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Our main focus should be to deal with Brexit

The panic is over and we appear to have calmed down. Everything is geared to EU finance or put it another way our finance that goes to the EU.

We need to re structure all this so it works for us.

We appear to be floating on air and need some solid policies to show we are taking the break with EU.

The meeting of the Mayor of Paris and The Mayor of London was a good start.Most countries have Mayors and it needs to be used to link in with these countries.

  • 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 28 February 2020, 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”.
  • Lithuania donates EUR 50,000 to enhance developing countries’ trading capacity
    Lithuania is contributing EUR 50,000 (CHF 53,000) to help developing and least-developed countries take an active part in global trade negotiations. The contribution was acknowledged by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at a meeting with Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, on 24 February 2020.
  • Third anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement sees increasing implementation rate
    Three years since the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017, WTO members have continued to make steady progress in its implementation. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on the occasion of the TFA’s third anniversary, welcomed members’ efforts to ensure traders can reap the full benefits of the Agreement.
  • Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on caustic soda
    On 18 February 2020, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 February 2020 a safeguard investigation on caustic soda.
  • The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on motor vehicles
    On 18 February 2020, the Philippines notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 6 February 2020 a “preliminary safeguard investigation” on motor vehicles.
  • Trade Policy Review: European Union
    The fourteenth review of the trade policies and practices of the European Union takes place on 18 and 20 February 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the European Union.
  • Goods barometer signals further weakening of trade in first quarter of 2020
    World merchandise trade growth is likely to remain weak in early 2020, according to the WTO Goods Trade Barometer released on 17 February. The real-time measure of trade trends now reads 95.5 — less than the 96.6 recorded last November and well below the index’s baseline value of 100. This below-trend performance could be reduced […]
  • WTO issues call for papers for 2020 Essay Award for Young Economists
    The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2020 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 8 June 2020.
  • Regional Dialogue highlights synergies between African WTO membership and AfCFTA
    The 3rd Regional Dialogue on WTO Accessions for Africa was held on 12-14 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the focus on the theme of “Deepening Economic Integration in Africa through WTO Membership and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation”. Hosted by the government of Ethiopia, the three-day event was organized by the WTO […]
  • WTO members prepare to firm up legal text for fisheries subsidies agreement
    At the 13 February informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations took stock of the state of play of fisheries subsidies negotiations and discussed how best to develop a consolidated legal text for an agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, with the aim of concluding talks by the 12th Ministerial […]