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The WTO launched a lecture series examining the effects of trade and technology on job markets. At the first Trade Dialogues lecture, two leading economists discussed results from two separate adjustment programmes in Europe.

Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist at the DG Trade, European Union, talks about the European Globalization Fund.
Ministers and senior officials representing 46 WTO members met in Geneva this weekend to work towards liberalising trade on a range of important environmental goods. More: bit.ly/EGA_Dec4
"After a year of constructive debate at the WTO, work must intensify into 2017"- said Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at yesterday's meeting of all World Trade Organization - WTO members.

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the progress made over the past 12 months and urged members to capitalize on this positive engagement in the New Year.

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Thank you Dominica for accepting the TRIPS Amendment.

We now have over 65% of World Trade Organization - WTO members who have accepted the Protocol to ease poor countries' access to affordable medicines.

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100 TFA ratifications down, only 10 more needed for entry into force!

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The final countdown begins!

With Dominica and Mongolia ratifying the Trade Facilitation Agreement, we now have a total of 100 ratifications. Only 10 more left to realize a global deal that could slash trade costs and delays.

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Did you catch our latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI)?

Current reading is 100.9 for the month of August, which suggests a modest pick-up in trade during end of 2016.

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The WTO has just launched a Trade Dialogues lecture series examining the effects of trade and technology on job markets. At our first event, two leading economists discussed results from two separate adjustment programmes in Europe.

Professor Torben Andersen of Aarhus University reviewed Denmark’s “Flexicurity” programme.

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Benin has accepted the amendment to the TRIPS agreement. We are now closer to formalizing easier access to affordable medicines for poorest countries.

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A World Trade Organization - WTO workshop for Members of Parliaments in the Caribbean region, jointly organised with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, just started. Members highlighted challenges for small economies to integrate in trade. It is an opportunity to discuss and listen how we make trade work for equitable, sustainable growth.
Chile and Swaziland have ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement, bringing the tally to 98 members. We now have nearly 90% of the ratifications needed to bring the TFA into force. More here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Merci aux participants de l'atelier de haut niveau co-organisé par @OIFfrancophonie et l'OMC à Tananarive, Madagascar, du 9 au 11 novembre. Débats très intéressants sur les résultats de la Dixième Conférence ministérielle de 2015 pour l'Afrique francophone. Au menu: l'élimination des subventions agricoles, la ratification de l'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges et le paquet pour les Pays...
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The third review of the trade policies and practices of Guatemala takes place on 16 and 18 November 2016. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Guatemala. The documents can be downloaded from [ Bit.ly Link ]
A new book on trade policy analysis was launched on the 15th of November by the WTO and UNCTAD.

“An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model” outlines one of the most successful tools for the analysis of trade policy and provides practical guidance on how to apply this tool to trade policy making.

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WTO Chairs Programme conference opened today with the book launch of "Trade costs & inclusive growth: Case studies presented by WTO chair-holders."

The publication examines how the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative can assist with implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the importance of mainstreaming trade into national development strategies, and the potential impact of the TFA in...
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WTO members are gathering this week as the WTO Goods Council, the body responsible for agreements on goods and over 10 committees and working parties. Also this week are meetings on Agriculture and Dispute Settlement negotiations, Environment, and more. Stay tuned as well for updates from the WTO Chairs Programme Conference. Full agenda here:bit.ly/WTOcalendar
World Trade Organization - WTO Chairs Programme Conference kicks off tomorrow.

Don't miss the book launch of the "Trade costs and inclusive growth: Case studies presented by WTO chair-holders" at 10:00.
Trade & WTO can help deliver on Sustainable Development Goals

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo presented United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the WTO Ministerial Decision on Export Competition, which delivers a key contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal entitled ‘Zero Hunger’.

DG Azevêdo presents Ban Ki-moon with WTO Agreement contributing to SDGs