• On #AntiCorruptionDay, see how the WTO's #TradeFacilitation Agreement can help reduce the incidence of corruption by simplifying trade procedures and reducing delays for goods passing through customs. Download: Link) https://t.co/Z964eKMvqD
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 20:09
  • G20-AMIS underscores impacts of trade tensions, massive ASF outbreaks and extreme weather conditions on food markets throughout 2019. The market outlook for 2020 remains, however, cautiously optimistic for soybeans, rice, wheat and maize. #wtosps #wtoag
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 19:34
  • Find about the latest domestic and trade policy developments taking place in the grain, oilseed and biofuel sectors in G20-AMIS participating countries: Link #wtoag
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 18:04
  • .@WTODGAzevedo to launch intensive consultations on resolving Appellate Body impasse Link https://t.co/7EgDxD6Tri
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 17:29

    Addressing the WTO's General Council, DG Azevêdo said the consultations, to take place at Heads of Delegation level, would focus on whether members are discussing all the elements that need to be addressed in finding a solution and what basic concepts members need to agree on so as to make progress.

    "A well-functioning, impartial and binding dispute settlement system is a core pillar of the WTO system," DG Azevêdo declared. "Rules-based dispute resolution prevents trade conflicts from ending up in escalating tit-for-tat retaliation - which becomes difficult to stop once it starts - or becoming intractable political quagmires."

    "Obviously the paralysis of the Appellate Body does not mean that rules-based dispute settlement has stopped at the WTO," DG Azevêdo continued. "Members will continue to resolve WTO disputes through consultations, panels, and other means envisaged in the WTO agreements such as arbitration or good offices of the DG … but we cannot abandon...

  • The Agricultural Market Information System (G20-AMIS) highlights the importance of maritime transportation services for grain trade and the implications of changing economic, geopolitical, environmental and technological patterns: Link #wtoag
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 16:14
  • The Agricultural Market Information System (G20-AMIS) highlights the importance of maritime transportation services for grain trade and the implications of changing economic, geopolitical, environmental and technological patterns: Link #wtoag
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 16:04
  • The Agricultural Market Information System (G20-AMIS) highlights the importance of maritime transportation services for grain trade and the implications of changing economic, geopolitical, environmental and technological patterns: Link #wtoag
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 14:24
  • RT @AMISoutlook: The December 2019 issue of AMIS Market Monitor is just off the press! Get a last update on commodities markets before the…
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 10:19
  • Happening now at the #WTO: final General Council of 2019. The General Council is the highest decision-making body of the WTO outside ministerial conferences. The agenda includes regular topics, such as reports about progress in negotiations & also items proposed by WTO members. https://t.co/2jf6NaT5wy
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 10:14
  • ? The week ahead ?? General Council (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) ?? TPRB discussion (Thursday) on the annual report by @WTODGAZEVEDO - Overview of developments in the international trading environment. ?? Committee on Rules of Origin (Friday) See ? Link https://t.co/zM7hJFLYap
    WTO Mon 09 Dec 2019 07:04
  • ?? Discover the main blockchain projects related to #trade in this new report launched during the Global Trade & #Blockchain Forum at the WTO! ?? Click here to download it: Link https://t.co/Jq2npG1l1u
    WTO Sun 08 Dec 2019 20:53

    Building on the WTO publication “Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?” authored by Emmanuelle Ganne and TFG’s white paper “Blockchain and Trade Finance”, this study provides an overview of the main projects underway in trade, with a focus on trade finance, shipping, and the digitalization of trade documents, and assesses their stages of maturity. Based on a survey of more than 200 actors in the field, it analyses the key challenges that companies involved in blockchain projects are facing and discusses actions that may need to be taken to allow the technology to truly transform international trade. After years of hype around blockchain, the time has come for a reality check. 

  • Global trade dynamics are changing and trade hubs are pressured to find ways to attract and facilitate trade. #Blockchain provides the opportunity to see trade facilitation in action and to address costly inefficient border procedures, says Khalil Haddadi of @dubaichamber. https://t.co/92L918jJgt
    WTO Sun 08 Dec 2019 20:53
  • At this #COP25 trade and climate consultation last week, @WTO’s Daniel Ramos raised the issue of complexities in correctly determining the #carbon footprint of products, in particular for MSMEs & developing countries. Cooperation and capacity building will be key, read on. Link
    WTO Sun 08 Dec 2019 13:08

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  • ? WTO report shows trade-restrictions among #G20 economies remain at historic high levels. Learn more: Link https://t.co/52TdalSQG0
    WTO Sun 08 Dec 2019 13:03

    “The report's findings should be of serious concern for G20 governments and the broader international community. Historically high levels of trade-restrictive measures are having a clear impact on growth, job creation and purchasing power around the world. We need to see strong leadership from G20 economies if we want to avoid increased uncertainty, lower investment and even weaker trade growth.

    “We have seen how world trade has stalled during the review period. The WTO downgraded its forecast for merchandise trade growth in 2019 to 1.2%, the slowest since the crisis a decade ago, much lower than April's estimate of 2.6%. New trade restrictions and increasing trade tensions will only add to the uncertainty that is dragging down growth in the world economy. This trend needs to be reversed.”

  • Rules based international trade is key to control and prevent pests, weeds and disease causing organisms to spread into new areas. Protecting plants has a direct impact on #FoodSafety and WTO is at the center of that global policy debate. #IYPH2020 #WTOsps Link
    WTO Sun 08 Dec 2019 13:03

    WTO hosts International Forum on Food Safety and Trade to strengthen global cooperation Access to safe food is a central element of public health and crucial for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. International cooperation will help to deliver this goal. WTO rules can play an important part by enabling governments to protect their citizens while ensuring trade can play its critical part in maintaining timely supplies of safe and affordable food.This forum, held on 23-24 April, builds on a previous event in Addis Ababa in February 2019. Speakers in this video:WTO Director-General Roberto AzevêdoWHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusOIE Director-General Monique EloitFAO Director-General José Graziano da SilvaAfrican Union Commissioner Josefa Leonel Correia SackoLearn more at wto.org

  • #Blockchain has an important role to play in helping people in developing countries to build their digital identities, some speakers said. Based on his/her good performance in the system, one can self- build her own identity and make it become more solid over time. https://t.co/5D2uEt4AKx
    WTO Sat 07 Dec 2019 15:17
  • ? The use of #blockchain technologies can increase the efficiency, speed and volume of global trade, said @HelenKopman, citing a European Parliament resolution. https://t.co/3GZRCEZdtD
    WTO Sat 07 Dec 2019 15:17
  • ?? Discover the main blockchain projects related to #trade in this new report launched during the Global Trade & #Blockchain Forum at the WTO! ?? Click here to download it: Link https://t.co/29zgNOluPx
    WTO Sat 07 Dec 2019 11:12

    Building on the WTO publication “Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?” authored by Emmanuelle Ganne and TFG’s white paper “Blockchain and Trade Finance”, this study provides an overview of the main projects underway in trade, with a focus on trade finance, shipping, and the digitalization of trade documents, and assesses their stages of maturity. Based on a survey of more than 200 actors in the field, it analyses the key challenges that companies involved in blockchain projects are facing and discusses actions that may need to be taken to allow the technology to truly transform international trade. After years of hype around blockchain, the time has come for a reality check. 

  • RT @WTODGAZEVEDO: How can we place the consumer perspective at the centre of policy discussions on the #digitaleconomy - including here at…
    WTO Sat 07 Dec 2019 11:12
  • Global trade dynamics are changing and trade hubs are pressured to find ways to attract and facilitate trade. #Blockchain provides the opportunity to see trade facilitation in action and to address costly inefficient border procedures, says Khalil Haddadi of @dubaichamber. https://t.co/4jSo6fEmyy
    WTO Sat 07 Dec 2019 10:17
  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body #TradeDisputes Link https://t.co/yRMo7kXLte
    WTO Fri 06 Dec 2019 18:01

    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 18 December 2019, 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”.

  • .@WTODGAzevedo urges WTO members to find ways forward on the dispute settlement system Link https://t.co/cnWeOL2loo
    WTO Fri 06 Dec 2019 18:01

    In his remarks, the Director-General said that while the effective suspension of appellate review of WTO dispute rulings is a serious challenge to the global trade body's adjudication function, it "does not mean the end of the multilateral trading system".

    "Existing WTO rules still apply. WTO disciplines and principles will continue to underpin world trade. And members will continue to use WTO rules to resolve trade conflicts - in regular WTO bodies, through consultations, via dispute settlement panels, and through any other means envisaged in the WTO agreements," he said.

    Members have important decisions to make, with implications for the WTO and for their respective economies, DG Azevêdo said.

    "Where we go from here is in your hands. What we do – or just as significantly, what we fail to do – will define the trajectory of this organization.

    "On rule-making, your choices could contribute to restoring certainty in the global economy, and help...

  • European Union appeals second compliance panel ruling in Airbus dispute #TradeDisputes Link https://t.co/nh51k96BiQ
    WTO Fri 06 Dec 2019 18:01

    Further information will be available within the next few days in document WT/DS316/43

    Parties to a dispute can appeal a panel's ruling. Appeals must be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation — they cannot re-open factual findings made by the panel. Each appeal is heard by three members comprising persons of recognized authority and unaffiliated with any government. Generally, the Appellate Body has up to 3 months to conclude its report.

  • Ecuador launches safeguard investigation on flat ceramics Link https://t.co/cGAAdQKOO7
    WTO Fri 06 Dec 2019 18:01

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

    "Date of the initiation of the investigation: The date on which the resolution is published in the Official Register.

    Qualification as interested parties: Interested parties in the investigation process must be qualified as such, justifying such qualification before the Investigating Authority up to thirty (30) days after the date of the initiation of the investigation.".

    Further information is available in G/SG/N/6/ECU/10 (in Spanish only for now). Contact details are indicated in this notification.

     

  • RT @OshikawaMaika: I updated the participants of the #CRT8 on the state of play of ongoing accession negotiations. This was followed by a r…
    WTO Fri 06 Dec 2019 16:31
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