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Statement by the Chair of the GC on the DG appointment

Statement by the Chair of the GC on the DG appointment

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Before we move to the business of today’s meeting and to the expected action by the General Council, allow me a few moments to briefly recap the process. Further to the resignation of the former
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chosen as Director-General

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chosen as Director-General

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Dr Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to be chosen as Director-General. Her term, renewable, will expire on 31 August 2025. Dr Okonjo-Iweala said a key priority for her would be
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General Council meeting on DG selection postponed

General Council meeting on DG selection postponed

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Today, Ambassador David Walker, the chair of the General Council, informed members that the General Council meeting scheduled for 9 November to consider the appointment of the next WTO Director-General has been postponed. Amb. Walker
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General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG selection

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Yesterday, the General Council agreed on the steps to be taken in the final stage of the process for selecting a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. The Council also agreed to extend the tenures
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DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

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Today, at a virtual meeting of all WTO members, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by exactly one year. He said that bringing
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WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums

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WTO members meeting as the General Council agreed today to extend two existing moratoriums related to customs duties on electronic transmissions and the initiation of “non-violation” complaints under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual
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Summary of General Council meeting of 23-24 July 2019

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1. Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee and Report by the Director-General The Chair referred to the Director-General’s report at the 19 July Informal TNC and HODs meetings. At that meeting, some
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WTO members elect General Council, Dispute Settlement Body chairs for 2017

WTO members elect General Council, Dispute Settlement Body chairs for 2017

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Today, the WTO General Council approved by consensus the following chairpersons for WTO bodies: H.E. Mr Xavier Carim of South Africa (General Council) and H.E. Mr Junichi Ihara of Japan (Dispute Settlement Body). Ambassador Carim
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WTO members welcome entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO members welcome entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

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WTO members hailed the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) as a historic achievement at today’s meeting of the General Council. In welcoming this milestone, members pledged to advance work on implementing the
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General Council proposed agenda

General Council proposed agenda

category: General
You can find the proposed agenda for the last General Council of the year here
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