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  • New WTO delegates invited to Secretariat briefing session on the TRIPS Council January 17, 2020
    A WTO Secretariat briefing session for new WTO delegates on the work and mission of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) will be held on 28 January. The aim of the briefing is helping delegates prepare for TRIPS Council meetings and become familiarized with the various online tools available to receive, […]
  • United States notifies decision to appeal compliance panel ruling in steel dispute with India January 16, 2020
    On 18 December the United States, under Article 16 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding, notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal issues of law and legal interpretations developed by the WTO compliance panel in its report in the case brought by India in “United States — Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon […]
  • Austria gives EUR 200,000 to further developing countries’ negotiating capacity January 15, 2020
    Austria is donating EUR 200,000 (approximately CHF 220,000) to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) implement WTO agreements and to increase their trade negotiating skills.
  • DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from the China that joined the WTO in 2001 January 13, 2020
    In a speech to Chinese university students visiting the WTO on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff underlined that China’s accession to the WTO accelerated the country’s process of internal economic reform. He said that the multilateral trading system provides the essential international legal structure to assure China’s economic future through trade and encouraged China […]
  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body January 13, 2020
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 13 January 2020, 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”.
  • Panel report adopted regarding Moroccan measures on hot-rolled steel from Turkey January 8, 2020
    At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 8 January, WTO members formally adopted the panel and Appellate Body reports in a case brought by Turkey regarding anti-dumping measures imposed by Morocco on imports of certain hot-rolled steel products from Turkey.
  • Applications open for 12th WIPO-WTO Advanced Course on Intellectual Property January 7, 2020
    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO will hold the 12th annual Advanced Course on Intellectual Property for government officials from 16 to 27 March 2020. The deadline to submit applications is 17 January 2020.
  • The WTO’s 25 years of achievement and challenges January 1, 2020
    As the WTO marks its 25-year anniversary, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reflects on the organisation’s achievements and on the formidable challenges it faces in the coming years.
  • Members urge continued engagement on resolving Appellate Body issues December 18, 2019
    WTO members vowed on 18 December to continue their efforts to resolve the impasse over the start of the selection process for new Appellate Body members and improving the functioning of the Appellate Body. At a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), members welcomed Director-General Roberto Azevêdo’s pledge to launch more intensive, high-level […]
  • Germany commits EUR 1.3 million to support trade initiatives in world’s poorest countries December 17, 2019
    The government of Germany has committed EUR 1.3 million (just over CHF 1.4 million) to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for 2020 to help spur trade growth across the world’s poorest countries. An agreement was signed on 17 December at the WTO by Germany’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Hans-Peter Jugel, and William Axelsson, […]