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  • Advanced course on trade in services concludes at WTO
    A total of 27 participants from across the world are participating in the fifth Advanced Course on Trade in Services taking place from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the WTO in Geneva.

  • Advanced Course on Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO under way in Geneva
    Twenty-seven participants from around the world are attending an Advanced Course on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and the WTO taking place from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the WTO’s headquarters. The course was opened by H.E. Mr Carlos Mario Foradori of Argentina, who is currently the Chair of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA), and Ms Rohini Acharya, Chief of the Regional Trade Agreements Section of the WTO’s Trade Policies Review Division.

  • DDG Wolff: Multilateral trading system is essential to economic well-being
    In a speech delivered at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, on 17 September, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined the challenges and opportunities facing the world trading system. He highlighted the importance of a single set of rules for world trade and said that, in striving to improve the world trading system, governments would ultimately “determine that the multilateral trading system and the liberal international order that it supports are essential to the economic well-being of their peoples”. This is what he said:

  • Public Forum programme is now available
    This year’s Public Forum, entitled “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”, will feature 136 sessions to be held at the WTO’s headquarters from 8 to 11 October. All the sessions at the Forum will be organized by participants, including WTO member governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations.

  • Trade Policy Review: Costa Rica
    The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Costa Rica takes place on 18 and 20 September 2019. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Costa Rica.

  • Members review regional trade agreements of Pacific Alliance, EAEU members and Viet Nam
    WTO members reviewed three regional trade agreements (RTAs) at the meeting of the Committee on RTAs on 17 September. Members considered the Pacific Alliance trade protocol, the Armenia-Kazakhstan free trade agreement and the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Viet Nam.

  • Last day to register for the Public Forum
    Today (16 September) is the last day to register for this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending this year’s Forum should submit an online application form no later than midnight today. Last minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted. Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

  • Registration opens for public hearing in “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada”
    At the request of the parties in the dispute “US — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada” (DS533), the panel has decided to open its second substantive meeting to public observation on 16, 17 and 18 October 2019. The live screening will take place at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva.

  • Korea initiates WTO dispute complaint against Japanese export measures
    Korea has requested WTO dispute consultations with Japan concerning measures imposed by Japan affecting the export of products and technology to Korea. The request was circulated to WTO members on 16 September.

  • New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second half of 2019
    World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services Trade Barometer, launched on 16 September. The index’s reading of 98.4 is below the baseline value of 100, suggesting that services trade continued to face strong headwinds leading into the second half of the year.

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