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Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy

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The FINANCIAL -- The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade…

Urgently waive intellectual property rules for vaccine

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The FINANCIAL -- Right to life, public health demand extraordinary cooperation, sharing. Governments should stop blocking a temporary waiver of some global intellectual property rules that will help boost global access to COVID-19 vaccines, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a key World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Geneva on December 10,…

Trade issues associated with the spread of diseases of animal origin

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The FINANCIAL — The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note about trade issues associated with the spread of diseases of animal origin. The note maps out the international framework in place to address these issues, along with ongoing efforts to ensure safe trade in animals and animal products, including in wildlife. The note…

Hong Kong, China initiates dispute complaint against US origin marking requirements

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The FINANCIAL — Hong Kong, China has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States concerning marks of origin requirements imposed by the US on goods produced in Hong Kong, China. The request was circulated to WTO members on 3 November. Hong Kong, China is challenging several US legal, regulatory, executive and administrative measures through…

WTO members discussed how to use intellectual property to tackle coronavirus pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs) to implement…

WTO report explains how global intellectual property system relates to the COVID-19 pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note about how the global intellectual property (IP) system relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential contributions it could make to efforts to address it. The note provides an overview of IP-related measures taken by WTO members and other stakeholders since the start of…

WTO presents new import licensing database

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The FINANCIAL — Four years of work by the WTO Secretariat bore fruit with the launch on 9 October 2020 of the new import licensing database. The new platform gathers together import licensing information, analysis and reporting and streamlines notification procedures for WTO members. At a meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing, members commended…