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WTO Corner: New report on TRIPS and COVID-19
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WTO Corner: New report on TRIPS and COVID-19

There is nothing ‘new’ to report from three days of meetings of WTO ambassadors this week under the format of an ‘Informal TNC’ and a ‘General Council’. As usual, the large powers have spent time bickering over ‘market oriented conditions’, ‘special and differential treatment’ for developing countries, dispute settlement, agriculture, …

WTO Corner: G20 trade meet, EU organic farming, Macao joins MPIA
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WTO Corner: G20 trade meet, EU organic farming, Macao joins MPIA

It’s another busy week in World Trade Organization affairs. Today, a second round of ‘confessionals’ begins. It will lead to the de-selection of three further candidates to the post of director-general. Last week three candidates were de-selected from an original list of eight. Below, a selection of other notable WTO-related …

WTO Corner: Brussels appeals into void in Russia case, EU steel safeguard goes to court
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WTO Corner: Brussels appeals into void in Russia case, EU steel safeguard goes to court

MPIA state of play EU appeals ‘into void’ in Russia anti-dumping dispute To many, the move will seem highly ironic. The EU is not pleased with a July WTO panel ruling regarding anti-dumping duties on ammonium nitrate and steel pipes in a case filed by Russia – so it is …

WTO Corner: Kenya, Saudi, UK candidates for top job, EUI survey, Japan, investment facilitation
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WTO Corner: Kenya, Saudi, UK candidates for top job, EUI survey, Japan, investment facilitation

Three candidates from African continent So now it’s official. There are now three candidates from the African continent vying for the WTO’s director-general job. Kenya submitted the candidacy of Amina Mohamed, a high-profile Kenyan politician and a former envoy to the WTO who hosted the last ministerial meeting in Nairobi …

WTO Corner: Members plan refresh of SPS Agreement
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WTO Corner: Members plan refresh of SPS Agreement

World Trade Organization member countries are planning to submit one of the institution’s most important and most contentious agreements – the SPS Agreement – to a 25-year overhaul. Proposals are being discussed for a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Declaration to be finalised at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference scheduled to be …