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On 17 December, 2011, WTO Ministers adopted Samoa’s and Montenegro’s WTO terms of entry at the 8th Ministerial Conference in Geneva. Samoa will have until 15 June 2012 to ratify its accession package and Montenegro until 31 March 2012. Both countries will become fully-fledged WTO members 30 days…
The following is excerpted from a news item from the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 19 December 2011, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes…
The following is excerpted from a 15 December 2011 news item from the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO has developed a new application that will allow users to access via one portal all trade policy information notified to the WTO by its members. Known as the Integrated Trade Intelligence…
The following is excerpted from a December 9, 2011 press release from the World Customs Organization. Twelve countries have united to launch Operation Tigre 2, an enforcement operation to combat counterfeiting and piracy led jointly by the WCO and the Panama Customs administration with funding…
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at a forum in Beijing on 11 December 2011 commemorating the 10th anniversary of China’s accession to the WTO, said: “On this tenth anniversary, and as we look forward for the next decade, I have two wishes that I would like to express. The first is that…
The WCO and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance signed a Grant Agreement to support the Organization’s modernization and capacity building activities. Aimed at developing-country WCO Members, under the terms of the Agreement, Korea will provide generous funding to support WCO…
On November 24-25, 2011 in Guangzhou, China, the World Customs Organization (WCO) co-hosted with the General Administration of China Customs, a World Customs and Trade Forum focused on harnessing knowledge as a means to improve public-private sector collaboration in modernization of the…
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the Doha Round to the General Council on 30 November 2011, said that he sensed in his consultations with members “convergence emerging around the idea that members advance negotiations in areas where progress can be achieved, in line with our existing…
The sixth review of the trade policies and practices of Thailand takes place on 28 and 30 November 2011. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Thailand. This report is available on the World Trade Organization website at: http://www.wto.org…