- Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement BodyThe WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 31 May 2022, 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”.
- Exports of intermediate goods see continued growth in fourth quarter of 2021World exports of intermediate goods (IGs) continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2021, increasing by 21 per cent year on year, according to a WTO report released on 25 May.
- Online training on WTO activities concludes for officials from least-developed countriesA total of 40 participants from 17 of the world’s poorest countries completed, on 25 May, a five-week introductory training course online covering the work of the WTO and the multilateral trading system.
- Deadline of 1 June for submitting proposals for 2022 Public ForumProposals for this year’s Public Forum — entitled “Towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery: ambition to action” — must be submitted by 1 June 2022. Individuals interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, to be held on 27-30 September, are invited to complete an online application form.
- New study looks at challenges and opportunities of LDCs’ accession to WTOThe WTO launched on 24 May a paper that explores the impact of WTO accession on least-developed countries (LDCs) and the best practices established for LDC accessions based on the experience of the nine countries that have joined the WTO as LDCs. The study traces the evolution of the WTO approach to LDC accessions and […]
- Plastics dialogue discusses MC12 plans, next steps to implement Ministerial StatementAt a meeting of the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade (IDP) on 24 May, participants discussed plans for the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) on 12-15 June and the next steps to implement the Ministerial Statement issued in December 2021. Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam reiterated the need for the IDP to […]
- DDG Paugam: WTO is actively participating in efforts to preserve global food securityKeeping trade open, monitoring governments’ trade measures and reducing market distortions are the three lines of action the WTO and its members are pursuing to address a looming global food crisis, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam said at a virtual session of the Paris Peace Forum on 24 May. He stressed that the WTO is working […]
- Members reach consensus on 2022 chairs for subsidiary bodies of Goods CouncilWTO members reached consensus on 23 May on a slate of names of the chairpersons for the 14 subsidiary bodies that report to the Council for Trade in Goods. The chair of the Goods Council, Mr Etienne Oudot De Dainville (France), thanked members for their constructive spirit and flexibilities in reaching consensus before the 12th […]
- Goods barometer remains flat as Ukraine conflict, COVID-19 weigh on tradeThe conflict in Ukraine and recent pandemic-related lockdowns in China appear to be dampening global goods trade in the first half of 2022, according to the latest WTO Goods Trade Barometer. The current reading of 99.0 remains slightly below the baseline value of 100 for the index, which is a forward-looking composite of real-time indicators, […]
- DG Okonjo-Iweala underlines need to help African small businesses access trade financeDirector-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala underscored the pressing need for trade finance in African countries, especially for small businesses, at a workshop organized jointly by Côte d’Ivoire, the WTO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 23 May. She said the event provided an opportunity for dialogue between businesses and banks, with the aim of helping small […]
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