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Tag: Multilateral trade agreements

The Agriculture Negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

18 Dec 15  Publications
The Doha Development Agenda (DDA) owes its existence to the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, which resulted in the Doha declaration. There we...

The WTO’s Aid for Trade Initiative at 10: An Overview

18 Dec 15  Publications
Trade costs are a major influence on the pattern of global trade and can limit the extent to which countries are able to exploit their comparative advantages and market access oppo...
10th WTO Ministerial Conference – Nairobi: Resource box

10th WTO Ministerial Conference – Nairobi: Resource box

13 Dec 15  News
WTO members concluded their Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on 19 December by securing an historic agreement on a series of trade initiatives. The “Nairobi Package” pay...
Full and swift implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement can deliver large trade dividends to developing and least-developed countries

Full and swift implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement can deliver large trade dividends to developing and least-developed countries

27 Oct 15  News
Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has the potential to increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion per annum, according to the WTO’s flags...
Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

Safeguard Measures in Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

14 Oct 15  Publications
The Trade Law Centre (tralac) is pleased to publish this book on safeguard measures in multilateral and regional trade agreements. The study, by Elenor Lissel, was completed and su...
New book looks at challenges and achievements of the WTO over past 20 years

New book looks at challenges and achievements of the WTO over past 20 years

05 Oct 15  News
The WTO marked on Day 3 of the Public Forum the 20th anniversary of its founding with the launch of a new book looking back at its two decades of achievements, its setbacks, and th...
20 years on, negotiators reflect on breakthrough talks on intellectual property and trade

20 years on, negotiators reflect on breakthrough talks on intellectual property and trade

02 Oct 15  News
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo launched a new publication entitled “The Making of the TRIPS Agreement: Personal Insights from the Uruguay Round Negotiations” on Day 2 of...
WTO Public Forum: Plenary debates on Day 1 highlight need for collaboration to make trade more inclusive

WTO Public Forum: Plenary debates on Day 1 highlight need for collaboration to make trade more inclusive

01 Oct 15  News
More collaboration is needed to ensure the benefits of trade are enjoyed by all, panellists agreed at the plenary debates of the WTO’s 2015 Public Forum on 30 September. The need...
Azevêdo: “WTO accession is a success story of the organization”

Azevêdo: “WTO accession is a success story of the organization”

01 Oct 15  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo launched a new publication entitled on Day 1 of the Public Forum on 30 September 2015, entitled “WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism: ...
WTO Sub-Committee on Cotton: Update on the implementation of development assistance aspects of cotton

WTO Sub-Committee on Cotton: Update on the implementation of development assistance aspects of cotton

23 Sep 15  News
Implementation of the development assistance aspects of the cotton-related decisions in the 2004 July package and Paragraph 12 of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration Pursuant to...
World Bank Group at the World Trade Organization’s 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade

World Bank Group at the World Trade Organization’s 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade

22 Jul 15  News
On 30 June, WBG President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo launched The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty, a joint report which sets out...
Agency heads cite importance of reducing trade costs to support growth and development

Agency heads cite importance of reducing trade costs to support growth and development

01 Jul 15  News
Reducing trade costs through initiatives such as the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will go a long way towards helping businesses and consumers in poorer countries reap...
The role of customs management in the facilitation of trade in the region

The role of customs management in the facilitation of trade in the region

25 Mar 15  Publications
The role of customs in the 20th and 21st centuries has evolved in many respects. With the proliferation of regional trading arrangements (RTAs) whose main objective is to incr...
New report on national trade facilitation bodies in the world

New report on national trade facilitation bodies in the world

20 Feb 15  News
With the signature of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), countries have committed to creating or maintaining a national trade facilitation committee. Setting up a nationa...
Day 2 of Public Forum looks at why trade matters to Africa

Day 2 of Public Forum looks at why trade matters to Africa

03 Oct 14  News
The plenary session of the second day of the WTO Public Forum offered trade facilitation, regional integration and development of small and medium-sized enterprises as some of the ...
Cotton development meeting focuses on regional efforts to make aid more effective

Cotton development meeting focuses on regional efforts to make aid more effective

30 Jun 14  News
Regional African organizations are increasing their involvement in developing the continent’s cotton sector to ensure aid reaches farmers who really need it, and strengthen produ...
The Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Implications for southern Africa

The Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Implications for southern Africa

25 Jun 14  Publications
Trade facilitation referrs to the simplification, harmonisation, standardisation and modernisation of trade procedures. It encompasses policies designed to reduce trade transaction...
Africa should keep an eye out for EU-US trade talks

Africa should keep an eye out for EU-US trade talks

16 Apr 14  News
The current EU-US negotiations should be a wake-up call for African governments to be proactive and limit the burden that a trade deal of this magnitude will unquestionably bring a...
Global trade: Protectionism on the rise?

Global trade: Protectionism on the rise?

11 Apr 14  News
Three recent trade reports have suggested that with many economies still feeling vulnerable in the wake of the global financial crisis, governments are resorting to trade prot...
Azevêdo asks members to shift up a gear on Doha preparation

Azevêdo asks members to shift up a gear on Doha preparation

09 Apr 14  News
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the Trade Negotiations Committee that “it’s time to shift things up a gear” in developing a work programme for the conclusion of the Do...

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