Costa Rica has requested WTO dispute consultations with Panama regarding measures imposed by Panama that restrict or prohibit the import of products such as strawberries, dairy products, meat products, pineapples and bananas from Costa Rica. The request was circulated to WTO members on 14 January.
Speaking at a webinar hosted by the French Association of Large Companies (AFEP) on 14 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said WTO members need to engage in focused and constructive discussions on how to ensure that trade and trade-related measures contribute effectively to global ambitions on climate change. “Conflicts will arise” if actions such as […]
The WTO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 13 January jointly launched a new dataset covering bilateral services trade of over 200 economies from 2005 to 2019. The WTO-OECD Balanced Trade in Services (BaTIS) dataset, which provides detailed data for 12 services sectors in addition to total commercial services, offers a […]
At a virtual event hosted by Chatham House in London on 13 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff outlined his views on possible responses to calls for reform of the WTO. He focused on issues such as improving the WTO’s negotiating function and decision-making, better accountability in dispute settlement, and other structural reforms. “The status quo […]