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    Half the country never wanted to get out of Europe. They still do not.
    They will not vote Labour because it would be a wasted vote.
    They could vote Lib Dem hoping that a power shift away from The Conservatives will dilute a Hard Brexit.

    • Trade thoughts, from Geneva — By DDG Anabel González
      Omicron stopped trade ministers from meeting. It need not stop WTO members from delivering.
    • Trade Policy Review: Tajikistan
      The first review of the trade policies and practices of Tajikistan takes place on 6 and 8 December 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Tajikistan.
    • DDG Ellard cites role of WTO in promoting open markets, need for transatlantic cooperation
      Speaking to the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany’s Transatlantic Business Conference on 3 December, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the role of the WTO in promoting open markets and rules-based free trade as well as the importance of transatlantic cooperation. She noted that a common transatlantic position on critical trade issues helps increase the […]
    • Lao PDR joins information technology agreements
      The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has become a new participant of both the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA Expansion (ITA II), making it the first least developed country to join these agreements.
    • Working group on small business launches Trade4MSMEs platform
      The Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) on 2 December launched the Trade4MSMEs platform, a tool aimed at helping small companies find trade-related information that improves their ability to trade internationally. The platform will also help policymakers design measures tailored to the needs of small companies.
    • Negotiations on services domestic regulation conclude successfully in Geneva
      Heads of Geneva delegations from the 67 WTO members participating in the Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation announced on 2 December the successful conclusion of negotiations aimed at slashing administrative costs and creating a more transparent operating environment for service providers hoping to do business in foreign markets.
    • Winners of “Digital Champions for Small Business” announced
      Four winners of the “Digital Champions for Small Business” initiative were announced today (2 December) at an event organized by the Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Launched on World MSMEs Day on 25 June 2021, the initiative aims […]
    • DG calls on members to agree on pandemic response, fisheries subsidies by end-February
      Following last week’s eleventh-hour decision by WTO members to postpone the 12th Ministerial Conference, negotiations are continuing in Geneva, and Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today (2 December) urged delegation heads to redouble their efforts to bridge differences. She called on them to conclude agreements on the WTO system’s response to pandemics as well as on curbing […]
    • DDG Ellard cites importance of business engagement with the WTO
      Speaking on 1 December at the launch event of the Business Coalition for Trade, Employment & Sustainable Development, organised by the International Organisation of Employers, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the role of international trade in the economic recovery from COVID-19. She also outlined how business can support the WTO and play a role in […]
    • More than two-thirds of WTO membership now part of investment facilitation negotiations
      The announcement by eight WTO members of their decision to join the negotiations for an Agreement on Investment Facilitation for Development brings the number of participants to over 110. The decision by Albania, Georgia, the Maldives, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Uganda and Zimbabwe was revealed on 30 November at a Heads of Delegations’ […]