• RT @NOIweala: Terrific conference yesterday on solving the problem of inequity in access to vaccines - so no one has to stand in line. Grat…
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 13:46
  • Virtual seminar to explore TRIPS and trade in knowledge #IntellectualProperty Link https://t.co/LOl7B72GBc
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 13:16

    The seminar builds on, and contributes to, the WTO Secretariat's work to update and broaden its outreach and capacity building on the policy and development implications of the IP dimension of knowledge flows. It draws on the insights from an earlier Seminar on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Flows in a Digital Era and foreshadows a WTO publication, Trade in Knowledge, to be published later this year.  

    Panellists will look at the growth and diversity of trade in digital products as defined by intellectual property rights, trade in IP products on digital platforms, and the knowledge component of global value chains. They will explore how IP and licensing practices define and enable trade in digital products and support trade on digital platforms, as well as their coherence with the trading system and development opportunities.

    Expert speakers will join the webinar from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World...

  • RT @WorldBank: How to ensure fair access & distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries for a #ResilientRecovery? Join our exp…
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 12:26
  • Meet Oscar Fernando from Indonesia ?? Oscar is attached to the Trade Policies Review Division, as part of the fifth cohort of the WTO Young Professionals Programme: Link Oscar tells us more about himself ? https://t.co/41opPyfvi1
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 11:01

    The WTO Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2016 as an opportunity for qualified young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO to enhance their knowledge regarding WTO and international trade issues. The programme aims to attract professionals from under-represented countries who can consequently improve their chances of being recruited by the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations. The Programme is part of the Secretariat's efforts to increase diversity and broaden the representation of the membership.

  • WTO Director-General @NOIweala summarizes the key takeaways of the meeting with WTO Members, vaccine manufacturers & international organizations to discuss ways to address trade-related obstacles to #COVID19 vaccine production. Link https://t.co/qpwjyLY0iJ
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 09:51

    Speaking at the conclusion of the WTO-organized meeting “COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?”, the Director-General said that statements from government ministers, vaccine manufacturers, civil society advocates and leaders of international organizations had identified problems and pointed to potential solutions.  

    “This is a problem of the global commons, and we have to solve it together,” she said.

    She expressed hope that the meeting, which included roughly 50 speakers, would serve as the basis for continued dialogue aimed at delivering results in terms of increased vaccine production volumes in the short-term as well as longer-term investments in vaccine production and enhancing the trading system's contribution to pandemic preparedness.

    The discussion shed light on the complexity of the vaccine scale-up challenge, DG Okonjo-Iweala said.

    The large number of trade-related concerns expressed during the meeting, from...

  • ?Production situation, price levels, trade forecast, new policies... everything and interesting things that you need to know about the crops markets are all in one package, presented by @AMISoutlook: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/SRyOu0qte5
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 08:36
  • . @AMISoutlook scoop: global prices of main crops remain stable thanks to the market confidence in sufficient demand and supply. ? More: https://t.co/2L33Ct4exc #WTOAg Link #WTOAg https://t.co/7RPiMcucOL
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 08:21
  • On this day 27 years ago, countries signed the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization, which officially came into being on 1 Jan 1995. Learn more about this and other milestones of the multilateral trading system: Link https://t.co/Cd0egU2CXN
    WTO Thu 15 Apr 2021 05:46

    From the early days of the Silk Road to the creation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the birth of the WTO, trade has played an important role in supporting economic development and promoting peaceful relations among nations. This page traces the history of trade, from its earliest roots to the present day.

  • The WTO must play a central part in the response to the #COVID19 crisis, said DG @NOIweala at a meeting with WTO members, vaccine manufacturers & international organizations. Learn more here: Link https://t.co/NxHmKAKTYz
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 20:40

    Speaking at the conclusion of the WTO-organized meeting "COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?", the Director-General said that statements from government ministers, vaccine manufacturers, civil society advocates and leaders of international organizations had identified problems and pointed to potential solutions.  

    "This is a problem of the global commons, and we have to solve it together," she said.

    She expressed hope that the meeting, which included roughly 50 speakers, would serve as the basis for continued dialogue aimed at delivering results in terms of increased vaccine production volumes in the short-term as well as longer-term investments in vaccine production and enhancing the trading system's contribution to pandemic preparedness.

    The discussion shed light on the complexity of the vaccine scale-up challenge, DG Okonjo-Iweala said.

    The large number of trade-related concerns expressed during the meeting, from...

  • Chair Summary following “COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?” Link https://t.co/dTywqHg6UZ
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 20:25

    One thing that came out of today's discussions is that it was only through working together across borders that scientists developed safe and effective vaccines in record time. And it is only by working together, across borders, that we'll be able to solve the problems [of vaccine scarcity and equitable access] discussed today. This is a problem of the global commons, and we have to solve it together.

    Our purpose today was to contribute to efforts to increase vaccine production and broaden access, starting with the immediate term.

    Specifically we had three goals:

    The first was to pinpoint the obstacles, particularly the trade-related obstacles, to ramping up production, and to equitably distributing and administering vaccines - and we looked at how the WTO could contribute to these solutions.

    The second was to bring together people who are able to increase and to scale up manufacturing, people in a position to share technology and knowhow, and...

  • DG Okonjo-Iweala calls for follow-up action after WTO vaccine equity event Link https://t.co/bHX2OMxkny
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 20:25

    Speaking at the conclusion of the WTO-organized meeting "COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?", the Director-General said that statements from government ministers, vaccine manufacturers, civil society advocates and leaders of international organizations had identified problems and pointed to potential solutions.  

    "This is a problem of the global commons, and we have to solve it together," she said.

    She expressed hope that the meeting, which included roughly 50 speakers, would serve as the basis for continued dialogue aimed at delivering results in terms of increased vaccine production volumes in the short-term as well as longer-term investments in vaccine production and enhancing the trading system's contribution to pandemic preparedness.

    The discussion shed light on the complexity of the vaccine scale-up challenge, DG Okonjo-Iweala said.

    The large number of trade-related concerns expressed during the meeting, from...

  • Trade Policy Review: Tonga Link https://t.co/bsMyTYcxxI
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 12:10

    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.

  • .@AMISoutlook scoop: Maize trade remains vibrant sustained by the strong demand from China. More: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/RLaFmCMDgE
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 09:25
  • .@AMISoutlook scoop: Soybean trade is slightly ticking down due to the lower demand from Asia. More: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/5o9HcxWvg8
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 09:10
  • .@AMISoutlook scoop: Trade in rice is in the expansion, due to the growing exports from India??, Pakistan?? and Thailand??. More: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/C8egYB4Mmu
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 08:45
  • .@AMISoutlook scoop: Trade in wheat is on the rise, driven by the purchases of big buyers such as China?? and Nigeria??. https://t.co/yYuUv31tya
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 08:30
  • Happening now at the WTO: second Trade Policy Review of #Tonga ?? Tatafu Moeaki, Minister for Trade and Economic Development, heads the Tongan delegation from Nukualofa. WTO and Goverment reports available from 12:00 hours GMT: Link @tongaportal @TongaMfa https://t.co/TlTDUeoyxo
    WTO Wed 14 Apr 2021 08:25

    Surveillance of national trade policies is a fundamentally important activity running throughout the work of the WTO. At the centre of this work is the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). All WTO members are reviewed, the frequency of each country’s review varying according to its share of world trade.

  • Meet Mkhosi Mdluli from #Eswatini ?? As part of the fifth cohort of WTO Young Professionals Programme, he is working this year at the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC). Know more about the YP Programme: Link And more about Mkhosi ? https://t.co/A83i6aPMHq
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 14:59

    The WTO Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2016 as an opportunity for qualified young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO to enhance their knowledge regarding WTO and international trade issues. The programme aims to attract professionals from under-represented countries who can consequently improve their chances of being recruited by the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations. The Programme is part of the Secretariat's efforts to increase diversity and broaden the representation of the membership.

  • DG Okonjo-Iweala: Equitable vaccine access key to sustained recovery for growth and trade Link https://t.co/JibBuMhCa7
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 13:44

    The Director-General met bilaterally with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. The meeting focused on scaling up the global COVID-19 response and addressing gaps in the global production and distribution of vaccines, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies and the broader WTO reform agenda.

    She also took part in the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, where she had discussions with the respective agency heads as well as the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation.

    At the end of the week, the Director-General said:

    “In all of my discussions in Washington, D.C. it was clearer than ever that a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic means rapid, equitable access to vaccines, especially in developing and least developed countries. Continued vaccine scarcity and the related threat of dangerous new viral...

  • The Suez Canal blockage sent shockwaves through the global supply chain. ? @AMISoutlook scoop: more logistics news that is worth our attention? Link #WTOAg https://t.co/js3RAw4b6K
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 13:29
  • ?Do you know what farm stimulus policies were taken by main economies to neutralize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? .@AMISoutlook scoop: Let´s take a peek at the new policies issued by China??, the US?? and Brazil??. More: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/XalxbW6in4
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 13:04
  • ? Good news on the crops markets: Latest forecasts confirm expectations of a strong rebound in global soybean and rice production??? in 2020/21. ?The new edition of @AMISoutlook tells you more: Link #WTOAg https://t.co/FpvjyB3EcW
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 12:44
  • DG calls on WTO members to narrow remaining gaps in fisheries subsidies negotiations #fisheriessubsidies Link https://t.co/ix8IORSz5Q
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 12:09

    "I call on all members, and in particular all Heads of Delegation, to prioritize the fisheries subsidies negotiations over the coming months, and to remain flexible and available as and when needed," DG Okonjo-Iweala said, underlining that progress this week in exchanges among members at this high level is especially critical to reaching an outcome by the middle of the year.   "Please keep the date of July in mind as when we need to finally close these negotiations," she added.

    "Concluding these negotiations is a top priority for this organization, not only for the fisheries, but also for the WTO system. We simply cannot afford to fail here," she said. "We have reached a considerable degree of maturity in the negotiations and we should do what it takes to close it." Read the full text of her statement here.

    The chair of the negotiating group, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, is convening a cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings on 12-16 April...

  • Negotiating Group on Rules — Fisheries Subsidies: Plenary meeting at the level of Heads of Delegation #fisheriessubsidies Link https://t.co/p8u2mDx7YJ
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 12:09

    Thank you, Santiago, for inviting me to join you today. It is a pleasure to be with you. Let me also join Santiago in thanking you for taking your time this morning and this week for focusing on the fisheries subsidies. I know you have an intensive week ahead of you but I think this is really necessary if we are to reach an outcome as soon as possible this year.

    You have probably heard me say and I will continue to say that concluding these negotiations is a top priority for this organization, not only for the fisheries, but also for the WTO system. We simply cannot afford to fail here. I have made this point in all of my contacts and conversations with ministers, heads of governments, and other senior officials. I think everyone agrees with me that if there is anything that would demonstrate that the WTO is back and capable of having positive results, it is a good outcome early enough this year to these fisheries subsidies negotiations. I just came back from the US...

  • Keep July in mind as when we must finally conclude #FisheriesSubsidies negotiations at the WTO, Director-General @NOIweala told heads of delegations yesterday. Read on: Link https://t.co/YBWJng2odw
    WTO Tue 13 Apr 2021 12:09

    "I call on all members, and in particular all Heads of Delegation, to prioritize the fisheries subsidies negotiations over the coming months, and to remain flexible and available as and when needed," DG Okonjo-Iweala said, underlining that progress this week in exchanges among members at this high level is especially critical to reaching an outcome by the middle of the year.   "Please keep the date of July in mind as when we need to finally close these negotiations," she added.

    "Concluding these negotiations is a top priority for this organization, not only for the fisheries, but also for the WTO system. We simply cannot afford to fail here," she said. "We have reached a considerable degree of maturity in the negotiations and we should do what it takes to close it." Read the full text of her statement here.

    The chair of the negotiating group, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, is convening a cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings on 12-16 April...

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