• #OIEInternationalStandards are essential to facilitate safe trade in animals and animal products, and recognised by the WTO SPS Agreement. Keep abreast of WTO-OIE collaboration on Link #WTOsps Link
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 17:08

    Problem: How do you ensure that your country’s consumers are being supplied with food that is safe to eat — “safe” by the standards you consider appropriate? And at the same time, how can you ensure that strict health and safety regulations are not being used as an excuse for protecting domestic producers?

    An agreement on how governments can apply food safety and animal and plant health measures (sanitary and phytosanitary or SPS measures) sets out the basic rules in the WTO.

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  • Accreditation for NGOs for #MC12 in Nur-Sultan closes on 29 March! Register here: Link https://t.co/NaB4hcADvN
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 13:43

    A detailed explanation of the accreditation procedure is available here.

    Online registration is available at https://eregistration.wto.org/mc12/ngo/register/en.

    NGOs should submit their requests for accreditation no later than 29 March 2020 (midnight, GMT).

    Online registration for individual NGO representatives will only be available for those NGOs that have been accredited. Individuals should be registered no later than 17 May 2020 (midnight, GMT).

    For more information, please contact us by email at: mc12-ngo@wto.org.

    More information on the Ministerial Conference is available here.

  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Welcomed German Federal Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas and his delegation to the WTO this afternoon. We looked at the macro…
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 13:08
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Good discussion with France's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs @JY_LeDrian on WTO reform and possible roles for th…
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 13:08
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi from #MC12 host Kazakhstan emphasized his government's support for the ministerial –…
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 13:08
  • Happening now at the WTO : Session on Good Regulatory Practice. Members focus on the importance of working together in rapidly changing industries, such as those involving medical devices and self-driving cars #wtotbt https://t.co/XI92LjhFdh
    WTO Tue 25 Feb 2020 11:03
  • RT @edgarsrinkevics: As always great to meet with DG of @wto Roberto Azavedo @WTODGAZEVEDO, we agree on the need to promote multilateralism…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 15:32
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Good meeting with Latvian Foreign Minister @edgarsrinkevics this morning. We discussed WTO issues including #MC12, access…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 15:32
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Great to see Lithuanian Foreign Minister @LinkeviciusL and talk about #MC12, dispute settlement, e-commerce, and accessio…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 15:32
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: @govpt Um prazer receber Augusto Santos Silva, Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Portugal. Conversamos sobre subsídio…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 15:32
  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: Pleased to welcome Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva to the WTO this morning. We had a good discussion abo…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 15:32
  • RT @LithuaniaMFA: FM ?? @LinkeviciusL met with @wto Director-General Roberto Azevêdo (@WTODGAZEVEDO). "We must use #MC12 to move forward, u…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 14:37
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Always a pleasure to meet Director-General of the World Trade Organization @WTODGAZEVEDO - great exchange about turning c…
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 14:37
  • ?Now in the panel discussion organized by @GermanyUNGeneva, members show strong support for the Communique signed by 72 agriculture ministers at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in January, stressing sustainability and bigger collaboration in ag towards MC12. #WTOAg https://t.co/eiNQh0csKo
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 13:37
  • ??Happening now: WTO members meet at the Agriculture Committee Special Session to identify the elements and processes towards shaping up an outcome at the 12th Ministerial Conference. More on agriculture ???negotiations: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/NgkvE42xzD
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:42

    WTO members have taken steps to reform the agriculture sector and to address the subsidies and high trade barriers that distort agricultural trade. The overall aim is to establish a fairer trading system that will increase market access and improve the livelihoods of farmers around the world. The WTO Agreement on Agriculture, which came into force in 1995, represents a significant step towards reforming agricultural trade and making it fairer and more competitive. The Agriculture Committee oversees implementation of the Agreement.

    Members continue to conduct negotiations for further reform. In 2015, they adopted a historic decision to abolish agricultural export subsidies and to set rules for other forms of farm export support.

  • Third anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement sees increasing implementation rate #TradeFacilitation Link https://t.co/S3DhuS6wra
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:37

    The TFA, the first multilateral deal concluded in the 25-year history of the WTO, contains members' commitments to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods across borders. As of the TFA's third anniversary, 91% of the membership have already ratified the Agreement. It entered into force three years ago when the WTO obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the Agreement from its 164 members.

    "Through this landmark reform, WTO members are working to ensure that the global trading system creates more prosperity for people,"  Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said. "Delivering easier and faster trade through the TFA is a bright spot in international economic relations. WTO members are building upon the Agreement with continued cooperation and commitment."

    The chair of the Committee on Trade Facilitation, Ambassador Mohammad Qurban Haqjo (Afghanistan), said: "On this third anniversary, we now have a roadmap for the implementation of the Agreement by...

  • ? A quick look to our week ? ?? TBT, Agriculture, GPA and Market Access Committee meetings ??Busy bilateral agenda for @WTODGAZEVEDO More info: Link https://t.co/ATOLtPqxUf
    WTO Mon 24 Feb 2020 07:02
  • ICYMI The reports for the European Union's Trade Policy Review is now available. Click here: Link https://t.co/21EuxI0abj
    WTO Sun 23 Feb 2020 15:51

    Trade Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated in the WTO agreements, in which member countries’ trade and related policies are examined and evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that may have an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. All WTO members are subject to review, with the frequency of review depending on the country’s size.

  • Teachers of #IntellectualProperty from developing countries and countries with economies in transition are invited to apply for the 17th @WIPO-WTO two-week colloquium taking place in Geneva from 15-26 June 2020. Deadline to apply 15 March ? Link https://t.co/mL6E9DP1wW
    WTO Sun 23 Feb 2020 14:46

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are jointly organizing a two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The 17th colloquium will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 15-26 June 2020

  • Today is the third anniversary of the #TradeFacilitation Agreement's entry into force! Here are 5 quick figures on the progress made so far to implement this deal for faster, easier trade. https://t.co/pxpW2tcaD9
    WTO Sat 22 Feb 2020 17:15
  • World merchandise trade growth is likely to remain weak in first quarter of 2020 and could be dampened further by #COVID-19. Read more on the latest WTO Goods Trade Barometer: Link https://t.co/4HjoNwX9Xe
    WTO Sat 22 Feb 2020 14:55

    The Goods Trade Barometer provides information on the current trajectory of world merchandise trade relative to recent trends, based on best-available forward-looking data. It does not account for recent developments such as the outbreak of COVID-19, the new coronavirus disease, which may dampen trade prospects further.

    WTO trade statistics show that the volume of world merchandise trade was down 0.2% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the previous year. While the year-on-year growth figures for the fourth quarter may pick up slightly, the latest barometer reading provides no indication of a sustained recovery. Indeed, year-on-year trade growth may fall again in the first quarter of 2020, though official statistics to confirm this will only become available in June.

    The drop in the barometer since November has been driven by additional declines in indices for container shipping (94.8) and agricultural raw materials (90.9), as well as the plateauing of...

  • Today is the third anniversary of the #TradeFacilitation Agreement's entry into force! Here are 5 quick figures on the progress made so far to implement this deal for faster, easier trade. https://t.co/UEL0didEGK
    WTO Sat 22 Feb 2020 08:50
  • Teachers of #IntellectualProperty from developing countries and countries with economies in transition are invited to apply for the 17th @WIPO-WTO two-week colloquium taking place in Geneva from 15-26 June 2020. Deadline to apply 15 March ? Link https://t.co/z52RoHd7hZ
    WTO Fri 21 Feb 2020 14:04

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are jointly organizing a two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The 17th colloquium will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 15-26 June 2020

  • Ambassador João Aguiar Machado speaks at the conclusion of the European Union’s 14th WTO Trade Policy Review, an important peer review and transparency exercise. More info: Link ?@EUmissionWTO? ?@Trade_EU? https://t.co/0nrUmKAAug
    WTO Thu 20 Feb 2020 16:08

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  • Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on caustic soda Link https://t.co/F6swpVK6lV
    WTO Thu 20 Feb 2020 11:28

    In the notification Ukraine indicated, among other things, as follows:

    "Notice of the Decision of the Interdepartmental Commission of Foreign Trade of 07 February 2020 No. SP 436/2020/4411-03 is published in 'Uryadovuy Courier' as of 11 February 2020, No 26 (https://cutt.ly/drNeGan).

    Within 20 days from the notice publication, the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine carries out registration of interested parties and considers the requirements for conducting of hearings. In investigation initiation enquiry it is necessary to indicate: name, juridical address, fax and telephone number, e-mail and name of contact person, type of activity (producer, importer, exporter, etc.). The recommended form of request for registration as an interested party of an investigation is provided in the annex to the notice."

    The notification is available in G/SG/N/6/UKR/16.

     

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