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IFC Press Releases

IFC Helps Countries in Europe and Central Asia Improve Business Regulations, Competitiveness

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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, April 22, 2015 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic today launched a two-day peer-to-peer learning conference to encourage regional leaders to share best practices in business regulations and regulatory governance

IFC Invests in MTI Environment Group to Support Clean Tech for Wastewater Management in China

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Beijing, April 24, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has invested $4 million in MTI Environment Group Ltd., a leading player in China’s sludge composting and odor control market, to support the company’s expansion in China. This investment will help supply clean-technology solutions

IFC投资MTI 环境集团有限公司,支持中国使用清洁技术治理污水

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2015年4月24日,北京—世界银行集团成员IFC已向中国污泥堆肥和除臭治理市场的领导企业MTI环境集团有限公司(MTI)投资400万美元,以支持该公司在中国的 扩张。这项投资将有助于向中国垃圾处理市场提供清洁技术解决方案,同时推动中国的资源有效利用。 IFC携手在新加坡上市的水务环保公司上海实业环境控股有限公司,联合向MTI投资800万美元。MTI将利用这笔资金加大研发力度,提升营销和销售能力,完成潜在的收 购。   MTI董事长兼首席执行官刘枫先生说:“IFC的投资展示了国际投资者对MTI公司的技术和商业模式的信心。我们还将与IFC合作,进一步提升我们的环境、社会和公司

IFC and China Three Gorges Corporation to Address Power Shortage in Pakistan

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Islamabad, Pakistan, April 22, 2015— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, agreed today to invest $125 million in a leading renewable energy company to support eco-friendly power projects in Pakistan, part of efforts to combat climate change and spur economic growth across the country. Pakist

IFC Launches 16 Billion Indian Rupee Masala Bond, Reaching 99 Billion Rupee in Offshore Issuances

10 min 17 sec ago
Washington, D.C., April 22, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, issued Masala bonds worth 16 billion Indian rupees, or approximately $250 million, attracting first time investors from Europe to the offshore rupee markets. The three-and-a-half year bonds mark the first issuance at thi

IFC and CDP Partner to Boost Access to Finance for Private Sector in Emerging Markets

1 day 18 hours ago
Washington D.C., April 21, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) will streamline lending procedures for joint investments to provide much-needed financing to private companies and boost growth and jobs in emerging markets. CDP joins 25 other de

IFC Invests in Al Safi Danone Iraq to Boost Food Security, Economic Diversification

1 day 18 hours ago
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, April 20, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing up to $18 million in Saudi dairy company Al Safi Danone’s Iraq-based subsidiary to expand its operations in order to improve domestic food security, boost Iraq’s non-oil sector, and reduce its r

IFCと国際協力機構(JICA)が協調融資に関する基本協力協定を締結 ~途上国におけるインフラ、気候変動対策分野における 先導的なプロジェクトでの円滑な協働をめざして~

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2015年4月18日、世界銀行グループの一機関である国際金融公社(International Finance Corporation、以下「IFC」という)と国 際協力機構(JICA)は、途上国における両機関の民間セクター向け融資業務における円滑な協働を行うため、基本協力協定(Master Cooperation Agreement)を締結しました。署名は、IMF・世界銀行春季会合が開催されている米国ワシントンDCにて、カリン・フィンケルストンIFC副総裁と、小寺清 JICA理事との間で行われました。 本協力協定は、2009年の金融危機により低下した民間金融セクターの活動を下支

IFC, Japan Strengthen Collaboration for Private Sector Development in Emerging Markets

3 days 16 hours ago
Washington D.C., April 18, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will streamline lending procedures for joint investments to provide much-needed financing to private companies in emerging markets and boost economic growth and jobs.

IFC and Mastercard Deepen Partnership to Boost Financial Inclusion

3 days 17 hours ago
Washington, D.C., April 17, 2015— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and MasterCard today signed an agreement to establish a risk-sharing facility, which is expected to provide millions of people in emerging markets access to electronic payments, a crucial next step in their ongoing collab

IFC, Mondelēz International Train Vietnamese Coffee Growers in Sustainable Farming Practices and Business Skills

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Hanoi, Vietnam, April 16, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with Mondelēz International, one of the world’s largest coffee companies, to train 5,000 coffee farmers in the Dak Lak province in sustainable agricultural practices and business skills over the next

IFC Provides $40 Million to Banco Internacional in Ecuador to Boost Lending For Business Sector, with Focus on Women-Owned SMEs

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Quito, Ecuador, April 16th, 2015— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing $40 million to Banco Internacional in Ecuador to expand lending to local small and medium enterprises with a portion of the financing exclusively earmarked for enterprises owned or operated by women.   Th

IFC and CDP Partner to Boost Access to Finance for Private Sector in Emerging Markets

5 days 12 hours ago
Washington D.C., April 21, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) will streamline lending procedures for joint investments to provide much-needed financing to private companies and boost growth and jobs in emerging markets. CDP joins 25 other de

IFC Supports Rural Employment in Ethiopia with Investment in Afriflora

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Washington DC, April 13, 2015— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will lend up to €90 million to support Afriflora Group, a leading large-scale rose grower and distributor based in Ethiopia that employs more than 9,000 workers, more than 80 percent of them women. The funding will support A

IFC Otorga en Ecuador $40 millones a Banco Internacional para Impulsar Sector Empresarial, con Énfasis en PYMES de Mujeres

5 days 23 hours ago
Quito, Ecuador, 16 de abril, 2015— IFC, miembro del Grupo Banco Mundial, otorgó un préstamo de $40 millones de dólares al Banco Internacional de Ecuador con el objetivo de promover el crédito para las pequeñas y medianas empresas, con una parte del financiamiento destinada a empresas perteneci

IFC invests in Planet Labs to improve access to emerging market satellite imagery

1 week 1 day ago
Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has invested $20 million in Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based company that deploys small, low-orbiting satellites to photograph remote and emerging parts of the world to help with disaster response, agriculture and urba

IFC, Imkon Consulting Urge Tajik Companies to Improve Corporate Governance

1 week 2 days ago
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, April 9, 2015—A new report by Imkon Consulting, a partner of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, urges Tajik companies to improve their corporate information disclosure practices in order to enhance corporate governance, attract investment, and better contribute to Taj

West Africa Venture Fund Promotes Economic Recovery in Liberia

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Dakar, Senegal, April 9, 2015 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the launch of a local rice milling plant and a modern bakery that will promote food security, economic recovery and job creation in Liberia following the protracted Ebola crisis. President Ellen Johnson

IFC与中国银行间市场交易商协会将深化合作,支持中国资本市场的发展

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华盛顿特区/北京, 2015年4月9日—世界银行集团成员国际金融公司 (IFC) 与中国银行间市场交易商协会(NAFMII)将深化合作,通过引进创新、知识交流和 研究以及共同举办国际国内论坛,支持中国资本市场的发展。 双方签署的合作框架文件指明了具体的领域,如推动创新型金融机制以鼓励私营企业尤其是中小企业从国内资本市场融资、联合举办会议还有其他知识交流活动。 IFC副总裁和司库华敬东表示:“资本市场的创新和改革对中国确保持续发展和创造就业机会极为重要。IFC已做好准备支持这些创新和改革。为满足中国私营部门的融资需求, 促进长期增长和繁荣,深化同NAFMII的合作是IFC在中

IFC and NAFMII Deepen Collaboration to Support China’s Capital Markets

1 week 5 days ago
Washington, D.C./Beijing, April 9, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and China’s National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (NAFMII) will deepen their collaboration by focusing on introducing innovation, exchanging knowledge and research, and working together in

IFC and GAFSP Partner with Nedbank to Support Rice Imports to Liberia

1 week 5 days ago
Washington, DC, April 7, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the private sector window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program today announced support for Nedbank’s $ a $50 million facility to help commodity traders in Sub-Saharan Africa import agricultural commodities

IMF News

Christine Lagarde Expresses Sympathy to Victims of Earthquake in Nepal

1 hour 40 min ago

Mali: IMF Staff Concludes Visit

1 day 6 hours ago

Podcast: Jakkie Cilliers on Fragile States

1 day 8 hours ago
Podcast

IMF Survey: IMF Unveils New Way of Assessing Country Reserves

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IMF Executive Board Discusses Reserve Adequacy Assessment

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IMF Policy Paper: Assessing Reserve Adequacy - Specific Proposals

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"Reinvigorate Trade to Boost Global Economic Growth," Speech by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF

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Capital Control Measures: A New Dataset

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Working Paper No. 15/80

IMFC Statement by Jânis Reirs, Chairman, EU Council of Economic and Finance Ministers

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IMF Policy Paper: Update on the Financing of the Fund's Concessional Assistance and Debt Relief to Low-Income Member Countries

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The Gambia: Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility, cancellation of the Extended Credit Facility and proposal for a Staff-Monitored Program-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for The Gambia

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Country Report No. 15/104

The Gambia: Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility, cancellation of the Extended Credit Facility and proposal for a Staff-Monitored Program-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for The Gambia

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Country Report No. 15/104

Gambia, The: Letter of Intent, Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, and Technical Memorandum of Understanding, March 4, 2015

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IMF Survey: Ebola Subsides, Economic Impact Lingers

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Press Release: Zimbabwe—IMF Management Completes First Review of Staff-Monitored Program

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Ghana: Request For A Three-Year Arrangement Under The Extended Credit Facility

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Country Report

IMF Video:Lagarde Speaks at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert

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IMF Video:A Call to Strengthen Global Growth: David Lipton Wraps Up the IMF Spring Meetings

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IMF Video: Top Goals: Higher Growth, Shared Prosperity

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IMF Video:Falling Commodity Prices: What it Means for Emerging Markets

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IMF Survey: Creating Jobs Remains Key Priority for Middle East, North Africa

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Press Release: African Consultative Group Meeting: Statement by the Chairman of the African Caucus and the Managing Director of the IMF

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IMF Video: The Politics of Adjustment

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IMF Video: The Politics of High Debt: Future Challenges

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Press Release: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) Enhance Cooperation

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Transcript of the Asia and Pacific Department Press Briefing

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IMF Survey: Financing For Development: The Way Forward

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IMFC Statement by the Honorable Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Japan

1 week 7 hours ago

Communiqué of the Thirty-First Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)

1 week 7 hours ago

Communiqué of the Thirty-First Meeting of the IMFC Chaired by Mr. Agustín Carstens, Governor of the Bank of Mexico

1 week 8 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Head of the Federal Department of Finance, Switzerland

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Transcript of a Press Conference on Europe

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IMF Video: Press Briefing: Middle East and Central Asian Department

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IMF Video:The Why, Where, and How of Infrastructure Investment

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IMF Video:The New Global Trade Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

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IMF Video:Financing for Development: The Way Forward

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IMF Video:Press Briefing: Western Hemisphere Department

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IMFC Statement by Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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IMFC Statement by Régis Immongault Tatagani Minister of Economy, Investments, Promotion and Prospective, Gabon

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IMFC Statement by Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

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Transcript of the G24 Press Briefing

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IMF Survey: The Elusive Pursuit of Inflation

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IMF Video:Press Briefing: Asia and Pacific Department

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IMF Video:Press Briefing: G-24

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IMF Video:Press Briefing: Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

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Financing Sustainable Development: Key Policy Issues and the Role of the Fund

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IMF Policy Paper

Remarks of IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde — High-Level Ebola Meeting: The Road to Recovery

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Current Challenges in Revenue Mobilization: Improving Tax Compliance

1 week 2 days ago
IMF Policy Paper

Transcript of a Press Briefing with the IMF Managing Director

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IMF Video:Press Availability in Advance of 2015 Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru

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Provisional Agenda for the Thirty-First Meeting of the IMFC

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Progress Report on the Activities of the Independent Evaluation Office

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IMF Policy Paper

IMFC Statement by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, United Arab Emirates

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IMF Survey: Lift Tomorrow's Growth For Better Economic Future—Lagarde

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IMFC Statement by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, H.M. Treasury, United Kingdom

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Confront Global Challenges Together: Managing Director's Global Policy Agenda

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IMF Policy Paper

Statement by Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany

1 week 2 days ago

Transcript of the Fiscal Monitor Press Briefing

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Solomon Islands: Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Request For Modification of Performance Criteria-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Solomon Islands

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Country Report No. 15/102

IMF Video:IMF 2015 Fiscal Monitor

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IMF Video:Press Briefing: Global Financial Stability Report

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IMF Video:IMF 2015 Fiscal Monitor

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Fiscal Monitor, April 2015 <br /> Now Is the Time: Fiscal Policies for Sustainable Growth

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IMF Survey: Now Is the Time! Use Fiscal Policy to Support Sustainable Growth

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IMF Survey: Financial Risks Rise, Rotate

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Global Financial Stability Report, April 2015: Navigating Monetary Policy Challenges and Managing Risks

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IMF Video:Global Financial Stability Report: Rising and Rotating risks

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IMF Video: Press Briefing: World Economic Outlook

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Mongolia: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation

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Transcript of a Press Briefing on the April 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO)

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Podcast: Uneven Global Economic Growth for 2015, Olivier Blanchard

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Podcast

IMFC Statement by Mr. Janis Reirs, Minister of Finance, Latvia

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IMF Survey: Uneven Global Recovery, Complex Underlying Currents

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West African Economic and Monetary Union--Common Policies of Member Countries-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director

1 week 5 days ago
Country Report No. 15/100

Solomon Islands: IMF Executive Board Completes the Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Approves US$0.2 Million Disbursement

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IMF Financial Activities -- Update April 9, 2015

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OECD News - Corruption

OECD Integrity Forum 2015

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Integrity Week is an annual event organised by the OECD and its CleanGovBiz Initiative to actively support governments and organisations in their efforts to strengthen integrity, build trust, and fight corruption.

World Trade Organization - News

Chair cites “urgent need” to find solutions in farm trade talks

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WTO members were urged on 24 April to step up efforts in resolving their differences on key issues blocking progress in the Doha Round farm trade talks. John Adank, the New Zealand ambassador chairing the negotiations, said there was an “urgent need to move from repeating positions to working for solutions”.

WTO members discuss how to step up notifications on import licensing

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At a meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing on 21 April 2015, WTO members welcomed proposals by the Chair on how to improve WTO members’ compliance with notification requirements under the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures. A workshop at the WTO headquarters was proposed as a means of tackling this issue.

Panel established in dispute between US and China over alleged subsidies

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At its regular meeting on 22 April, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) established a panel to examine a dispute between the United States and China over alleged subsidies. The DSB deferred the establishment of a panel in disputes between the US and Indonesia, and between New Zealand and Indonesia over alleged restrictions to the importation of agricultural products.

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 22 April 2015, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

Finland pledges EUR 649,000 to programmes for developing countries

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The government of Finland has pledged to make contributions totalling EUR 649,000 in 2015 to assist the participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading system. The funding consists of EUR 550,000 (CHF 571,794) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and EUR 99,000 (CHF 102,923) for evaluating the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF).

Trade Policy Review: Australia

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The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Australia takes place on 21 and 23 April 2015. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Australia.

Most WTO members ready to start defining services component of post-Bali work programme

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The majority of WTO members expressed readiness to start defining the services component of the post-Bali work programme in an informal meeting of the Trade in Services Council on 20 April 2015. Some delegations said that the services negotiations would have to wait until it is clearer what the work programme will contain for agriculture and industrial goods.

Azevêdo seeks further cooperation with Energy Charter to support access to energy

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At an event on clean energy governance and implications for international trade organized by the ICTSD and the Energy Charter Secretariat on 17 April 2015, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that there are numerous areas where the WTO and the Energy Charter “can work more closely together to improve governance”. This would help to address the need for greater access to energy and for a greater emphasis on sustainability and “could help to boost trade, safeguard the environment and improve lives”.

WTO and FAO announce enhanced cooperation on trade and food security

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, in Geneva on 17 April to step up collaborative efforts on the issue of trade and food security, as well as other issues.

Concerns raised about investment measures favouring local products

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The Committee on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs), on 16 April, considered 14 complaints about investment measures that have raised concerns on allegedly favouring domestic over imported products through local-content requirements. Five of these complaints were made in relation to measures taken by Indonesia, three concerned measures of the Russian Federation, and two addressed measures taken by India. Six out of the 14 complaints were discussed for the first time at this meeting.

Egypt launches safeguard investigation on white sugar

1 week 3 days ago
On 15 April 2015, Egypt notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it would initiate on 16 April 2015 a safeguard investigation on white sugar.

Azevêdo underlines trade role in leveraging economic growth and development

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in a speech at the WTO press conference on “WTO Trade Statistics for 2014 and Trade Growth Projections for 2015/16” on 14 April, said that “while many policy options have been tested since the crisis, we haven’t yet explored the full potential of trade policy to support growth”. He added: “The WTO’s successful Bali Package—which members are implementing now—was an important step. But of course we can do more to develop a trade-friendly global environment.”

Members endorse Chair plan for advancing talks on “rules” role in post-Bali work programme

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WTO members agreed on 14 April to a proposal from the Chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules, Ambassador Wayne McCook (Jamaica), that the WTO Secretariat hold an information briefing on the morning of 4 May regarding the rules negotiations. This will be followed by a separate “open-ended” discussion within the Negotiating Group on the role WTO members envision for rules in the post-Bali work programme.

Panel on compliance issues ruling in tuna dispute

1 week 4 days ago
On 14 April 2015, the WTO dispute settlement “compliance panel” issued a report in the case “United States — Measures concerning the importation, marketing and sale of tuna and tuna products” (DS381).

Modest trade recovery to continue in 2015 and 2016 following three years of weak expansion

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Growth in the volume of world merchandise trade will pick up only slightly over the next two years, rising from 2.8% in 2014 to 3.3% in 2015 and eventually to 4.0% in 2016, WTO economists announced today (14 April). Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that “by withdrawing protectionist measures, improving market access, avoiding policies which distort competition and striving to agree reforms to global trade rules, governments can boost trade and seize the opportunities that it offers for everyone.”

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