WTO DG FAREWELL REMARKS: “Delivering on both the multilateral front and the joint initiatives will be vital for the future of the system”
In his farewell remarks to the General Council on July 23rd, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reflected on the achievements secured during his seven years at the helm of the WTO and the challenges facing the organization ahead.Read his declaration here:"In preparing...
On May, 14 2020, Director-General Azevêdo informed the 164 WTO members that he would be stepping down from his post on 31 August 2020, one year before the expiry of his mandate. Under guidelines agreed by the General Council in December 2002, the General Council Chair...
At a meeting of the WTO General Council on 22 July, WTO members agreed to grant Turkmenistan observer status. Turkmenistan, a state in Central Asia with a population of about 6.2 million, thus became the last former Soviet republic to establish a formal relationship...
WTO- Trade volumes will register a steep decline in 2020, but rapid government responses helped temper the contraction, unlikely to reach the worst-case scenario
WTO displays perspectives on
The WTO Secretariat has published an information note looking at how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes the impact of supply chain disruptions on MSMEs and the extent to which smaller businesses are...
A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected trade in services, from tourism and transport to retail and health services.The note provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on various modes of supply and...
On 18 May 2020, the WTO Committee on Government Procurement received Brazil’s bid to start negotiations on joining the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). In its statement, Brazil said it hoped to present its initial market access offer and reply to a checklist of...
At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 14 May, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by one year.He said that bringing forward his departure would allow members to select his successor in...
“Simply Services — A Trade in Services Speaker Series” is an informal platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on trade in services. Open to all delegates and the Secretariat, it regularly convenes services experts to the WTO to share the latest information on trends in services trade.
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