8, 2018 11:30 am no comments

    Forty-one members of the World Trade Organization issued a joint statement on 8 May expressing concerns over rising trade tensions and risks of escalating protectionism. The statement, delivered to a meeting of the WTO’s General Council, calls on governments to resolve their differences through dialogue and cooperation, including through the [...]