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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

category: General
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

category: General
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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Dates fixed for 2017 Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

Dates fixed for 2017 Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

category: General
WTO members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 11 to 14 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dates were endorsed at yesterday’s meeting of the WTO’s General Council.
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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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General Council approves Seychelles’ WTO membership, only ratification left

General Council approves Seychelles’ WTO membership, only ratification left

category: General
Yesterday, WTO members adopted Seychelles’ WTO terms of entry at the General Council meeting. Seychelles will have until 1 June 2015 to ratify the deal to formally become a WTO member 30 days after it
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GC July 2014

GC July 2014

category: General
DG Roberto Azevêdo, in his report to the General Council yesterday as chair of the TNC, said that there had been “a very good level of engagement” in recent consultations conducted by him and the
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GC May 2014

GC May 2014

category: General
Last Monday’s GC meeting discussed a report by the DG on the status of the negotiations post-Bali. You can find the report here. On other topics, Russia’s trade restrictions were a topic addressed
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Lamy’s farewell speech to the General Council

Lamy’s farewell speech to the General Council

category: General
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his farewell statement to the General Council on 24 July 2013, said: “It has been an immense honour and privilege to serve this organization. I think it is fair to say
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General Council appoints Azevêdo as next Director-General of the WTO

General Council appoints Azevêdo as next Director-General of the WTO

category: General
At a special meeting, earliert today, the General Council approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. He begins his term of office on
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Troika recommends Carvalho de Azevêdo to be the next WTO DG

Troika recommends Carvalho de Azevêdo to be the next WTO DG

category: General
At an informal meeting of the Heads of Delegation, earliert today, the three facilitators in the process of selecting the next WTO Director-General recommended Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the candidate who can
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