Turkmenistan applies to join the WTO There are only a few more holdouts out there in the world which are not members of the world trade institution. Until recently the Central Asian country Turkmenistan was one of them. After its neighbour Uzbekistan made moves to accelerate its accession process to …
The final draft of a new WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies was submitted to trade ministers late on Wednesday (24 November), as officials in Geneva made their final push towards what would be the organisation’s first major multilateral agreement in more than 20 years.
The number of small developments related to the upcoming WTO 12th ministerial conference is growing exponentially, and it’s a genuine challenge to keep track of everything as there are so many moving parts. Here a selection – for today. Put together for you by the Borderlex Trio Rob Francis, Chris …
The expected outcomes from the coming 12th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization will likely be disappointing overall. But members of the global trade institution still have the chance to make a difference – through showing genuine support for its role.
The world’s trade ministers will arrive in Geneva next week with a very full agenda of still-unresolved items in front of them – including the continuation of a longstanding moratorium on charging import duties on digital transactions.
With just one week to go until the start of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, a new text for a draft ministerial declaration entitled Covid-19 and beyond: Trade and Health has been circulated to members. Beyond the contentious and well-publicised issue of the TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 related medical products, …
The success of the twelfth WTO ministerial conference in Geneva next week is currently poised “on a knife-edge”, in the assessment of WTO officials, with negotiations set to go to the wire on a number of key dossiers, write Chris Horseman and Rob Francis.
The aims for an outcome on agriculture at the upcoming WTO ministerial conference have become clearer – and they can be summarised as ‘agree on limiting export restrictions, and agree to keep talking about everything else’.
While we wait for bigger decisions at the WTO later this week ahead of MC12, here some other interesting bits of news out of Geneva. By Iana Dreyer and Rob Francis.
An update on recent WTO developments by Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.