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Trade and gender congress opens with call for inclusive, research-backed path to recovery

Women are harder hit by global crises and research is vital to ensure trade policy makes an effective contribution to a gender-responsive recovery, speakers said on 5 December at the high-level opening session of the World Trade Congress on Gender. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, opening the research conference, said the WTO is moving in the right direction and that research will help point the way.

Trade Policy Review: Seychelles

The first review of the trade policies and practices of the Seychelles takes place on 5 and 7 December 2022. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of the Seychelles.

TESSD High-Level Stocktaking Event

Remarks by Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam

Members take stock of sustainability discussions, signal priorities for concrete action

WTO members participating in the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions (TESSD) on 2 December held a high-level event to take stock of progress made this year and to signal their priorities for further work ahead of the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13). Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, opening the event, lauded the members for exploring new trade solutions to environmental issues and urged them to intensify efforts towards concrete actions.

TESSD High-Level Stocktaking Event

Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala

E-commerce negotiators vow to intensify work in coming year

At their last meeting of the year, participants in the negotiations on e-commerce intensified their efforts from 28 November-1 December to bridge differences on text proposals. The co-convenors of the negotiations — Australia, Japan and Singapore — set out a road map for future work, aiming to accelerate the pace in 2023.

Members put trade facilitation support in sharper focus, aim to close gaps in next 2 years

WTO members on 1 December held focused discussions on how to better assist developing and least-developed countries in meeting their commitment to implement certain provisions of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in 2023 and 2024. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala called for more cooperation amid global shocks and technological advances to ensure no member is left behind.

DG Okonjo-Iweala: “We must move from discussion and reflection to action”

In her report to a meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) on 30 November, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala urged WTO members to deliver on the promises of the successful 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) last June and move forward on the future work agenda set out by ministers at that meeting.

WTO issues 2022 edition of flagship statistical publication

The WTO issued today (30 November) the latest edition of the World Trade Statistical Review, the WTO’s annual analysis of the most recent trends in global trade.