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  • DDG Wolff: The future belongs to trade agreements of varying geometries August 11, 2020
    The multilateral trading system, along with regional and bilateral trade agreements, all share the task of regulating global trade, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 11 August. Speaking at a virtual event organized by the American Association of Exporters and Importers on the question of whether the future of trade is multilateral or bilateral, DDG […]
  • WTO report draws attention to impact of COVID-19 trade disruptions on women August 5, 2020
    Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new information note from the WTO Secretariat. The paper points to how governments’ policy responses could address gender-specific effects of the crisis.
  • WTO issues 2020 edition of its flagship statistical publication July 31, 2020
    The WTO issued today (31 July) the latest edition of its annual publication on international trade statistics, the “World Trade Statistical Review”.
  • General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG selection July 31, 2020
    The General Council agreed on 31 July on the steps to be taken in the final stage of the process for selecting a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. The Council also agreed to extend the tenures of the four sitting Deputy Directors-General — Yonov Fred Agah, Karl Brauner, Xiaozhun Yi and Alan Wolff — […]
  • Germany gives EUR 150,000 to enhance developing countries’ participation in farm trade July 31, 2020
    The government of Germany contributed EUR 150,000 (approximately CHF 160,000) in 2020 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards, with the aim of increasing their access to agricultural markets.
  • WTO members adopt report on food safety, animal and plant health, paving way for new work July 31, 2020
    WTO members have adopted the Report of the Fifth Review of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), paving the way for the organization to tackle new work and continue existing activities related to food safety and animal and plant health.
  • WTO, World Bank launch joint publication on the role of trade in empowering women July 30, 2020
    The WTO and the World Bank launched the joint publication “Women and Trade: The role of trade in promoting gender equality” at a virtual event on 30 July. Gaining a better understanding of how women can benefit from trade is essential in ensuring that trade works for all and that its benefits are sustained in […]
  • WTO members stress role of IP system in fighting COVID-19 July 30, 2020
    At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 30 July 2020, WTO members highlighted the merit of the multilateral intellectual property (IP) system in incentivizing innovation in medical technologies and research and in enhancing the response of the global community to the COVID-19 pandemic. WTO members also discussed […]
  • WTO members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade July 30, 2020
    At a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and to improve the effectiveness of cotton projects. The WTO Secretariat presented a report and video on the launch of World […]
  • WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation July 29, 2020
    On 29 July, the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO presented a new edition of the Trilateral Study on Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation. Building on the first edition launched in 2013, the publication seeks to strengthen the understanding of the interplay between the […]