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DG Azevêdo: Portugal is a nation driven by openness
WTO, 31 March 2017 

At a meeting of the Portuguese Council of State in Lisbon on 31 March 2017, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo praised the country for its openness and internationalism and discussed how trade and the WTO could help drive Portugal’s economic growth. More...

2017 Public Forum theme to be “Trade: Behind the Headlines”
WTO, 27 March 2017

The WTO’s 2017 Public Forum, to be held on 26-28 September, will present an opportunity for participants to go beyond the rhetoric and examine the opportunities trade offers and the challenges it can bring.  More...

Lessons in goods trade crucial for WTO services pact: Nirmala Sitharaman
ET, 24 March 2017

Calling for fast tracking of the negotiations for a global pact to ease trade in services at the World Trade Organization (WTO), commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said countries can learn lessons from the negotiations on the trade facilitation agreement in goods, which took long to conclude.   More...

Egypt poised to accelerate e-commerce growth with new national strategy
UNCTAD, 20 March 2017

Egypt should leverage the strengths of its ICT sector – including its skilled workforce and competitiveness as a regional centre for business process outsourcing - to position itself for strong e-commerce growth  More...

India to take up food security with WTO chief
ET, 15 March 2017

India will press for expediting negotiations on grain stockholding when a government team meets the World Trade Organization’s chief later this week to discuss food security and easing cross-border movement of professionals amid rising protectionism.   More...








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