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

World Trade Organization - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:00
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 19 December 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”.
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Liechtenstein pledges CHF 40,000 to help developing countries participate in Doha Round

World Trade Organization - 13 hours 18 min ago
The government of Liechtenstein has pledged to donate CHF 40,000 to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund for 2014. This brings its contributions since 2002 to CHF 440,000.
Categories: Global

Appellate Body issues report on China-US dispute over countervailing duty measures

World Trade Organization - 13 hours 48 min ago
On 18 December 2014, the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the case “United States – Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China” (DS437).
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Panel established on EU-Brazil dispute over taxes

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 17 December 2014, established a panel to examine a complaint by the European Union that several Brazilian programmes in the automobile, information and communication technologies and automation sectors conferred tax advantages to domestic products.
Categories: Global

Korea donates USD 350,000 for participation of developing countries in Doha Round

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00
The Republic of Korea has donated USD 350,000 (CHF 336,000) to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund for 2014. This brings its contributions since 2002 to CHF 4,254,000.
Categories: Global

Egypt launches safeguard investigation on automotive batteries

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00
On 17 December 2014, Egypt notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 15 December 2014 a safeguard investigation on automotive batteries.
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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 17 December 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

Estonia pledges EUR 20,000 to help developing countries participate in Doha Round

World Trade Organization - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00
The government of Estonia has pledged to donate EUR 20,000 (CHF 24,000) to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund for 2015. This donation will finance a wide range of trade-related technical assistance activities to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) to improve their participation in the Doha Round and better integrate into the world economy.
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Trade Policy Review: United States of America

World Trade Organization - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:00
The twelfth review of the trade policies and practices of the United States of America takes place on 16 and 18 December 2014. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of the United States of America.
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Bullish on China's Banks

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:23
The country’s central bank will need to ease further to spur the economy and three big lenders are in the best position to benefit.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Members prepare for 200-day push on GI register portion of post-Bali programme

World Trade Organization - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:00
WTO intellectual property negotiators said they were committed to meet the July 2015 deadline for laying down plans on how to complete the Doha Round talks — in their case on how to set up a geographical indications register for wines and spirits. But speakers on both sides of the debate said in a 12 December 2014 informal meeting that hard talking would have to wait until a clearer picture emerges in other key subjects.
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Turkey launches safeguard investigation on wallpaper and similar wallcoverings

World Trade Organization - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:00
On 12 December 2014, Turkey notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 12 December 2014 a safeguard investigation on wallpaper and similar wallcoverings.
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DG Azevêdo urges members to remain actively engaged on ITA

World Trade Organization - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:00
In reaction to developments in negotiations on the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said on 12 December 2014: “The participants have significantly reduced the gaps on expanding the coverage of the ITA in recent days but unfortunately it has not been possible to finalise the negotiations this week. I urge members to remain actively and constructively engaged as we try to bridge the gaps in these negotiations.”
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Mining Pick? Rio Tinto Tops BHP Billiton

Barron's Intl Trader Asia - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:53
The big drop in iron-ore and other commodity prices shows signs of slowing, allowing these stocks to rebound. But BHP has another commodity issue.
Categories: Asia, Global, Trade

Nairobi, Kenya to host 10th WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
The General Council, on 10 December, agreed that the 10th Ministerial Conference be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 15 to 18 December 2015. The chair, Ambassador Jonathan Fried, warmly thanked and congratulated Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and the Government of Kenya for their successful offer. He noted that he had previously informed delegations of Turkey’s decision to withdraw its offer to host the Conference in favour of Kenya, and thanked Turkey for its constructive spirit during the whole process.
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Audio: Statement by Roberto Azevêdo

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
Let’s make sure 2015 will be a year to remember for the WTO – Azevêdo Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the General Council on 10 December that “2015 is going to be a big year for the WTO” with the celebration of its 20th anniversary and the holding of its 10th Ministerial Conference. He also said that “we have real deadlines to meet”, including developing the work programme on the remaining Doha Round issues by the end of July 2015. Negotiating chairs, he said, are convening the first round of meetings towards meeting this goal.
Categories: Global

Audio: Press conference

World Trade Organization Podcasts - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
Let’s make sure 2015 will be a year to remember for the WTO – Azevêdo Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the General Council on 10 December that “2015 is going to be a big year for the WTO” with the celebration of its 20th anniversary and the holding of its 10th Ministerial Conference. He also said that “we have real deadlines to meet”, including developing the work programme on the remaining Doha Round issues by the end of July 2015. Negotiating chairs, he said, are convening the first round of meetings towards meeting this goal.
Categories: Global

General Council approves Seychelles’ WTO membership, only ratification left

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
WTO members adopted Seychelles’ WTO terms of entry at the General Council meeting on 10 December 2014. Seychelles will have until 1 June 2015 to ratify the deal to formally become a WTO member 30 days after it notifies the ratification to the WTO Director-General.
Categories: Global

Japan donates USD 76,742 to support food safety, and animal and plant health standards

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
The government of Japan has contributed USD 76,742 (CHF 74,034) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) for 2014. The objective is to help developing countries and least-developed countries establish and implement sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) for health protection and expand their ability to gain or maintain access to global markets.
Categories: Global

Azevêdo: Accessions work is a WTO priority

World Trade Organization - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo , in introducing his annual report on WTO accessions to the General Council on 10 December, said that through accessions, the WTO has expanded its world trade coverage from just under 91% in 1995 to about 98% in 2013. “Evidence shows that the results from the WTO accessions have strengthened our system, supported domestic reforms and contributed to global growth, development and prosperity,” he said.
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