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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 27 April 2018, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.
Every effort should be made by WTO members — particularly the leading trading nations — to break the impasse in the negotiations on agriculture and work collaboratively to achieve positive results, which would help reduce current tensions in the multilateral trading system, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 20 April. DDG Wolff delivered his remarks at the China Agricultural Outlook Conference in Beijing. Here is what he said:
WTO members met with representatives from the public and private sector on 18 April to discuss the challenges faced by exporters in complying with requirements related to the certification of origin. The information session at WTO headquarters is part of an outreach effort with business, academics and other international bodies to gain a better understanding of problems or difficulties and identify concrete solutions.
On 17 April 2018, at the request of Brazil and Canada, the panel in “Canada – Measures Concerning Trade in Commercial Aircraft” (DS522) circulated a preliminary ruling.
World merchandise trade growth is expected to remain strong in 2018 and 2019 after posting its largest increase in six years in 2017, but continued expansion depends on robust global economic growth and governments pursuing appropriate monetary, fiscal and especially trade policies, WTO economists said.
On 12 April the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Anti-Dumping Duties on Pneumatic Valves from Japan” (DS504).
WTO members in the Negotiating Group on Rules have agreed on a work programme for fisheries subsidies negotiations in the next few months, in furtherance of the Ministerial Decision on fisheries subsidies at the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in December 2017. The first cluster of meetings is scheduled for 14-17 May.
The first review of the trade policies and practices of Montenegro takes place on 11 and 13 April 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Montenegro.
China has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning certain US duties imposed on imports of steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 10 April.
WTO members discussed how to improve work on enhancing the transparency of regional trade agreements (RTAs) at a meeting of the Committee on RTAs on 9-10 April at the WTO. They reviewed five RTAs covering countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. The new chair of the committee, Ambassador Julian Braithwaite of the United Kingdom, presided at this first committee meeting of 2018
Ambassador Zhanar Aitzhanova of Kazahkstan has taken over as chair of the WTO services negotiations. Her appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the WTO’s Council for Trade in Services in Special Session on 9 April.
At the request of Canada, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed on 9 April to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaints regarding anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The DSB also formally adopted the panel ruling, as modified by the Appellate Body, regarding Russian anti-dumping duties on imported vehicles from Germany and Italy.
The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year’s Public Forum, whose theme is “Trade 2030”. Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place on 2-4 October, are invited to submit their proposals by 4 June 2018.
Ambassador John Deep Ford of Guyana has taken over as chair of the WTO farm trade talks. WTO members confirmed his appointment at a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 9 April. In addition to the ongoing negotiations on agricultural reform, Ambassador Ford will also facilitate the negotiations on cotton.
Korea filed an appeal on 9 April against a WTO panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Import Bans, and Testing and Certification Requirements for Radionuclides” (DS495). The panel circulated its report on 22 February 2018.
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 9 April 2018, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.