World Trade Organization โ€” Latest news
World Trade Organization โ€” Latest news

World Trade Organization โ€” Latest news

WTO members take steps to invigorate working group on trade and transfer of technology

At a meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology on 24 November, experts from international organizations and ministries shared their experiences and findings on technology transfer, with a view to invigorating work of the group, improving understanding on the nexus between trade and transfer of technology and increasing flows of technology to developing countries.

24 November 2022

Members start knowledge building for second wave of fisheries subsidies negotiations

WTO members on 23 November ramped up preparations for the second wave of fisheries subsidies negotiations by holding the first of two knowledge building workshops in line with recommendations made by members at their brainstorming retreat in October. Members heard presentations from domestic authorities responsible for implementing the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, as well as from experts of several international organizations. Members also had the opportunity to provide their own reflections.

23 November 2022

Members discuss lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic, hear views of external stakeholders

The Committee on Market Access held on 21 November the fifth of a series of experience-sharing sessions on trade in goods related to COVID-19. Based on inputs provided by members at the last session in September, this fifth session focused on the main lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was preceded by a special session with external stakeholders who shared their insights on the different responses to the pandemic. The Committee also met informally on 23 November to address various issues.

23 November 2022

Trade Policy Review: Brazil

The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of Brazil takes place on 23 and 25 November 2022. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Brazil.

23 November 2022

World Trade Congress on Gender programme is now available

The World Trade Congress on Gender, to be held at the WTO on 5-7 December 2022 under the theme โ€œGender Equality for Sustainable Trade and Recoveryโ€, will feature over 80 speakers and researchers in 15 sessions aimed at promoting innovative thinking and research on trade and gender.

23 November 2022

DG Okonjo-Iweala: โ€œWe need multilateral cooperation and solidarity more than everโ€

In a lecture delivered to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, on 22 November, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala warned that the multilateral trading system was under growing threat from fragmentation and decoupling, which โ€œwould not just be economically costly: it would leave all countries more vulnerable to the global commons problems that now represent some of the biggest threats to our lives and livelihoods.โ€ The text of her lecture is below.

22 November 2022

Committee establishes work programme to address food security, reviews farm policies

WTO members established a new work programme in the Committee on Agriculture to address food security concerns of least-developed countries (LDCs) and net food-importing developing countries (NFIDCs) at a meeting on 21-22 November, marking an important step in putting into effect a mandate in the MC12 Ministerial Declaration on the Emergency Response to Food Insecurity. The chair, Marcel Vernooij, was appointed as coordinator to facilitate discussions under the initiative in his personal capacity. He welcomed membersโ€™ efforts to approve the programme and laid out steps to launch work in December.

22 November 2022

Sweden provides CHF 1.7 million to improve developing countriesโ€™ trade expertise

The Swedish government is contributing CHF 1.7 million (SEK 19.2 million) in 2022 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) strengthen their trading capacity. The contribution to the WTOโ€™s Global Trust Fund will finance training activities aimed at helping government officials extend their expertise in formulating and implementing trade policies.

21 November 2022

WTO members resume discussions on e-commerce following MC12 outcome

WTO members kicked off discussions on 18 November on identifying specific cross-cutting issues to be addressed under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce as a follow-up to the decision taken at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in June. WTO members agreed at MC12 to reinvigorate the Work Programme, particularly regarding its development dimension. They also agreed to maintain their current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions and to intensify discussions on this moratorium.

18 November 2022