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  • Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body
    The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 22 June 2018, 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”.

  • Norway initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties
    Norway has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US duties on certain imported steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 June.

  • Trade Policy Review: Norway
    The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Norway takes place on 18 and 20 June 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Norway.

  • Advanced Trade Policy Course for officials from Latin America and the Caribbean
    Twenty-two government officials from Latin America and the Caribbean are attending the Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC), which is taking place at WTO headquarters in Geneva from 4 June to 27 July 2018. The course was opened by Raymundo Valdes, Head of the Course Design and Training Section of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), and Daniel Morales, Head of the Geneva-Based Courses Unit.

  • DDG Wolff: WTO can contribute to a more resilient, inclusive agricultural trading system
    Speaking at a WTO Symposium on the Agriculture Policy Landscape on 13 June, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said WTO members need to commit to sharing information, broadening perspectives and engaging with each other with open minds in order to build resilience in the global agri-food system. In conclusion, he said: “Together we can identify opportunities to strengthen the agriculture and food system and build sustainable solutions through our common efforts as WTO members.” This is what he said:

  • EIF symposium looks at how to make trade more inclusive for LDCs
    Representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) met at the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs taking place at the WTO on 13-14 June 2018 to seek ways to further integrate the world’s poorest countries into the multilateral trading system. The event has been organized by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme dedicated to addressing the trade capacity needs of LDCs, and was opened with a video message by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.

  • Trade Policy Review: Colombia
    The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Colombia takes place on 12 and 14 June 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Colombia.

  • WTO hosts course on priority issues for least-developed countries
    The first training course for least-developed countries (LDCs) to have simultaneous interpretation in English and French got under way at the WTO on 11 June 2018. A total of 29 government officials from 24 LDCs across the world are participating in the five-day course entitled “Priority Issues for LDCs in the Multilateral Trading System”.

  • WTO members focus on subsidies for fishing in overexploited stocks at June meetings
    WTO members in the Negotiating Group on Rules on 11-14 June held their second cluster of meetings on fisheries subsidies this year, where they exchanged views and information on subsidies for fishing in overexploited stocks. Members also updated the current negotiating texts with a streamlined chapter on definitions in preparation for future text-based negotiations.

  • DDG Wolff: This is the time to renew the multilateral trading system
    The multilateral trading system needs renewal periodically and this is the time for engaging in the necessary effort, said Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff in an address to the International Relations Committee of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on 11 June. He concluded: “With good will and effort, the world trading system can be updated and improved. It is essential to do so in order to have an effective functioning WTO for the economic well-being of the world.” This is what he said:

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