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  • WTO report shows trade restrictions among G20 continuing at historic high levels
    The WTO’s 21st Monitoring Report on G20 trade measures issued on 24 June shows that the trade coverage of new import-restrictive measures introduced during the period (October 2018 to May 2019) was more than 3.5 times the average since May 2012 when the report started including trade coverage figures. The report found that trade coverage of USD 335.9 billion during the period is the second highest figure on record, after the USD 480.9 billion reported in the previous period. Together, these two periods represent a dramatic spike in the trade coverage of import-restrictive measures, leading WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to...

  • DG Azevêdo: Research vital in making the balanced case for trade and the trading system
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in opening the seventh annual WTO/World Bank/IMF Trade Conference at the WTO headquarters on 24 June, said research is vital to make the case for the multilateral trading system as governments reassess policies and opportunities to renew cooperation arise.

  • DG Azevêdo welcomes President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria to the WTO
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria to the WTO on 24 June. The two discussed current trade tensions and the importance of the WTO in promoting stability and predictability in international trade.

  • Panels to review US duties on Spanish olives, Indonesian compliance with chicken ruling
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 24 June, WTO members agreed to a request from the European Union for a dispute panel to review anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on imported olives from Spain. Members also agreed to Brazil’s request for a panel to examine whether Indonesia has complied with an earlier WTO ruling regarding measures impeding the import of chicken meat and chicken products.

  • DG Azevêdo welcomes His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium to the WTO
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium to the WTO on 20 June. The two discussed current global trade tensions, the importance of the multilateral trading system, and how to make trade more inclusive in the future. The King was accompanied by Mr Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Consumer Employment.

  • Regional Trade Policy Course under way in Trinidad and Tobago
    Twenty-two participants are attending the two-month Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for Caribbean members and observers of the WTO. The RTPC is being held in Trinidad and Tobago in partnership with the University of the West Indies. The course started on 3 June and will end on 26 July 2019.

  • DG Azevêdo: “WTO reform and development are intrinsically linked”
    Speaking at a retreat organised by China on 19 June addressing the theme of development and WTO reform, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to work together to ease tensions, strengthen mechanisms of cooperation and build confidence in the trading system. The WTO “is critical for development but for the WTO to work well it must be ready to change and improve,” he declared. The text of the DG’s remarks is below:

  • Registration opens for public hearing in “Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine”
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “Canada — Measures Governing the Sale of Wine” (DS537), the panel has decided to open its first substantive meeting to public observation on 18 and 19 July 2019. The live screening will take place at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva.

  • WTO welcomes close to 3,000 visitors to its Open Day
    The WTO welcomed close to 3,000 visitors to its headquarters on Sunday 16 June for the fifth WTO Open Day. Visitors enjoyed guided tours of the building, gained insights into the work of the WTO, sampled the national cuisines of a range of WTO members and took part in many other activities organized throughout the day. One of the day’s key events was a special award presented by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to Geneva’s diplomatic police.

  • 16th WTO-WIPO colloquium for intellectual property teachers opens in Geneva
    A two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property (IP), jointly organized by the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), opened in Geneva on 17 June 2019. The event aims at helping teachers from developing countries and economies in transition to become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities concerning intellectual property law and policy and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching.

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