Bolivia outlines vaccine import needs in use of WTO flexibilities to tackle pandemic

The government of Bolivia has formally notified the WTO of the country’s need to import COVID-19 vaccines, taking another step towards using flexibilities in WTO intellectual property rules as part of its pandemic response.

Webinar to explore perspectives on access to medical technologies

A panel of leading experts from government, industry, civil society, academia and intergovernmental organizations will explore the different perspectives on access to medical technologies over the past 25 years at a webinar on 19 May 2021. The event forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Participants in services domestic regulation talks share national practices

WTO members participating in the negotiations on services domestic regulation shared how they are implementing disciplines at the national level when they met virtually on 10 May. The objective of the talks is to increase transparency and predictability of authorization procedures to reduce the costs of doing business and facilitate international services trade.

Fishing subsidies negotiations chair introduces new text in run-up to July ministerial

The chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, introduced on 11 May a new draft text aimed at bringing members closer to agreement ahead of the 15 July meeting of ministers. The text is based on members’ collective work and proposes landing zones to curb harmful fisheries subsidies and ensure the sustainability of the world’s oceans.

DG Okonjo-Iweala talks COVID response, recovery with Italian officials

Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala met with senior Italian leaders — including Prime Minister Mario Draghi — on 9-10 May to discuss the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the role the WTO can play in accelerating economic recovery.

New booklet highlights key results of 2020 work on standards and regulations

The WTO has launched a new booklet highlighting ten key results from the latest annual review of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. The booklet outlines how WTO members are implementing the Agreement.

Working group on small business discusses roadmap to MC12 and explores new topics

At a meeting of the Informal Working Group on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), held on 4 May, WTO members discussed what the Group aims to deliver at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) and explored new topics to help small business benefit from international trade. The Group also looked at the implementation of the package of declarations and decisions adopted in December 2020.

Seminar to explore links between TRIPS and health technology dissemination

A panel of leading experts will explore on 12 May the impact of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on health technology diffusion over the past 25 years and its role in the broader ecosystem that is required to support innovation and equitable access to medical technologies. The webinar “Trade and Public Health: Dissemination of Health Technologies” forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the TRIPS Agreement.