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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 25 February 2019, 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”.

  • WTO trade indicator points to slower trade growth into first quarter of 2019
    Trade weakness is likely to extend into the first quarter of 2019, according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) released on 19 February. The simultaneous decline of several trade-related indicators should put policy makers on guard for a sharper slowdown should the current trade tensions remain unresolved.

  • Côte d’Ivoire hosts its third Regional Trade Policy Course
    A Regional Trade Policy Course for WTO members and observers from French-speaking Africa began on 18 February in Abidjan. The course, which is the first to take place in 2019, has been organized in partnership with the École Nationale Supérieure de Statistiques et d’Économie Appliquée d’Abidjan (ENSEA).

  • Officials from 15 governments acceding to the WTO take part in 1st seminar on accession rules
    Twenty-nine officials from 15 governments in the process of acceding to the WTO participated in a Seminar on WTO Accessions Rules, which took place in Geneva from 4 to 15 February. The event was the first WTO Secretariat activity to focus on WTO accession rules.

  • Belarus sets out ambitious target of WTO accession by next Ministerial Conference
    Belarus stressed its strong commitment to conclude WTO accession negotiations by the 12th Ministerial Conference, which will take place in June 2020 in Astana, Kazakhstan. At the 11th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Belarus on 15 February, members commended Belarus’ efforts to bring its trade regime in conformity with WTO rules but underlined that significant progress will be needed if such an ambitious target is to be met. The meeting was the fourth since the resumption of the Working Party process in January 2017.

  • DG Azevêdo in Mozambique: the trading system must support LDCs
    Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was in Maputo, Mozambique, today (14 February), where he met President Filipe Nyusi. They discussed how to strengthen global trade cooperation for the future, through the WTO, so it can keep supporting the integration of Mozambique and other least developed countries (LDCs) into the global economy.

  • New working group process starts as complementary forum to advance agriculture talks
    WTO agriculture negotiators met on 14 February to discuss domestic support and public stockholding for food security purposes following the first meetings of the two newly established working groups on these two topics. Members said they were encouraged by the active participation in the working groups and acknowledged the new process as a useful complementary forum for the Committee on Agriculture meeting in special session.

  • WTO issues call for papers for 2019 Essay Award for Young Economists
    The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2019 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 31 May 2019.

  • TRIPS Council launches new notification system, discusses incentives for technology transfer
    The WTO Secretariat announced the launch of a new TRIPS notification submission system, an optional online tool for members to submit notifications, review materials and reports. The announcement was made at the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 13 February, where members also discussed incentives for the transfer of technology to respond to the needs identified by least-developed countries (LDCs).

  • Members discuss progress and assistance on Trade Facilitation Agreement’s 2nd year
    WTO members took stock of progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 12-13 February meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation a week before the second anniversary of the Agreement’s entry into force. Members called for the timely fulfilment of commitments and discussed efforts to help each other carry out the Agreement.

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