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General Council: Proposed agenda

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

Azevêdo highlights “dramatic increase” in knowledge component of trade

World Trade Organization - 4 hours 9 min ago
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

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

World Trade Organization - 4 hours 9 min ago
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 20 October 2014, 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”.
Categories: Global

WTO issues compliance panel reports on US “country of origin” disputes

World Trade Organization - 4 hours 39 min ago
The WTO, on 20 October, issued panel reports regarding compliance in the disputes “US – Certain Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) Requirements — Recourse to DSU Article 21.5 by Canada and Mexico” (DS384 and DS386).
Categories: Global

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo Opening Remarks

World Trade Organization Podcasts - 10 hours 39 min ago
WTO helps developing countries adjust to major shifts in trading environment The WTO has played a key role in helping countries adjust to four recent trends that have considerably altered the relationship between trade and development, according to the latest edition of the WTO’s flagship publication released on 20 October 2014 in Geneva. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in marking the launch of the report, said that “the emerging trends highlighted in this report suggest that trade will be a major force for development in the 21st century”.
Categories: Global

WTO helps developing countries adjust to major shifts in trading environment

World Trade Organization - 10 hours 39 min ago
The WTO has played a key role in helping countries adjust to four recent trends that have considerably altered the relationship between trade and development, according to the latest edition of the WTO’s flagship publication released on 20 October 2014 in Geneva. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in marking the launch of the report, said that “the emerging trends highlighted in this report suggest that trade will be a major force for development in the 21st century”.
Categories: Global

Where to Bet in Asia Now

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:51
Southeast Asian markets have proved more resilient than others in the turmoil. So which countries are the best plays?
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Seychelles’ membership terms agreed — next stop: General Council

World Trade Organization - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:00
WTO members negotiating Seychelles’ accession agreed on the terms of the country’s WTO membership on 17 October 2014, concluding 18 years of negotiation. This decision still requires the formal approval of all 160 WTO members in the General Council in December.
Categories: Global

Brazil files dispute against Indonesia over import restrictions on chicken

World Trade Organization - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:00
Brazil notified the WTO Secretariat on 16 October of a request for consultations with Indonesia regarding certain measures imposed by Indonesia on imports of chicken meat and chicken products.
Categories: Global

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World Trade Organization Podcasts - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:00
Azevêdo says Bali impasse paralyzing WTO work, chairs report no progress in consultations Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, as chair, reported to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 16 October that despite intensive consultations “we have not found a solution to the impasse” more than two months after the deadline on the Trade Facilitation Agreement had passed. “This could be the most serious situation that this organization has ever faced,” he said, and while members should keep working for a solution to the current impasse, “we should also think about our next steps”.
Categories: Global

Azevêdo says Bali impasse paralyzing WTO work, chairs report no progress in consultations

World Trade Organization - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, as chair, reported to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 16 October that despite intensive consultations “we have not found a solution to the impasse” more than two months after the deadline on the Trade Facilitation Agreement had passed. “This could be the most serious situation that this organization has ever faced,” he said, and while members should keep working for a solution to the current impasse, “we should also think about our next steps”.
Categories: Global

Russia contributes to sanitary-phytosanitary committee, but also attracts concerns

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00
WTO members meeting as the committee dealing with food safety and animal and plant health on 15–17 October 2014 received information from Russia on a number of issues but also heard complaints about some of the country’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
Categories: Global

Linking up to trade and investment networks can help fast-track growth—Azevêdo

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in opening the WTO-UNCTAD Trade and Investment Roundtable on 15 October, said that “by linking up to sophisticated trade and investment networks, developing countries have the potential to fast-track their growth”.
Categories: Global

Canada files dispute against China over anti-dumping measures on cellulose pulp

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00
Canada notified the WTO Secretariat on 15 October of a request for consultations with China with respect to Chinese anti-dumping duties levied on imports of cellulose pulp from Canada.
Categories: Global

Tunisia launches safeguard investigations on fibreboard of wood (MDF) and on glass bottles

World Trade Organization - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:00
On 15 October 2014, Tunisia notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 30 September 2014 two safeguard investigations: one on fibreboard of wood (MDF) and the other on glass bottles.
Categories: Global

Ireland donates EUR 335,000 to technical assistance for developing countries

World Trade Organization - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:00
The government of Ireland has donated EUR 185,000 (CHF 223,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) for 2014 to help developing countries establish and implement sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) towards health protection and increase their ability to gain or maintain access to markets. Another contribution of EUR 150,000 (CHF 181,000) will be directed to the Interns for Selected Members’ Mission in Geneva.
Categories: Global

WTO issues panel report on India’s agricultural import measures

World Trade Organization - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:30
On 14 October 2014, the WTO issued the panel report in the case brought by the United States about “India – Measures concerning the importation of certain agricultural products” (DS430).
Categories: Global

Don't Give Up on Indonesia

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:53
Its reformist new president has powers he can use to circumvent an opposition parliament. Investors should keep an eye on energy policies.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

How To Avoid Japan's Muddle

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:11
The Abe government faces some tough economic decisions. Now could be a good time to rejigger your stock holdings.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Qualcomm Out, MediaTek In

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:04
China’s charges of monopoly against the U.S. chip designer will produce an odd beneficiary—a Taiwanese chip maker.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade
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