World Trade Organization — Latest news
  • 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 29 October 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”.

  • Ukraine initiates dispute complaints against Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic on steel pipe duties
    Ukraine has requested WTO dispute consultations with Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss anti-dumping duties imposed by the two countries on steel pipes from Ukraine. Ukraine’s request was circulated to WTO members on 22 October.

  • Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures starts in Geneva
    Twenty-five participants from Latin America are taking part in the 14th edition of the WTO’s Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). Organized by the Agriculture and Commodities Division (AGCD), with the collaboration of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), the course is taking place at WTO headquarters in Geneva from 22 October to 9 November 2018.

  • Brazil initiates WTO dispute complaint against Chinese measures on sugar imports
    Brazil has requested WTO dispute consultations with China to discuss certain measures imposed by China on imports of sugar. Brazil’s request was circulated to WTO members on 22 October.

  • Advanced Trade Policy Course gets under way in Geneva
    Thirty participants from around the world are attending an Advanced Trade Policy Course (ATPC) from 8 October to 30 November 2018 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. The course was opened by H.E. Mr Mikael Anzén, Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, and Ms Bridget Chilala, Director of the WTO’s Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation.

  • General Council: Proposed agenda
  • WTO members fix dates for Astana Ministerial Conference
    WTO members have agreed that the organization’s next Ministerial Conference will take place from 8 to 11 June 2020 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The dates were endorsed at an 18 October meeting of the WTO’s General Council.

  • DG Azevêdo: “We must preserve what we have, even as we work to improve it”
    In a speech delivered in London on 17 October, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that despite its imperfections, the multilateral trading system has delivered stability and predictability in commercial relations and helped fuel unprecedented growth and development around the world. “Let’s work together to shape the trading system that we want to see — one which can meet the challenges of today, and which continues to serve our economies and communities for generations to come,” he declared. The DG spoke at the inaugural International Trade Banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of London, together with Secretary of State Liam Fox.

  • Australia accepted as new party to government procurement pact
    On 17 October 2018, parties to the WTO plurilateral Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) unanimously approved a decision to welcome Australia as the 48th WTO member to be covered by the Agreement. Australia will officially become a GPA party 30 days after submitting its Instrument of Accession to the WTO’s Director-General.

  • DG Azevêdo: Debate on WTO reform should reflect all perspectives
    At a meeting of the full WTO membership today (16 October), Director-General Roberto Azevêdo noted the emerging debate on ‘WTO reform’ and highlighted the importance that this discussion is inclusive. He said: “The state of this organization is an issue in which everyone has an interest, so it is important for all members to engage — whatever your perspectives may be.” DG Azevêdo pointed to the links between this debate and efforts to solve the rising trade tensions between some major trading partners.

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