symbol
WTO chairpersons for 2021

WTO chairpersons for 2021

category: General
The WTO General Council, on 4 March 2021, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies. Chairs of regular bodies General Council H.E. Mr. Dacio CASTILLO (Honduras) Dispute Settlement Body
Read more
Statement by the Chair of the GC on the DG appointment

Statement by the Chair of the GC on the DG appointment

category: General
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
Read more
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chosen as Director-General

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chosen as Director-General

category: General
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
Read more
General Council meeting on DG selection postponed

General Council meeting on DG selection postponed

category: General
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
Read more

General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG selection

category: General
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
Read more
DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

category: General
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
Read more
Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

category: General
At yesterday’s General Council, WTO members agreed to establish a working party for the accession of Curaçao to the organization. Situated in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea and with a population of 163,000
Read more
WTO chairpersons for 2020

WTO chairpersons for 2020

category: General
Today, the WTO General Council, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies. You can find the information below: General Council H.E. Dr. David WALKER (New Zealand) Dispute Settlement Body
Read more

WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums

category: General
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
Read more

Summary of General Council meeting of 23-24 July 2019

category: General
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
Read more