Following the approval of the Competition and Markets Authority, British Dairy Crest will complete the sale of its dairies division for GBP 80 million to German dairy product giant Müller. / Oct 2015
A dispute involving Argentina, European Union, United States and Japan over Argentina’s import measures.
The WTO and the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA) jointly organized a regional workshop on trade in services for the Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 5 to 8 August 2013. “Trade in services has become the main engine of economic growth for many countries in the world, especially small and vulnerable developing countries with little export capacity such as the Pacific island countries,” said Vanuatu’s Trade Minister Toara Daniel in opening the workshop.
> News item: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news13_e/tra_08aug13_e.htm
Liechtenstein has become the first WTO member to ratify the amended version of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Norbert Frick, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the WTO, handed the formal documents of Liechtenstein’s acceptance to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy.
> News item: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news13_e/gpro_02may13_e.htm
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on trade-related developments issued on 29 June 2012, said that “there has been no slowdown in the imposition of new trade restrictions over the past seven months”. He noted that “the more recent wave of trade restrictions seems no longer to be aimed at combatting the temporary effects of the global crisis, but rather at trying to stimulate recovery through national industrial planning, which is a an altogether longer-term affair”.
> News item: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/devel_29jun12_e.htm
According to preliminary estimates by the WTO and UNCTAD, in the fourth quarter of 2011, world exports of commercial services rose by 3% year-on-year (balance-of-payments basis, current price, not seasonally adjusted). This is significantly lower than the 12% year-on-year increase recorded in the third quarter.
> News item: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/stts_20mar12_e.htm
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 23 March 2012, 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”.
> Proposed items for consideration at the DSB: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/dsb_agenda_23mar12_e.htm
The Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA) has accepted a proposal by the Chair, Ambassador Luzius Wasescha of Switzerland, to resume discussions on matters related to tariffs that in the last few years have been sidestepped in favour of an in-depth and less contentious discussion on non-tariff issues. The Chair proposed two meetings to discuss non-tariff barriers: one on 8 and 9 March and another on 12 March. The discussion to explore new initiatives on tariffs will be held on 14 March.
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