In meetings in Washington, D.C. last week, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General, made the case that equitable worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines is necessary for economic growth and trade to bounce back from the pandemic, and that a reinvigorated multilateral trading system would strengthen both the health response and the economic recovery.
The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year’s Public Forum, whose theme is “Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience”. Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 28 to 30 September, are invited to submit their proposals by 7 June 2021.
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 12 April urged heads of WTO delegations to stay engaged in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and aim to reach an agreement by July. The talks have reached a considerable degree of maturity, and members should make the compromises necessary to get to the finish line, she said in her remarks to […]