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  • General Council Chair Walker announces timelines for next stages of DG selection process July 10, 2020
    General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand has announced timelines for the next phases in the selection process to choose a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.
  • WTO, ICC and B20 call for action to narrow the growing trade finance gap July 9, 2020
    The WTO, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and B20 Saudi Arabia issued a joint statement on 9 July pointing to the diminishing availability of trade finance. Warning that gaps between trade finance supply and demand could seriously impede the ability of trade to support post COVID-19 economic recovery, they are urging private and public-sector […]
  • The United Kingdom nominates Dr Liam Fox for post of WTO Director-General July 8, 2020
    The United Kingdom, on 8 July 2020, nominated Dr Liam Fox for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.
  • Kenya nominates Ms Amina C. Mohamed for post of WTO Director-General July 8, 2020
    Kenya, on 7 July 2020, nominated Ms Amina C. Mohamed for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nominates Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri for post of WTO Director-General July 8, 2020
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 8 July 2020, nominated Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.
  • EU donates EUR 2 million to enhance developing countries’ trading capacity July 7, 2020
    The European Union has contributed EUR 2 million (CHF 2.1 million) over the period 2019-2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training and other capacity-building activities for government officials to help them better understand and implement WTO […]
  • Uzbekistan resumes WTO membership negotiations July 7, 2020
    WTO members welcomed the resumption of WTO membership negotiations for Uzbekistan when the working party on the country’s accession to the WTO met on 7 July 2020 — almost 15 years after its last formal meeting.
  • Members discuss reflecting impact of COVID-19 in WTO-led Aid for Trade initiative July 7, 2020
    At a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development on 7 July dedicated to Aid for Trade, WTO members agreed to discuss how to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their future work. They also agreed to extend the current biennial Aid for Trade work programme into 2022 when the next Global […]
  • WTO issues latest edition of World Tariff Profiles July 6, 2020
    The WTO issued on 6 July the latest edition of its annual publication World Tariff Profiles, which provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. The publication is jointly prepared by the WTO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Trade Centre.
  • Trade Policy Review: Japan July 6, 2020
    The fourteenth review of the trade policies and practices of Japan takes place on 6 and 8 July 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Japan.