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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body
WTO, February 28, 2018 

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 28 February 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”. More...


Trade Facilitation Agreement marks first anniversary since entry into force
WTO, February 22, 2018 

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) marked its first anniversary since its entry into force on 22 February 2017 with WTO members making significant strides towards its implementation. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevędo said members continue to work to fully implement the Agreement, which will benefit particularly developing and least developed countries. More...


WTO members agree on timetable to review use of Bali tariff quota mechanism
WTO, February 20, 2018 

At a meeting of the Agriculture Committee on 20 February, WTO members agreed on a timeline to review the operation of the 2013 Bali Ministerial Decision on tariff rate quotas and discussed a review of the landmark Nairobi Decision to eliminate farm export subsidies. Norway, Israel and Canada reported they had submitted revised schedules, formalizing their promises to eliminate these subsidies. More...


Azevędo joins ACP brainstorming session: ‘we need to explore innovative ways forward’
WTO, February 15, 2018 

Speaking at a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the WTO’s headquarters on 15 February, Director-General Roberto Azevędo urged members to be ready to explore fresh perspectives and new pathways which may help move negotiations forward at the WTO. More...


DDG Wolff: Standards have central role to play in assisting growth of world trading system
WTO, February 25, 2018 

Speaking at a meeting of the World Standards Cooperation in Geneva on 15 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff discussed what international standards bodies can do to support the growth of the world trading system. More...







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