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  • Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruit Sep 19, 2021 03:38 PM IST

    Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruit

    Taiwan's Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung said China had behaved unilaterally without providing scientific evidence, and criticised the announcement for coming during the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated by Taiwan and China.

  • India likely to withdraw sugar export subsidies from new season Aug 17, 2021 07:10 PM IST

    India likely to withdraw sugar export subsidies from new season

    Cashing in on rising sugar prices, Indian traders for the first time have signed export contracts five months ahead of shipments as a likely drop in Brazil's production prompted buyers to secure supplies from India in advance.

  • Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine shift has risky side effects May 06, 2021 06:43 PM IST

    Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine shift has risky side effects

  • WTO to meet to decide on next director-general on February 15 Feb 09, 2021 10:16 PM IST

    WTO to meet to decide on next director-general on February 15

    Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is widely expected to be chosen to fill a months-long leadership void at the global trade watchdog after Washington reversed its opposition last week.

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria's hope to head the WTO Feb 06, 2021 02:45 PM IST

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria's hope to head the WTO

    The 66-year-old is looking to make more history as she bids to become the first African and woman to head the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • WTO fails to agree rules to stop overfishing Dec 14, 2020 08:41 PM IST

    WTO fails to agree rules to stop overfishing

    World leaders committed in 2015 to a series of UN targets and one of them mandates the Geneva-based trade watchdog to strike a deal on ending government subsidies worth billions of dollars that contribute to over-fishing by 2020.

  • COVID-19 vaccine: WHO backs India, South Africa's proposal to WTO, calls for easing of intellectual property rules Oct 19, 2020 09:15 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine: WHO backs India, South Africa's proposal to WTO, calls for easing of intellectual property rules

    Backing India, South Africa's proposal to WTO, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said ending a pandemic starts with collaboration.

  • China says US TikTok, WeChat bans break WTO rules Oct 05, 2020 10:57 PM IST

    China says US TikTok, WeChat bans break WTO rules

    The official said the delegate described the US failure to provide concrete evidence of the reasons for its measures a "clear abuse" of rules.

  • Egyptian, Mexican, Moldovan exit in race for top post at WTO Sep 18, 2020 07:03 PM IST

    Egyptian, Mexican, Moldovan exit in race for top post at WTO

    The WTO’s General Council, made up of ambassadors from the 164-member Geneva organization, ruled out Jesus Seade Kuri of Mexico, Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova and Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt.

  • WTO finds US tariffs on China breach trading rules Sep 15, 2020 09:41 PM IST

    WTO finds US tariffs on China breach trading rules

    The panel found that the duties were inconsistent with trading rules because they applied only to China and were above the maximum rates to which the United States had committed.

  • WTO says record trade plunge could have been worse Jun 23, 2020 04:44 PM IST

    WTO says record trade plunge could have been worse

    The Geneva-based body forecast in April that global trade in goods would fall by between 13 percent and 32 percent in 2020, numbers that the WTO chief described as "ugly", before rebounding by 21-24 percent in 2021.

  • EU trade chief Hogan says he is considering bid to become WTO chief Jun 09, 2020 07:48 PM IST

    EU trade chief Hogan says he is considering bid to become WTO chief

    'Certainly I am exploring the option of being a candidate for the director-general of the WTO. I think that there is an important amount of work to be done to reform the organization, to make it more effective and efficient, but also to deal with many of the trade issues that are bedeviling the international community now arising from COVID-19,' he said.

  • Factbox: Who's bidding to be next World Trade Organization chief? Jun 08, 2020 06:53 PM IST

    Factbox: Who's bidding to be next World Trade Organization chief?

    The Geneva-based body normally takes nine months to choose a new chief but now wants to do so in three. It prefers to pick a chief by consensus, moving to a vote only as a last resort.

  • US tells WTO 'no valid basis' for EU tariffs in Boeing-Airbus subsidy fight May 07, 2020 08:00 AM IST

    US tells WTO 'no valid basis' for EU tariffs in Boeing-Airbus subsidy fight

    The United States told the World Trade Organization on Wednesday there was "no valid basis" for the European Union to retaliate against US goods

  • WTO members eliminate duties on over 84% of medical products for 2020 under various agreements Apr 28, 2020 10:30 PM IST

    WTO members eliminate duties on over 84% of medical products for 2020 under various agreements

    The share of exports by the world's top-10 exporters of medical products to their RTA partners ranges from between 27 percent for China to almost 75 percent for Italy, the WTO has said in the report.

  • WTO sees 'ugly' trade plunge, likely worse than financial crisis Apr 08, 2020 07:48 PM IST

    WTO sees 'ugly' trade plunge, likely worse than financial crisis

    The Geneva-based WTO said that for 2021 it was forecasting a rebound in global goods trade of between 21 percent and 24 percent, depending largely on the duration of the coronavirus outbreak and the effectiveness of policy responses.

  • Coronavirus impact: WTO sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to tackle COVID-19 crisis Mar 26, 2020 04:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact: WTO sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to tackle COVID-19 crisis

    Azevedo said global solutions are needed to address the global challenge brought about by the pandemic.

  • Piyush Goyal meets WTO chief, EU trade commissioner, others Jan 24, 2020 07:42 PM IST

    Piyush Goyal meets WTO chief, EU trade commissioner, others

    Goyal also held discussions with Blackstone Group Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Stephen A Schwarzman, South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel and ABB Chairman and CEO Peter Voser, according to a series of tweets by Goyal.

  • WTO ban on tariffs for digital trade extended until June 2020 Dec 10, 2019 06:10 PM IST

    WTO ban on tariffs for digital trade extended until June 2020

    The moratorium on digital trade worth an estimated $225 billion a year has been in place since 1998, but was due to expire in December and required unanimity at the WTO for renewal.

  • US seals demise of WTO appeals bench: Trade officials Dec 09, 2019 09:50 PM IST

    US seals demise of WTO appeals bench: Trade officials

    The Trump administration has been blocking appointments to the WTO's seven-member Appellate Body that rules on trade disputes for over two years, with US officials saying the court had gone beyond its remit.

  • WTO panel rules India export subsidies illegal, upholds US case Oct 31, 2019 09:28 PM IST

    WTO panel rules India export subsidies illegal, upholds US case

    The panel largely agreed with US claims challenging export subsidies granted in the form of exemptions from customs duties and a national tax, while rejecting some US arguments.

  • WTO rules for India in solar dispute, but US says no impact Jun 27, 2019 08:16 PM IST

    WTO rules for India in solar dispute, but US says no impact

    India brought the legal dispute to the WTO in 2016 in a tit-for-tat move after a successful US challenge to India's own solar power policies, which the United States said had slashed US solar exports to India by more than 90 percent.

  • United States suspends WTO intellectual property litigation against China Jun 14, 2019 07:28 PM IST

    United States suspends WTO intellectual property litigation against China

    The panel of three adjudicators said the United States asked for the suspension on June 3 and China agreed the next day.

  • WTO's discussion agenda must include old, new issues: Suresh Prabhu Nov 19, 2018 02:09 PM IST

    WTO's discussion agenda must include old, new issues: Suresh Prabhu

    Prabhu said that based on his discussions with other member countries, an agenda was being prepared which will be forward-looking, agreeable to all nations and include substantive issues.

  • Donald Trump says WTO has treated US very badly; hopes it mends its ways Jul 03, 2018 10:33 AM IST

    Donald Trump says WTO has treated US very badly; hopes it mends its ways

    The president was addressing reporters during a joint media appearance with Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte yesterday.

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