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Montenegro and New Zealand to join the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:00
Montenegro and New Zealand will become the newest members of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) after their accession bids received the green light on 29 October 2014, a move which will help the two countries gain access to procurement markets currently valued at up to $1.7 trillion annually.
Categories: Global

WTO publishes annual package of trade and tariff data

World Trade Organization - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00
The WTO released on 28 October 2014 new editions of its key statistical publications: International Trade Statistics, Trade Profiles, World Tariff Profiles and Services Profiles. The four publications provide a detailed breakdown of the latest trade developments.
Categories: Global

Azevêdo: WTO to strengthen partnership with Enhanced Integrated Framework to help poorest

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Board on 30 October 2014 that “we all want to see the EIF grow into a stronger, more efficient programme so that it can overcome the challenges of the past, and do even more to help LDCs achieve their development goals in the future”. He pointed out that “there is no other programme which is as comprehensive as the EIF in supporting LDCs to address all aspects of their trade capacity”.
Categories: Global

Why Baidu's Headed Up and Rival Qihoo Down

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:51
China’s largest search engine operator has adapted to smartphones while its competitor hasn’t.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Illegal logging and importance of international cooperation discussed in committee

World Trade Organization - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:00
The importance of improved international cooperation to complement national and regional efforts to combat illegal logging featured in discussions during the latest meeting of the WTO Environment Committee on 23 October 2014.
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Trade Policy Review: Djibouti and Mauritius

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:00
A review of the trade policies and practices of Djibouti and Mauritius takes place on 22 and 24 October 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the relevant government for each country.
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Audio: Chairperson’s concluding remarks

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Trade Policy Review: Djibouti The second review of the trade policies and practices of Djibouti takes place on 22 and 24 October 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Djibouti.
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Audio: Chairperson’s concluding remarks

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Trade Policy Review: Mauritius The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Mauritius takes place on 22 and 24 October 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Mauritius.
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Trade Policy Review: Djibouti

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
The second review of the trade policies and practices of Djibouti takes place on 22 and 24 October 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Djibouti.
Categories: Global

Trade Policy Review: Mauritius

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Mauritius takes place on 22 and 24 October 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Mauritius.
Categories: Global

Where to Bet in Asia Now

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:13
Southeast Asian markets have proved more resilient than others in the turmoil. So which countries are the best plays?
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Audio: Director-General Roberto Azevêdo Opening Remarks

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00
Azevêdo announces consultations on future of Bali decisions and post-Bali work programme Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced at the General Council meeting on 21 October 2014 that his consultations on the future of the Bali decisions and the post-Bali work programme would start the following day. He said that he had heard from WTO members “a willingness to engage in this conversation, and to do all we can to find a way forward”. The Director-General also announced that the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade will be held from 30 June to 2 July 2015.
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Audio: Statement by DG Azevêdo on Aid for Trade

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00
Azevêdo announces consultations on future of Bali decisions and post-Bali work programme Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced at the General Council meeting on 21 October 2014 that his consultations on the future of the Bali decisions and the post-Bali work programme would start the following day. He said that he had heard from WTO members “a willingness to engage in this conversation, and to do all we can to find a way forward”. The Director-General also announced that the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade will be held from 30 June to 2 July 2015.
Categories: Global

Azevêdo announces consultations on future of Bali decisions and post-Bali work programme

World Trade Organization - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced at the General Council meeting on 21 October 2014 that his consultations on the future of the Bali decisions and the post-Bali work programme would start the following day. He said that he had heard from WTO members “a willingness to engage in this conversation, and to do all we can to find a way forward”. The Director-General also announced that the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade will be held from 30 June to 2 July 2015.
Categories: Global

General Council: Proposed agenda

World Trade Organization - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00
Categories: Global

Chairman urges members to step up notification efforts on import licensing

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00
The chairman of the Import Licensing Committee, Tsotetsi Makong of Lesotho, opened the 20 October 2014 meeting citing concerns about WTO members’ compliance with notification obligations under the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures.
Categories: Global

Panel established on EU-Russia dispute over vehicles

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 20 October 2014, established a panel to examine a complaint by the European Union regarding Russia’s anti-dumping duties on light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy. Members were informed that the disputes between the United States and Brazil over cotton, and between the US and Indonesia over clove cigarettes, have been settled.
Categories: Global

New member of the Appellate Body is sworn in

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00
The new member of the Appellate Body, Mr. Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing, was sworn in at a ceremony on 20 October 2014.
Categories: Global

India launches safeguard investigation on cold rolled flat products of stainless steel

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00
On 20 October 2014, India notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 19 September 2014 a safeguard investigation on Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel of Chromium type, 400 series.
Categories: Global

Azevêdo highlights “dramatic increase” in knowledge component of trade

World Trade Organization - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in a speech to a conference of the Federal Circuit Bar Association held in cooperation with the WTO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and The European Patent Office on 20 October in Geneva, said that “the past two decades have shown that the TRIPS Agreement can provide a sound and balanced multilateral foundation for the growth of trade in knowledge-rich products and services”. He noted that global exports of intellectual property royalties and licence fees rose to $310 billion last year, just short of the combined total of trade in communications, construction and insurance services.
Categories: Global
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