• Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body February 28, 2020
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 28 February 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”.
  • US donates USD 600,000 to further developing countries’ trading capacities February 25, 2020
    The United States contributed USD 600,000 (CHF 590,000) in 2019 to help developing and least-developed countries (LCDs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation will finance training workshops for officials from WTO member governments to help them deepen their understanding of multilateral trade rules and strengthen their negotiating capacity.
  • Lithuania donates EUR 50,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading capacity February 24, 2020
    Lithuania is contributing EUR 50,000 (CHF 53,000) to help developing and least-developed countries take an active part in global trade negotiations. The contribution was acknowledged by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at a meeting with Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, on 24 February 2020.
  • Third anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement sees increasing implementation rate February 22, 2020
    Three years since the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017, WTO members have continued to make steady progress in its implementation. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on the occasion of the TFA’s third anniversary, welcomed members’ efforts to ensure traders can reap the full benefits of the Agreement.
  • The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on motor vehicles February 18, 2020
    On 18 February 2020, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 6 February 2020 a “preliminary safeguard investigation” on motor vehicles.
  • Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on caustic soda February 18, 2020
    On 18 February 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 February 2020 a safeguard investigation on caustic soda.
  • Trade Policy Review: European Union February 18, 2020
    The fourteenth review of the trade policies and practices of the European Union takes place on 18 and 20 February 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the European Union.
  • WTO issues call for papers for 2020 Essay Award for Young Economists February 17, 2020
    The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2020 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted by 8 June 2020.
  • Goods barometer signals further weakening of trade in first quarter of 2020 February 17, 2020
    World merchandise trade growth is likely to remain weak in early 2020, according to the WTO Goods Trade Barometer released on 17 February. The real-time measure of trade trends now reads 95.5 — less than the 96.6 recorded last November and well below the index’s baseline value of 100. This below-trend performance could be reduced […]
  • Regional Dialogue highlights synergies between African WTO membership and AfCFTA February 14, 2020
    The 3rd Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for Africa was held on 12-14 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the focus on the theme of “Deepening Economic Integration in Africa through WTO Membership and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation”. Hosted by the government of Ethiopia, the three-day event was organized by the WTO […]