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Trade falls steeply in first half of 2020

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World trade fell sharply in the first half of the year, as the COVID-19 pandemic upended the global economy. However, rapid government responses helped temper the contraction, and WTO economists now believe that while trade
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Turkey launches safeguard investigation on polyethylene terephthalate chips

Turkey launches safeguard investigation on polyethylene terephthalate chips

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Today, Turkey notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 11 June 2020 a safeguard investigation on polyethylene terephthalate chips. In the notification Turkey indicated, among other things, as follows: “The interested parties
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WTO issues panel report on protection of intellectual property rights

WTO issues panel report on protection of intellectual property rights

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Today, the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Qatar in “Saudi Arabia — Measures concerning the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights” (DS567). You can find the Report here
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on fresh cut roses

Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on fresh cut roses

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Today, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 28 May 2020 a safeguard investigation on fresh cut roses. In the notification Ukraine indicated, among other things, as follows: “The contact point
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2020 WTO Public Forum cancelled

2020 WTO Public Forum cancelled

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The WTO has decided to cancel this year’s WTO Public Forum, scheduled for 29 September to 2 October. This decision responds to the complexities around planning to host thousands of people from around the world
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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 issues report on trade impacts for WTO members graduating from LDC status

WTO issues report on trade impacts for WTO members graduating from LDC status

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Today, the WTO issued a new report seeking to help least developed countries (LDCs) better understand the trade-related implications of graduation from LDC status. The product of a joint effort between the WTO and the
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WTO report looks at role of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic

WTO report looks at role of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic

category: General
Today, the WTO has published a new information note looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected e-commerce, including the implications for cross-border trade. It notes the increased use of e-commerce as consumers adapt to
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WTO launches call for candidates for 2021 Young Professionals Programme

WTO launches call for candidates for 2021 Young Professionals Programme

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Today, the WTO has issued a call for candidates for the 2021 Young Professionals Programme (YPP). Candidates up to the age of 32, as of 1 January 2021, from eligible developing and least-developed countries are
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WTO Arbitrator determines “reasonable period of time” in Ukraine-Russia dumping dispute

WTO Arbitrator determines “reasonable period of time” in Ukraine-Russia dumping dispute

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Today, an Arbitrator issued his award regarding the “reasonable period of time” for implementing the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in the dispute “Ukraine — Anti‑Dumping Measures on Ammonium Nitrate” (WT/DS493).
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