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DG Azevêdo: “People recognize things are happening here. They expect concrete outcomes.”

At a meeting of the full WTO membership on 14 October, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo observed that members had barely two months left to solve the Appellate Body impasse and meet a negotiating deadline on fisheries subsidies. Looking ahead, he said …

DDG Wolff: The multilateral trading system will endure and will adapt

Speaking at a conference on global trade held at Chatham House, London, on 14 October, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said that at a time of slowing global economic growth and political uncertainty the WTO is even more essential, with its rules pro…

Members give US green light to impose countermeasures on EU in aircraft subsidy dispute

WTO members agreed at a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 14 October to authorize the United States to impose countermeasures on European Union goods and services trade with the US up to a value of USD 7,496.623 million annually. The auth…

Online registration opens for conference to mark 30 years of Trade Policy Review Mechanism

Online registration is now open for a conference to be held on 27 November 2019 at the WTO to mark the 30th anniversary of the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The conference will focus on the role of the TPRM in providing enhanced transpare…

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

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 14 October 2019, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is ci…

Agrilevante per la Fiera di Foggia: “Spingeremo settore dei mezzi agricoli innovativi”

Lo dimostrano i forti investimenti delle aziende negli stand messi a disposizione da Eima, il brand della Fiera di Bologna, la seconda fiera di settore al …

Facilitators consult members on latest fisheries subsidies proposals

In an informal session of the Trade Negotiations Committee dedicated to fisheries subsidies, facilitators held consultations open to all WTO members on 10-11 October, as part of a week-long cluster of meetings to move the talks on fisheries subsidies …

Forum participants look at how statistics can better capture trends in trade

What is the value of electronic commerce trade, and how much of that is being traded digitally? How can the impact of non-trade barriers be measured? Is trade data increasingly kept behind pay walls? These and other issues were addressed at a Public Fo…

Public Forum reflects on how to adapt to services-based trading future

At the 2019 WTO Public Forum, many discussions focused on how to adapt to a new trading environment marked by the growing importance of services, the most dynamic component of international trade. The four-day event from 8 to 11 October highlighted the…

New book shares lessons learned from helping labour markets adjust to globalization

A WTO publication on policies implemented by governments to help labour markets adjust to globalization was launched at the Public Forum on 11 October. It examines case studies on labour adjustment programmes and provides an extensive review of litera…