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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 …

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WTO corner: Trade data, WTO DG nominations, investment facilitation, e-commerce, Africa

COVID-19 trade collapse “could have been worse” says WTO’s Azevêdo The WTO released fresh data on global trade flows during the pandemic. Initial estimates for the second quarter, when the virus and associated lockdown measures affected a large share of the global population, indicate a year‑on‑year drop of around 18.5%,” …