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Coronavirus: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussion on a proposal submitted by India and South Africa for a temporary waiver of certain Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs)…

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Coronavirus: Trade has a role to play in making the COVID-19 response more effective, says Deputy Directors-General (DDG) Agah

An opportunity for the trading system to emerge stronger from this crisis and better-equipped to respond to the aspirations of all members

On behalf of the four Deputy Directors-General, DDG Agah addressed heads of WTO member delegations on 12 October and emphasised “the importance of open and predictable markets to foster a strong and inclusive recovery for all countries”. In his remarks he highlighted the work done by the DDGs to ensure…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Members to debate how Aid for Trade can address COVID-19 impact on developing countries

At the meeting, WTO members agreed to extend the period for implementing the current Aid for Trade work programme

An informal meeting of the Committee on Trade and Development dedicated to the Aid for Trade initiative will be held on 14 September to discuss how to take account of the trade and development challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. WTO members will discuss how the WTO-led initiative can help…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade

The Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) noted the importance of supporting cotton development assistance projects designed locally, including the "Cotton Roadmap Project"

t a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and to improve the effectiveness of cotton projects. The WTO Secretariat presented a report and video…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members stress role of intellectual property (IP) system in fighting COVID-19

Developing and least-developed country members highlighted the challenges COVID-19 has presented in terms of access to medicines, vaccines and associated technologies

IP measures in the context of COVID-19 At the request of South Africa, WTO members engaged in a discussion on the important role the WTO - and the TRIPS Council in particular - play in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing and least-developed country members highlighted the challenges COVID-19 has presented…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Liechtenstein donates CHF 40,000 to help developing countries expand trading capacities

To assist developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) in enhancing their trading capacities

Liechtenstein has contributed CHF 40,000 in 2020 to assist developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) in enhancing their trading capacities. This donation will finance training workshops and seminars supported by the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund, with the aim of improving the skill-set of government officials from across the world.…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) report looks at trade developments in poorest countries in wake of COVID-19

There are currently 47 least-developed countries (LDCs), 36 of which have become WTO members

A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in global trade. The note stresses that LDCs have seen a significant decline in export earnings due to decreasing demand in key markets, falling commodity prices and…

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Panel report adopted regarding Moroccan measures on hot-rolled steel from Turkey

Morocco will now have 30 days to inform the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of its intentions in regards to the implementation of the ruling

The panel report, circulated to WTO members on 31 October 2018, found that Moroccan authorities had violated several provisions of the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement in their investigation on the targeted Turkish imports. On 20 November 2018 Morocco notified its decision to appeal certain panel findings. On 4 December 2019, the…

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DG Azevêdo: Regional and multilateral efforts are key to Africa’s integration strategies

Azevêdo discussed the importance of regional and multilateral trade efforts to help drive Africa’s economic integration, growth and development

Meeting with ministers and senior officials in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 25 October 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo discussed the importance of regional and multilateral trade efforts to help drive Africa’s economic integration, growth and development. During his visit, the Director-General met with Burkina Faso's President H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.…

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Madagascar launches safeguard investigation on pasta

On 22 July 2019, Madagascar notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it had decided to initiate on 18 July 2019 a safeguard investigation on pasta

In the notification Madagascar indicated, among other things, that (original text in French): All interested persons shall have 30 days from the date of initiation of the investigation to make themselves known as interested parties to the investigating authority, Autorité Nationale Chargée des Mesures Correctives Commerciales (ANMCC). Responses to questionnaires,…