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  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 21 September 2018, 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”.

  • Members start September-December fisheries subsidies talks under intensified work programme
    Heads of WTO member delegations, at the 17 September meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, voiced their strong commitment to creative, constructive engagement in the fisheries subsidies negotiations based on the intensified work programme for September to December that was agreed in late July.

  • Workshop on government procurement concludes in Geneva
    A government procurement workshop held at the WTO from 10 to 14 September 2018 allowed participants to discuss how to maximize the benefits arising from opening up government procurement markets.

  • DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 focus on improving the WTO to meet “current and future challenges”
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo briefed G20 trade ministers at their meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina (14 September) on the current situation in global trade, including the rising tensions between major trading partners and the role of the WTO in easing those tensions. The ministerial statement arising from the meeting recognized “the urgent need to discuss current events in international trade and ways to improve the WTO to face current and future challenges”. The statement was welcomed by DG Azevêdo.

  • WTO announces winner of 2018 Essay Award for Young Economists
    The winner of the 2018 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists is Alonso de Gortari of Harvard University. His paper, “Disentangling Global Value Chains”, was ranked first by the Selection Panel. He receives a prize of CHF 5,000.

  • Four days remaining to register for the Public Forum
    Only four days are left to register for this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending this year’s Forum should submit an online application form no later than 16 September 2018. Last minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted. Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

  • Canada requests consultations with China on compliance with paper duties ruling
    Canada has requested consultations with China regarding China’s alleged non-compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body in the dispute concerning Chinese anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian cellulose pulp (DS483). The request was circulated to WTO members on 12 September.

  • Trade Policy Review: Chinese Taipei
    The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Chinese Taipei takes place on 12 and 14 September 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by Chinese Taipei.

  • Azevêdo urges Commonwealth to play full part in strengthening the multilateral system
    Speaking at a meeting of WTO Commonwealth members held at the WTO on 11 September, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said the support provided by Commonwealth members for the multilateral trading system is hugely important. “Bringing together countries of all sizes, from all continents, this group has a powerful voice,” he said, “and I am sure that you will continue to be a strong and positive voice” in maintaining and strengthening the rules and structures in place today.

  • DG Azevêdo opens week-long workshop on government procurement
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on 10 September 2018, addressed the second “Advanced Global Workshop on Government Procurement” held at the WTO. DG Azevêdo highlighted the importance of transparent and effective government procurement systems for delivering a high standard of public goods and services to consumers. He also emphasized how the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement is enhancing transparency and market access in this sector and how its growing relevance in today’s global economy is evidenced by the increasing number of WTO members seeking to join the Agreement.

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