- WTO, WCO publication looks at how new technologies can assist cross-border tradeA joint publication entitled “Study Report on Disruptive Technologies” was launched by WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary-General Kunio Mikuriya at a virtual event today (3 October). The publication reviews how so-called disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning, can help to improve the […]
- Working Party welcomes strong commitment by Timor-Leste to join WTO in 2023WTO members noted the decisive steps taken by Timor-Leste over the past few months towards concluding WTO accession negotiations at the fourth meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Timor-Leste on 30 September. The Government of Timor-Leste underlined that WTO membership is a strategic priority, together with membership of the Association of Southeast […]
- Public Forum session highlights importance of youth engagement in trade and peacebuildingA Public Forum session on 30 September entitled “The Missing Peace” looked into how to involve youth in trade, policy-making and peacebuilding for a more sustainable future. In her opening remarks, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said: “I always say the WTO is about people — about making people’s lives better — and this has to include […]
- Virtual workshop on import licensing and notifications concludesA total of 71 government officials from developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) attended the WTO Workshop on Import Licensing and Notifications held virtually in English and Spanish from 27 to 29 September. The workshop aimed at strengthening the participants’ capacity to comply with notification obligations under WTO rules.
- Public Forum explores role of trade in accelerating transition to a green economyLeading representatives from international organisations, the private sector and academia discussed on 29 September how trade rules can be strengthened to address the environmental challenges the world is facing. At the high-level session on “Delivering a Trade Agenda for a Sustainable Future”, panellists shared their views about possible ways to reinforce partnerships between the various […]
- With right tools and policies, women can break the glass ceiling in trade — DG Okonjo-IwealaA high-level session held on Day 3 of the Public Forum showcased the experiences of women entrepreneurs in overcoming barriers in sectors traditionally dominated by men. Introductory remarks were delivered by Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and International Trade Centre head, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, who stressed that participating in trade can empower women. “With the right tools to […]
- Put landmark Fisheries Subsidies Agreement into motion, governments urged at Public ForumWTO members must seize the opportunity to take a major step forward for ocean sustainability by setting into motion the implementation of the historic Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, speakers said in a Public Forum session held on 28 September. Work needs to be urgently undertaken for members to align their policies at home to implement […]
- High-level panel explores the need to leverage technology to promote inclusive growthNew technologies can help businesses play a bigger part in world trade but more needs to be done to tackle the digital divide, said a high-level panel at the 2022 Public Forum on 28 September. Coordinated action on this issue is more important than ever as the world grapples with an unprecedented series of crises […]
- Gender Research Hub highlights WTO’s growing role in making trade more inclusiveWomen’s economic empowerment is making further inroads into the WTO’s work, according to experts speaking at the third Think Up! session of the WTO Gender Research Hub, held on 27 September as part of the WTO Public Forum. Speakers explained how gender equality in trade is being discussed within several multilateral trade bodies and gaining […]
- Public Forum 2022 opens with DG Okonjo-Iweala warning against “business as usual”The WTO’s 2022 Public Forum opened on 27 September with Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala warning that the world faces multiple crises which will require new ways of thinking about trade and how the WTO works. The Director-General delivered her remarks at the opening of the Forum, the theme of which is “Towards a sustainable and inclusive […]
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