• "There was something different, there was something special." That's WTO's Joan Apecu, talking about her experience from the frontline of #MC12 & how ministers were determined to reach outcomes that harness trade solutions for the global polycrisis. ? Link https://t.co/2BQ9r9x4NC
    WTO Thu 11 Aug 2022 13:24

    International trade has progressed enormously since the founding of the WTO in 1995. The world trades a lot more – from just over 5 trillion dollars' worth of goods in 1995 to more than 22 trillion dollars in 2021. The world also trades in new ways - e-commerce accounts for more than 20 percent of total retail sales worldwide. Supply chains have also revolutionized trade, leading to the rise of products made "in the world".Despite this radical transformation, the WTO and the rules of trade remain largely unchanged. Ambassador Didier Chambovey of Switzerland, the General Council Chair, and the WTO's Joan Apecu talk about the efforts to keep the organization fit for purpose and ready to respond to the realities of 21st century commerce.

  • #ICYMI: The WTO's Agriculture Committee #WTOAg passed a milestone this year with its 100th session in March. DG Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala said she is confident that the Committee will help members address new challenges in the future. More info ? Link https://t.co/45ZUkQuVXP
    WTO Thu 11 Aug 2022 11:38

    “Today's event marks an important milestone. It's an opportunity to take stock of our achievements, and also to look ahead at the next quarter-century of work,” said DG Okonjo-Iweala in her opening remarks.

    The DG stressed that the Committee on Agriculture was set up to allow WTO members to exchange views about compliance with rules in the Agreement on Agriculture. It also provides a forum to address disagreements about members' agri-food trade measures and to help “nip trade irritants in the bud”, she added.

    The Committee has also proved it can adapt to changing times, the DG said, pointing to its active role in implementing the Nairobi Ministerial Decision on eliminating agricultural export subsidies and in addressing export restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    DG Okonjo-Iweala said she is confident that the Committee will help members address new challenges in the future and work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She...

  • RT @OECDdev: ? 7% of #Aid4Trade went to #COVID19 related activities in 2020. A4T supported supply chains put under stress by the crisis, s…
    WTO Thu 11 Aug 2022 10:28
  • ? Are you a public policymaker working in trade, intellectual property, or public health? Apply now for the 2022 Trade & Public Health Workshop, which will be held at the WTO in Geneva. Deadline?September 30 More info ? Link https://t.co/SHIyXh6Wqn
    WTO Thu 11 Aug 2022 08:37

    In an intensive, one-week programme, delivered by expert speakers with different backgrounds and expertise, participants will examine the role that multilateral trade agreements play as part of the wider efforts to meet increasingly urgent public health needs. Participants will also engage in targeted practical case studies designed to examine key policy tools and effectively apply them to foster public health outcomes. An outline of the draft programme is enclosed.

  • ? Are you a public policymaker in the fields of trade, intellectual property, or public health? Apply now for the 2022 Trade & Public Health Workshop, which will be held in Geneva, WTO's headquarters. Deadline? September 30 More info ? Link https://t.co/LXElaHTOnP
    WTO Thu 11 Aug 2022 08:27

    In an intensive, one-week programme, delivered by expert speakers with different backgrounds and expertise, participants will examine the role that multilateral trade agreements play as part of the wider efforts to meet increasingly urgent public health needs. Participants will also engage in targeted practical case studies designed to examine key policy tools and effectively apply them to foster public health outcomes. An outline of the draft programme is enclosed.

  • Maseline Adhiambo Kamasara from Kenya ?? shares her thoughts on the recently completed course. The Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) is WTO's first in-person training course in Geneva since the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more ? Link https://t.co/EkIXDWWtwK
    WTO Wed 10 Aug 2022 10:51

    “The information I gained will facilitate me in my day-to-day duties, not only to improve my country’s presence, but also to explore trade opportunities in the different sectors for other countries on the global market” says Ms. Ralseia Rosanda Glasgow, a Trade Policy Officer in the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in Saint Kitts and Nevis and a participant in the course. She added that her take away from the course is navigating the WTO's portal websites such as e-Ping, Market Access Map (MAcMap), Integrated Trade Intelligence (I-TIP), knowledge which is extremely valuable in the digital era.

    Miss. Maseline Athiambo Kamasara, Senior Trade Development Officer at Kenya's Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, said the ATPC's incorporation of simulations of negotiations was an impactful tool. “These simulations gave me deeper insights into the multi-layered intricacies of multilateral negotiations as...

  • WTO members this year marked the 5th anniversary of the #TradeFacilitation Agreement's entry into force. Track implementation & learn more here ? Link https://t.co/U3yUkdUtYM
    WTO Wed 10 Aug 2022 09:36
    Trade Facilitation Agreement four year review - Article 23.1.6 of the TFA - Proposal to formalize engagement on questions relating to issues on the implementation and application of the TFA as per Article 23.1.7 of the Agreement
  • #ICYMI: Amb Gloria Abraham Peralta @GloriaAbrahamP shares insights on how #MC12 outcomes on food security adopted in June will address food shortages and soaring food prices. #WTOAg More info ? Link https://t.co/4KK93OLGIK
    WTO Tue 09 Aug 2022 11:19

    The package of agreements secured at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) held in Geneva on 12-17 June was the culmination of efforts by WTO members to provide concrete trade-related responses to important challenges facing the world today. The outcomes reached on fisheries subsidies, the WTO response to the pandemic, food insecurity, e-commerce and other issues demonstrate that the multilateral trading system can respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

    In welcoming the final "Geneva Package" delivered after five and a half days of marathon talks, the Director-General said the deal showed to the world that "WTO members can come together, across geopolitical fault lines to address problems of the global commons, and to reinforce and reinvigorate this institution."

  • #ICYMI: Digital connectivity, resilience, green trade, & women's economic empowerment— these were the issues covered in 50+ sessions at the #Aid4Trade global review last month. Check out the highlights ? https://t.co/tL6xdPK2nG
    WTO Tue 09 Aug 2022 09:53
  • Get the opportunity to share your perspective on the most recent developments in the global trading system. Register by September 7 ? Link https://t.co/Os16t5S6b2
    WTO Tue 09 Aug 2022 09:43

    Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

    Those interested in attending the Forum should complete the online registration form no later than 7 September 2022.

    > Return to Public Forum 2022 page

  • RT @_AnabelG: Cool trade data visualization @wto Link
    WTO Mon 08 Aug 2022 14:38
  • RT @UNCTAD: Looking to understand the tariffs & non-tariff measures imposed by more than 170 countries & customs territories? Comprehensiv…
    WTO Mon 08 Aug 2022 14:38
  • Learn why Maribel De Leon, Investment Specialist at the Board of Investment, Investment Policy & Planning Service, Philippines ?? finds this WTO capacity-building course useful in her daily work. More info on WTO technical assistance activities? Link https://t.co/M8ijAIzee0
    WTO Mon 08 Aug 2022 11:12

    Technical assistance activities aim to help developing countries take full advantage of the multilateral trading system. Within the WTO Secretariat, these activities are coordinated by the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), based on technical assistance and training plans. The Committee on Trade and Development regularly oversees all Trade-Related Technical Assistance activities.

    The WTO's technical assistance and training plans contain detailed information on all of the WTO Secretariat's Technical Assistance “products” as well as on individual activities. The WTO responds to specific national and regional needs in line with its Progressive Learning Strategy, which provides graduated levels of training to course participants. A results-based management approach is used to monitor and evaluate these activities and to further develop the assistance provided.

    The changing needs of WTO members continue to determine the type of assistance...

  • #ICYMI - check out the new WTO statistics dashboard, launched on March 31, to simplify access to graphical presentation of data on trade and tariffs. ? Link https://t.co/9R4vAQdtVx
    WTO Mon 08 Aug 2022 10:02

    The WTO Stats Dashboard allows users to filter and change displayed information. Depending on the graph, data can be explored by reporting economy, trade flow, period (annual, quarterly, monthly), trade category, and product or sector breakdown.

    Data sets available on the WTO Stats Portal are presented visually in the new tool via three distinct dashboards. The Merchandise Trade Dashboard provides a global overview of merchandise trade values via a global map, as well as regional breakdown and trends over time that can be explored by reporting economy and time period. This dashboard also presents merchandise trade indices in graphical form.

    The Commercial Services Trade Dashboard presents published data on trade in commercial services by sector. Information on values and shares is presented with easy-to-follow colour coding. This dashboard also visualises the WTO-OECD Balanced Trade in Services (BaTiS) dataset, which uses both official statistics and...

  • #ICYMI: Panellists at the WTO seminar on food security discussed the relationship between trade & the various dimensions of food security. Learn more about the main causes of food insecurity & how WTO members can address these issues. ? ? Link #WTOAg https://t.co/P66L0Wz6YL
    WTO Sun 07 Aug 2022 12:08
  • WTO, WHO, WIPO to hold virtual workshop on innovation and access to COVID-19 technologies #IntellectualProperty Link https://t.co/XNcRYYgVOG
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 15:26

    The workshop is part of the existing collaboration framework between the three organizations, as highlighted by their Directors-General on 15 June. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Daren Tang and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala agreed the three agencies will collaborate on the organization of practical capacity-building workshops at the technical level to enhance the flow of updated information on current developments in the pandemic and responses to achieve equitable access to COVID-19 health technologies. The aim of these workshops is to strengthen the capacity of policymakers and experts in member governments to address the pandemic accordingly.  

    The first in the series of workshops will address technology transfer and licensing. It will convey information to enhance knowledge and understanding of how IP, know-how and technology transfer work in practice, not only vis-à-vis medical technologies but also for related products and services.

    Participation is...

  • WTO celebrates UN resolution recognizing 7 October as World Cotton Day #WTOAg #WTOCotton Link https://t.co/g0YK7q92lM
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 15:26

    "The UN resolution on World Cotton Day recognizes the importance of cotton for millions of people and acknowledges the work undertaken in the WTO since the launch of the cotton initiative in 2003. It is also a recognition of the excellent cooperative spirit between all the international, regional and national partners involved," said WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    "The UN resolution should help catalyse progress in the WTO's work on cotton, including the ongoing trade negotiations and the other initiatives on cotton in the run-up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference at the end of this year. I am convinced that these can deliver concrete positive results for millions of cotton producers, especially in least-developed countries. Celebrations marking 7 October can also foster sustainable trade policies for cotton and enable least-developed countries (LDCs) to benefit more from every step along the extensive cotton value chain," she added.

    On 30...

  • Trade in wheat is trending low owing to market movements in Canada, Russia and the US. More market info from @AMISoutlook : Link @FAO #WTOAg #FoodSystems https://t.co/mrQ7mJvory
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 15:16
  • Trade in maize is ticking downward as a result of reduced shipments from Brazil and the US. More market info from @AMISoutlook : Link @FAO #WTOAg #FoodSystems https://t.co/RMgHPkA8rM
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 15:01
  • RT @g20org: Italian Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli kicked off the #G20 Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture, a key opportunity…
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 14:46
  • RT @g20org: The first two sessions of the #G20 Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture: 1) Increasing productivity, employment and value-ad…
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 14:46
  • Trade in soybean slightly contracted under the impact of declining demand from China. More market info from @AMISoutlook : Link @FAO #WTOAg #FoodSystems https://t.co/CCuK3vPA7z
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 14:36
  • Trade in rice remains active with rising demands from Africa and other regions. More market info from @AMISoutlook : Link @FAO #WTOAg #FoodSystems https://t.co/EMNeY6LXv5
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 13:26
  • International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify cooperation to deliver COVID-19 vaccines Link https://t.co/vnOUgNpzcj
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 13:06

    The Task Force members noted that, despite adequate total global vaccine production in the aggregate, the doses are not reaching low- and lower middle-income countries in sufficient amounts, resulting in a crisis of vaccine inequity. The Task Force encouraged countries that have contracted high amounts of vaccine doses, and vaccine manufacturers, to come together in good faith to urgently accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supplies to COVAX and AVAT, two multilateral mechanisms that are crucial for equitable distribution of vaccines. 

    Task Force members welcomed the willingness of the CEOs to work collectively with them to end vaccine inequity and their readiness to form a technical working group with the Task Force to exchange and coordinate information on vaccine production and deliveries.

    The Task Force stressed that if the 40% coverage threshold is to be reached in all countries by the end of 2021, the following actions need to be taken immediately by...

  • RT @NOIweala: Thank you @VDombrovskis! It was a pleasure to receive you, @WeyandSabine and the EU team! I appreciate your support to the WT…
    WTO Thu 16 Sep 2021 12:56
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