Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was in Dakar, Senegal, on 16 February 2017, for meetings with President Macky Sall, Trade Minister Alioune Sarr and other high-level government representatives. Accordign to him, DG Azevêdo: Work to cut trade costs can help Africa’s economic integration. More: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Hello, New Delhi! See you at the WTO@20 Conference organized by the WTO Appellate Body together with the National Law University Delhi on Feb 16-18. More: [ Ciipc.org Link ]

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The latest reading of the World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) is here! With a current reading of 102.0, it suggests moderate trade momentum in first quarter of 2017. The WTOI is a leading indicator of world trade, designed to provide "real time" information on the trajectory of merchandise trade three to four months ahead of trade volume statistics. Read more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Sierra Leone is undergoing a Trade Policy Review this week. To access reports about the country's trade and investment practices for this transparency exercise, see here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The WTO and its members are getting ready for the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement: an Advanced Course for the chairs of National Committees on Trade Facilitation took place from 30 January to 10 February at the WTO headquarters. It was attended by 23 government officials from 20 French-speaking countries and from the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told a meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on 9 February that a number of trade issues of interest to India’s economy were under discussion at the WTO, ahead of the 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires this December. He drew attention to discussions on agriculture issues and the facilitation of services trade, where India...
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Least turbulent season in a decade expected for all four AMIS crops: wheat, maize/corn, rice, soybeans. AMIS is the Agricultural Market Information System, an inter-agency platform for food market transparency and policy response. The WTO is one of the partners.

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The latest issue of the WTO Accessions Newsletter is out. In this issue: news about membership talks for Belarus and Sudan.

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This week: WTO members are holding a workshop on Aid for Trade to follow up on the work on trade costs. They will review how indices measuring and comparing trade costs across various economies can be integrated into Aid-for-Trade programming. This will be followed by a formal session on Aid for Trade of the Committee on Trade and Development. We also continue to wait for more ratifications of...
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Coming soon in New Delhi: The WTO@20 Conference organized by the WTO Appellate Body together with the National Law University Delhi. See you there on Feb 16-18. More info: [ Ciipc.org Link ]

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WTO members welcomed the resumption of Sudan’s WTO membership negotiations this week at a meeting held 13 years after the last formal meeting. More: [ Wto.org Link ]
The WTO launched a Trade Dialogues lecture series examining the effects of trade and technology on job markets. At our fourth event on January 31 2017, Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey of the University of Oxford presented his research on the impact of technology on work/jobs.

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The WTO launched a Trade Dialogues lecture series examining the effects of trade and technology on job markets. At our fourth event on January 31 2017, Dr. C...

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A preview of the week ahead: Director-General Roberto Azevêdo is addressing a special meeting of the Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Council to notify WTO members of the entry into force of the TRIPS Instrument of Amendment, which secures for developing countries a legal pathway to access affordable medicines under WTO rules. Also this week, there will be Sudan membership talks and a lecture on...
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Tomorrow is the deadline for applications for the IT Security Analyst position at the WTO. Details: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Try our new #WTOSTATS tool for bulk data downloads. Here you can save annual datasets on trade in goods and services in one go. Click: bit.ly/WTOBulkDownload
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On January 31, Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the University of Oxford will present his recent research on technology and the future of work, here at the WTO HQ.

This event is part of the Trade Dialogues Lecture series, discussing the latest research on trade and labour markets.

More info and registration at: [ Goo.gl Link ]
An amendment to the agreement on intellectual property entered into force on 23 January 2017 securing for developing countries a legal pathway to access affordable medicines under WTO rules. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, says she is proud that African countries played a major role in bringing about this amendment which is an important tool to access medicines.
How have world exports of commercial services performed so far? Here are the latest graphs. For more data: [ Bit.ly Link ]
What's the role of automation for the future of work in the context of globalization?

Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the University of Oxford will present his recent research on this topic at the WTO on 31 January.

This event is part of the Trade Dialogues Lecture series, discussing the latest research on trade and labor markets.

More info and registration at: [ Goo.gl Link ]