Urban Producers, Public Invited to Attend February Meeting of Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages urban producers, innovative producers and other stakeholders to virtually attend the fourth public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Committee) on Feb. 23, 2023.

Panels established to review EU complaints regarding Chinese trade measures

At a meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 27 January, WTO members agreed to requests from the European Union for the establishment of dispute panels to examine Chinese measures affecting trade in goods and services with Lithuania as well as China’s enforcement of intellectual property rights. Members also discussed recent panel rulings regarding interpretations of the WTO’s national security exception.

Biden-Harris Administration Invests $2.7 Billion to Improve and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $2.7 billion to help 64 electric cooperatives and utilities (PDF, 175 KB) expand and modernize the nation’s rural electric grid and increase grid security.

United States appeals panel reports regarding US duties on steel and aluminium products

The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal the panel reports in the cases brought by China, Norway, Switzerland and Türkiye in “United States — Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminium Products” (DS544, DS552, DS556 and DS564). The panel reports were circulated to WTO members on 9 December. The appeals were circulated to WTO members on 30 January.

United States appeals panel report regarding US origin marking for Hong Kong, China goods

The United States notified the Dispute Settlement Body of its decision to appeal the panel report in the case brought by Hong Kong, China in “United States — Origin Marking Requirement” (DS597). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 21 December. The appeal was circulated to WTO members on 30 January.

SURG-4073 – USA (Illinois) – Secondary Food Supplies and Chemicals – Deadline February 9,2023

(1) Vendor needs to provide secondary food supplies and chemicals to the government authority located in Illinois.
(2) This bid is researched and provided for information purposes only, and RFP/RFI/Bid document has not been included. Additional Payment $5 of will be required to pay to obtain the Main RFP document (Apart from RFPMart charges). This notice only refers to contact details of contracting authority.

Members’ discussion on e-commerce work programme highlights importance of consumer protection

On 26 January, WTO members discussed consumer protection in the first of a series of dedicated discussions to be held this year under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce. Members recognised the importance of consumer protection in enhancing trust in e-commerce, shared experiences and highlighted the challenges they face in this area.

WTO members appoint new chairs for fisheries and agriculture talks

WTO members confirmed on 27 January the appointments of Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson of Iceland and Ambassador Alparslan Acarsoy of Türkiye as new chairs of the Negotiating Group on Rules (NGR) and of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session (CoASS), respectively. Ambassador Gunnarsson will chair the second wave of fisheries subsidies negotiations, following the historic Agreement adopted at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in June 2022, and Ambassador Acarsoy will steer the process to build momentum on agriculture negotiations.

WTO issues call for papers for 2023 Essay Award for Young Economists

The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2023 WTO Essay Award. The aim of the award is to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade cooperation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted by 2 June 2023.