Azevêdo: We must face the challenges of a new industrial revolution
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Azevêdo: We must face the challenges of a new industrial revolution

Speaking at the International Monetary Conference in Washington D.C. on 4 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that at a time of fundamental economic change dominated by automation and new technologies, we need to find ways to shape the new economy in a way that benefits all, to speak up for …

EU initiates new WTO compliance proceedings over Airbus subsidies
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EU initiates new WTO compliance proceedings over Airbus subsidies

The European Union has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States to address the EU’s claim that the EU and its member states have complied with the WTO ruling on subsidies to Airbus which was adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body on 28 May. The request was circulated to …

Azevêdo on World Environment Day: ‘Trade has important role in protecting the planet’
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Azevêdo on World Environment Day: ‘Trade has important role in protecting the planet’

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the important role of trade in fostering a sustainable world economy. An open and transparent trading system aligned with sound environmental policies acts as a catalyst for enhancing the protection and well-being of the planet, …

Deadline for submitting proposals for 2018 Public Forum extended to 15 June
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Deadline for submitting proposals for 2018 Public Forum extended to 15 June

The deadline for submitting proposals for this year’s Public Forum — entitled “Trade 2030” — has been extended to 15 June 2018. Individuals interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, to be held on 2-4 October, are invited to complete an application form.

WTO issues 2018 Annual Report
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WTO issues 2018 Annual Report

The WTO’s Annual Report, published today (31 May), provides a comprehensive account of the organization’s activities in 2017 and early 2018. The Report opens with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and a brief overview of the year. This is followed by more in-depth accounts of the WTO’s various areas …

Azevêdo: “The stability of the trading system is fundamental to our economic wellbeing”
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Azevêdo: “The stability of the trading system is fundamental to our economic wellbeing”

Speaking at an OECD Ministerial Council meeting on 31 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said the multilateral trading system provides a stable and predictable business environment that helps to drive economic growth. He underlined the need to defend this stability but also to strengthen and safeguard the system so that it …

Azevêdo challenges ministers to raise voices in support of trading system
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Azevêdo challenges ministers to raise voices in support of trading system

Speaking at an informal ministerial meeting on 31 May in the margins of the OECD meetings in Paris, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo argued that the WTO is essential in resolving growing trade tensions, as it has done on previous occasions, but that this requires members’ active support for the system itself.

WTO to hold seminar on cross-border movement of service-providing individuals
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WTO to hold seminar on cross-border movement of service-providing individuals

At a meeting of the Council for Trade in Services (CTS) on 30 May, WTO members agreed to hold a thematic seminar on the temporary movement of natural persons across borders for the purpose of supplying services. Also known as “Mode 4”, this trade modality covers individuals who are either …

Symposium highlights role of Trade Facilitation Agreement in easing global flow of goods
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Symposium highlights role of Trade Facilitation Agreement in easing global flow of goods

A joint G20-OECD-WTO event held on 30 May 2018 at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris discussed how the international community can join efforts to further ease the flow of goods among WTO members. The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was cited as a model for …

DDG Wolff: Trade is a vitally important driver of opportunities for small businesses
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DDG Wolff: Trade is a vitally important driver of opportunities for small businesses

Speaking at the Small Business Standards Conference in Brussels on 30 May 2018, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff emphasised the role micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have in driving growth and generating jobs. He highlighted the barriers that can prevent MSMEs from participating in international trade and the role of …

DG Azevêdo welcomes President Macron’s call to strengthen the trading system
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DG Azevêdo welcomes President Macron’s call to strengthen the trading system

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on 30 May, where they discussed the current global trade tensions as well as the central role of the WTO in safeguarding the stability and predictability of the trading system.

Japan files appeal against panel ruling regarding Korean duties on pneumatic valves
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Japan files appeal against panel ruling regarding Korean duties on pneumatic valves

On 28 May Japan filed an appeal regarding a WTO panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Anti-Dumping Duties on Pneumatic Valves from Japan” (DS504). The panel circulated its report on 12 April 2018.

Trade Policy Review: Guinea
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Trade Policy Review: Guinea

The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Guinea takes place on 29 and 31 May 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Guinea.

Trade Policy Review: Mauritania
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Trade Policy Review: Mauritania

The third review of the trade policies and practices of Mauritania takes place on 29 and 31 May 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Mauritania.

Panels established to rule on Indian export measures, US duties
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Panels established to rule on Indian export measures, US duties

At its meeting on 28 May, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to a request from the United States for the establishment of a dispute panel to examine certain alleged export subsidy measures in India. The DSB also agreed to a request from Korea for a dispute panel to …

DG Azevêdo calls on APEC members to help address challenges in global trade
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DG Azevêdo calls on APEC members to help address challenges in global trade

Addressing a meeting of APEC trade ministers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 25 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on ministers to address rising trade tensions and to step up efforts to advance the WTO’s work in a number of areas. During their session on ‘Supporting the Multilateral Trading …

DG Azevêdo in Papua New Guinea: ‘WTO gives smaller economies the platform to succeed’
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DG Azevêdo in Papua New Guinea: ‘WTO gives smaller economies the platform to succeed’

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 24 May, meeting with Minister Rimbink Pato to discuss how trade can continue to serve the country in the years to come. The Director-General noted the importance of the WTO in giving smaller economies like Papua New Guinea the support …

India initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties
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India initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties

India has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US duties on certain imported steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 23 May.

DG Azevêdo in Fiji: ‘WTO vital to help Pacific region respond to its unique challenges and opportunities’
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DG Azevêdo in Fiji: ‘WTO vital to help Pacific region respond to its unique challenges and opportunities’

In a speech at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, on 21 May 2018, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that trade and trade policy had a crucial role to play in supporting Fiji and other Pacific Islands to meet the big challenges ahead, ‘whether it’s meeting the …

DDG Wolff: WTO accession has served as a key engine for economic transformation
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DDG Wolff: WTO accession has served as a key engine for economic transformation

WTO membership assists in ongoing transformations of domestic economies for their own benefit and to improve the net benefits for all, said Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff in an address to the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan on 18 May. Here is his full speech.

Strong trade growth continues but momentum may soften in Q2, trade indicator suggests
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Strong trade growth continues but momentum may soften in Q2, trade indicator suggests

The strong rate of trade expansion is likely to continue, while slowing slightly in the second quarter of 2018, according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) released on 17 May. The WTOI’s current value of 101.8 remains above the baseline value of 100 for the index but …

WTO members complete first cluster of meetings for fisheries subsidies negotiations since MC11
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WTO members complete first cluster of meetings for fisheries subsidies negotiations since MC11

WTO members in the Negotiating Group on Rules on 14-17 May held their first substantive cluster of meetings on fisheries subsidies since the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in line with their programme of work planned for May to July. Members exchanged views and information on support for capital and operating …

DDG Wolff: Regional agreements must contribute to advancing multilateral trade
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DDG Wolff: Regional agreements must contribute to advancing multilateral trade

It is vitally important to ensure that bilateral and regional integration arrangements do not fall outside of the global system, but contribute to its advancement, said Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff in an address to the Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan on 17 May. Here is what he said:

Korea initiates WTO dispute complaints against US safeguard duties on washers, solar cells
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Korea initiates WTO dispute complaints against US safeguard duties on washers, solar cells

Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US safeguard duties imposed on imports of large residential washers and crystalline silicon photovoltaic products. The requests were circulated to WTO members on 16 May.

Appellate Body issues report regarding EU subsidy duties on PET from Pakistan
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Appellate Body issues report regarding EU subsidy duties on PET from Pakistan

On 16 May the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the case ““European Union — Countervailing Duties on Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate from Pakistan” (DS486)

Applications open for WTO workshop on trade and public health
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Applications open for WTO workshop on trade and public health

The WTO, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is holding its annual Workshop on Trade and Public Health, in Geneva from 8 to 12 October 2018. The deadline to submit applications is 8 June 2018.

Members show sustained engagement in Belarus accession process
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Members show sustained engagement in Belarus accession process

At the 10th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Belarus held on 15 May, WTO members stressed their commitment to working towards the country’s WTO accession and urged Minsk to take appropriate policy decisions in order to make a decisive push forward. The meeting was the third …

Appellate Body issues report on EU compliance in Airbus dispute
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Appellate Body issues report on EU compliance in Airbus dispute

On 15 May the WTO’s Appellate Body issued its report in the case “European Communities and Certain Member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU” (DS316)

DDG Wolff: The WTO has a key role in promoting sustainable, productive agriculture
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DDG Wolff: The WTO has a key role in promoting sustainable, productive agriculture

With digital technologies playing an increasingly important role in both food production and distribution, the WTO’s rule-based system provides ample space for policies to improve access to information and knowledge on farm trade, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 14 May. Speaking at the Global Forum on Agriculture in Paris, …

General Council: Proposed agenda
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Members voice concerns over rising trade tensions, underline support for WTO
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Members voice concerns over rising trade tensions, underline support for WTO

Forty-one members of the World Trade Organization issued a joint statement on 8 May expressing concerns over rising trade tensions and risks of escalating protectionism. The statement, delivered to a meeting of the WTO’s General Council, calls on governments to resolve their differences through dialogue and cooperation, including through the …

Azevêdo urges members to seek urgent solutions on systemic challenges
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Azevêdo urges members to seek urgent solutions on systemic challenges

At a meeting of the full WTO membership today (7 May), Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to step up their engagement towards tackling a number of systemic challenges. The Director-General also reported on his recent consultations with members on a range of issues.

DG Azevêdo launches report on role of trade in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
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DG Azevêdo launches report on role of trade in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today (3 May) to present him with a new WTO report on how trade is contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting took place at the UN Chief Executives Board session in London. The Director-General …

Appellate Body chair calls for “constructive dialogue” on addressing dispute settlement concerns
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Appellate Body chair calls for “constructive dialogue” on addressing dispute settlement concerns

The chair of the WTO’s Appellate Body called on WTO members to assume shared responsibility in order to maintain and preserve the trust and credibility that the WTO dispute settlement system in general, and the Appellate Body in particular, have built up over more than twenty years.

WTO opens online registration for 2018 Public Forum
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WTO opens online registration for 2018 Public Forum

Online registration for the 2018 Public Forum is now open. Under the main theme of “Trade 2030”, the Forum’s sub-themes will be sustainable trade, technology-enabled trade, and a more inclusive trading system. The Forum will be held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva from 2 to 4 October.

Turkey launches safeguard investigation on iron and steel products
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Turkey launches safeguard investigation on iron and steel products

On 2 May 2018, Turkey notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 27 April 2018 a safeguard investigation on iron and steel products.

Members intensify work to ensure full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement
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Members intensify work to ensure full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO members intensified work to ensure the full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 2 May meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation, which was followed by a dedicated session on technical assistance and support for capacity building. Members also elected a new Committee chair, Ambassador Dalia …

Winners of small business video competition attend training session at Google HQ
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Winners of small business video competition attend training session at Google HQ

The three small business winners of an international video competition launched by Google in partnership with the WTO and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) travelled to Mountain View, California, on 2 May to participate in a ‘master class’ in digital skills for export organized by Google and tailored to …

A training seminar on international trade for journalists from the French-speaking African countries has just been completed.
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A training seminar on international trade for journalists from the French-speaking African countries has just been completed.

Fifteen newspaper, online and TV journalists from 10 French-speaking African countries participated in the seminar, which took place at WTO headquarters in Geneva from 23 to 27 April.

Regional Trade Policy Course gets under way in Kazakhstan
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Regional Trade Policy Course gets under way in Kazakhstan

Twenty participants from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (CEECAC) began a two-month Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 30 April. Held in partnership with the University of International Business (UIB), the course will end on 22 June.