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IFC Press Releases

IFC Supports Manufacturing in Egypt with a $25 million Investment in Carbon Holdings Limited

1 hour 26 min ago
Washington, May 30, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $25 million in Carbon Holdings, an Egyptian developer and operator of manufacturing projects for downstream petrochemicals required in a range of industries, including mining, food packaging, and automotive parts.

IFC, ACLEDA Bank and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Partner to Boost Lending to Women-Owned SMEs in Cambodia

1 hour 26 min ago
Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women today announced an investment of $70 million in ACLEDA Bank Plc as part of a $160 million syndicated loan for women owned small and medium enterprises in Cambodia. This loan is part of the Wom

Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a

1 hour 26 min ago
Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is hosting a training seminar for Chinese market regulators and banking professionals to raise corporate-governance standards among Chinese listed companies with the aim of improving their performance and hence attractiveness fo

IFC, Societe Generale de Banque au Liban Help Boost Trade in Lebanon with New Agreement

1 day 3 hours ago
Beirut, Lebanon, May 29, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today signed a trade finance agreement with Societe Generale de Banque au Liban (SGBL), a leading bank in Lebanon, to boost cross-border trade and help local businesses access international markets. Under the agreement,

IFC Promotes Greater SME Access to Finance through a Lending Workshop in Lao PDR

1 day 3 hours ago
Vientiane, Lao PDR, May 24,—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping micro, small, and medium enterprises in Lao PDR gain access to credit by promoting loans using moveable assets. This will allow businesses to obtain much-needed financing to grow, expand and create jobs.   Access t

IFC Report Shows Indonesia’s Women-owned SMEs Need $6 billion in Financing

1 day 21 hours ago
Jakarta, Indonesia, May 24, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today released a report showing women-owned small and medium sized enterprises in Indonesia face a $6 billion financing shortfall to build their businesses, hampering their ability to contribute to the country’s economic g

Cleaner Production in Pakistan Would Save Money and Energy: IFC-Funded Study

1 week 1 hour ago
Islamabad, Pakistan, May 24, 2016 — Reducing the amount of power, water, and raw materials used in industry would help alleviate Pakistan’s crippling energy shortages, conserve natural resources, and increase manufacturing productivity, according to a new study funded by IFC, a member of the W

IFC ºi KRUK acþioneazã pentru soluþionarea creditelor neperformante acordate persoanelor fizice în România

1 week 13 hours ago
Bucureºti, România, 23 mai 2016—IFC, membrã a Grupului Bãncii Mondiale, ºi KRUK, lider în recuperarea datoriilor din Europa Centralã ºi de Est, au convenit sã achiziþioneze un portofoliu de credite neperformante de la Bancpost ºi alte subsidiare ale Grupului Eurobank din România, pentru a cont

IFC and KRUK Act to Resolve Non-Performing Retail Loans in Romania

1 week 13 hours ago
Bucharest, Romania, May 23, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and KRUK, a leading debt collection company in Central and Eastern Europe, have agreed to purchase a portfolio of non-performing loans (NPLs) from Bancpost and other subsidiaries of the Eurobank Group in Romania, to help s

IFC (Corporación Financiera Internacional) apoya la expansión de la Educación Superior en Argentina con US $10 millones de dólares a la Universidad del Salvador

1 week 21 hours ago
Washington, DC, 20 de mayo de 2016 -IFC, miembro del Grupo del Banco Mundial, proveerá a la Universidad del Salvador (USAL), una de las más grandes universidades privadas de Argentina, con US $10 millones de dólares, un préstamo a 10 años para apoyar la expansión de oportunidades de alta calid

IFC Supports Expansion of Higher Education in Argentina with $10 Million Loan to Universidad del Salvador

1 week 21 hours ago
Washington, DC, May 20, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide Universidad del Salvador (USAL), one of the largest private universities in Argentina, with a $10 million,10-year loan to support expansion of opportunities for high-quality, tertiary education in Buenos Aires. Th

IFC and the Cambodia Rice Federation Support the Advancement of Cambodia’s Rice Industry

1 week 3 days ago
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) are cultivating Cambodia’s rice industry to accelerate its growth in a sustainable way.   Today, IFC and CRF are hosting a knowledge sharing workshop to exchange ideas with government representatives, private sect

IFC, Ukrgasbank to Improve Access to Green Finance in Ukraine

1 week 3 days ago
Kyiv, Ukraine, May 18, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Ukraine’s Ukrgasbank have signed an agreement that will help local companies make investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, part of a wider effort to combat climate change in Ukraine. IFC will support the d

IFC and ADM Capital Launch New Platform to Advance Asian Emerging Markets, Turnaround SMEs and Save Jobs

1 week 6 days ago
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and ADM Capital, a leading investor in stressed companies in Asia and Europe, have launched a lending platform to support sound, but financially stressed companies in Asia. The platform will act as a safety net allowing small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

IFC lends $40 million to support Anima’s expansion and help increase access to quality postsecondary education in Brazil

1 week 6 days ago
São Paulo, May 16, 2016 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announces an investment of $40 million to support the expansion of Anima, one of the leading private education groups in Brazil. IFC’s eight-year loan will help expand quality and affordable education for more students in Brazil,

IMF News

Suriname: IMF Executive Board Approves US$478 Million Stand-By Arrangement

3 days 11 hours ago
Press Release

EU and IMF to Continue to Support Reforms in Western Balkan Countries

3 days 12 hours ago
Press Release

Albania: IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh Review of the Extended Fund Facility Arrangement

3 days 12 hours ago
Press Release

Somalia: Staff -Monitored Program-Press Release; and Staff Report

3 days 12 hours ago
Country Report No. 16/136

Côte d’Ivoire: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation

3 days 13 hours ago
Press Release

Mexico: IMF Executive Board Approves New Two-Year US$88 Billion Flexible Credit Line Arrangement

3 days 16 hours ago

Mexico: Arrangement Under the Flexible Credit Line and Cancellation of Current Arrangement—Staff Report

3 days 16 hours ago
Country Report

Central African Republic: IMF Staff Team Concludes the 2016 Article IV Consultation Mission and Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on an Economic Program Supported by an ECF Arrangement

3 days 17 hours ago
Press Release

Somalia: IMF Managing Director Approves Staff-Monitored Program

3 days 19 hours ago
Press Release

China and Asia in Global Trade Slowdown

3 days 20 hours ago
Working Paper No. 16/105

Chinese Imports: What’s Behind the Slowdown?

3 days 20 hours ago
Working Paper No. 16/106

Senegal: IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review Under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI)

4 days 11 hours ago
Press Release

Maldives: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation

4 days 11 hours ago
Press Release

IMF Video:Press Briefing on Tunisia<br/>Speakers: Amine Mati Mission Chief for Tunisia, IMF Wafa Amr Senior Communications Officer, Communications Department, IMF <br/>

4 days 12 hours ago

AFRITAC South Supports Strengthening Central Bank Communication

4 days 12 hours ago
Press Release

IMF Survey: Africa Seeks to Rev Growth Engines Amid Downturn

4 days 17 hours ago

Podcast: A Fork in the Road, China's Relationship with Africa

4 days 17 hours ago

Tunisia: Letter of Intent, Memorandum on Economic Financial Policies, and Technical Memorandum of Understanding, May 2, 2016

4 days 18 hours ago
Country's Policy Intentions Documents

Belize: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission

4 days 19 hours ago
Press Release

Kingdom of the Netherlands--Curaçao and Sint Maarten: Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV Consultation Discussions Visit

5 days 9 hours ago

Timor-Leste: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation

5 days 11 hours ago
Press Release

Colombia: Selected Issues

5 days 12 hours ago
Country Report

Excerpt from a Eurogroup Press Conference on Greece

5 days 12 hours ago

Transcript of a Conference Call on Greece

5 days 12 hours ago

Can Globalization Still Deliver? - Speech by David Lipton

6 days 11 hours ago

Grenada: Staff Report for the 2016 Article IV Consultation, Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility, Request for Waiver of Non-Observance of a Performance Criterion, Request for Modification of a Performance Criterion and Financing Assurances Rev

6 days 11 hours ago
Country Report

Bosnia and Herzegovina: IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on an Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility

6 days 16 hours ago
Press Release

France: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV Mission

6 days 19 hours ago

Kazakhstan: Statement by Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the End of her Visit

6 days 21 hours ago

Kazakhstan - Embracing the Next Transformation - Speech by Managing Director Christine Lagarde

1 week 4 hours ago

Estimating the Effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

1 week 12 hours ago
Working Paper No. 16/101

Monetary and Fiscal Policies and the Dynamics of the Yield Curve in Morocco

1 week 12 hours ago
Working Paper No. 16/103

IMF Statement on Suriname

1 week 12 hours ago
Press Release

Testing Shock Transmission Channels to Low-Income Developing Countries

1 week 13 hours ago
Working Paper No. 16/102

Costa Rica: 2016 Article IV Consultation—Staff Report

1 week 14 hours ago
Country Report

Costa Rica: Selected Issues and Analytical Notes

1 week 14 hours ago
Country Report

IMF’s Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center concludes its Annual Meeting in Beirut

1 week 17 hours ago
Press Release

Greece: Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis—Updated Estimates and Further Considerations

1 week 17 hours ago
Country Report

Italy: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 18 hours ago

Spillovers from Japan’s Unconventional Monetary Policy to Emerging Asia: a Global VAR approach

1 week 3 days ago
Working Paper No. 16/99

Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability in Arab Region

1 week 3 days ago
Working Paper No. 16/98

Jamaica—2016 Article IV Consultation and the 11th and 12th EFF Reviews Concluding Statement of the Mission

1 week 3 days ago

Colombia: 2016 Article IV Consultation—Staff Report

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report

Myanmar: IMF Staff Concludes Visit

1 week 3 days ago
Press Release

Podcast: Refugee Crisis Taking Toll on Jordan, Imad Fakhoury

1 week 3 days ago

Press Release: AFRITAC South Holds Seminar on Strengthening Supervisory Approaches to AML/CFT

1 week 3 days ago

Kiribati: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 3 days ago
Press Release

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Calls for Global Solidarity to Address Humanitarian Challenges

1 week 3 days ago
Press Release

Grenada: IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation and Fourth Review Under the Extend Credit Facility with Grenada and Approves US$2.8 Million Disbursement

1 week 3 days ago
Press Release

Transcript of a Press Briefing with Gerry Rice, Director, Communications Department

1 week 4 days ago

Barbados: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 4 days ago
Press Release

Iraq: IMF Mission Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on Financial Assistance under Three-Year Stand-By Arrangement

1 week 4 days ago
Press Release

Algeria Seeks to Diversify, Reshape Economy as Oil Revenues Decline : IMF Survey

1 week 4 days ago

Algeria : Selected Issues

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 16/128

Algeria: 2016 Article IV Consultation -- Press Release and Staff Report

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 16/127

Russian Federation: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 4 days ago

Norway: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 5 days ago

Algeria: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation - Press Release

1 week 5 days ago

Saudi Arabia: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission - Press Release

1 week 5 days ago

Costa Rica: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation -- Press Release

1 week 5 days ago

Ukraine: IMF Staff Concludes Review Mission

1 week 5 days ago
Press release

Republic of Marshall Islands: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission

1 week 5 days ago

Republic of Lithuania: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation

1 week 5 days ago

Republic of Lithuania: 2016 Article IV Consultation—Staff Report

1 week 5 days ago
Country Report

Republic of Lithuania: Selected Issues

1 week 5 days ago
Country Report

Malawi: Request for an Extension of the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement-Press Release and Staff Report

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report No. 16/124

Iran: Statement by Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, at the Conclusion of his Visit

1 week 6 days ago
Press Release

Republic of Kosovo: Technical Assistance Report—Enhancing Social Protection Cash Benefits

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report

OECD News - Corruption

International Anti-Corruption Practitioner Conference: Strengthening international co-operation

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14-16 June 2016, Paris: The OECD will host an International Anti-Corruption Conference organised by the French Ministry of Justice, and with the support of the World-bank and the United Kingdom. This three-day Conference will bring together representatives from anti-corruption authorities worldwide, responsible for investigating and prosecuting corruption.

Launch of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook

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The 2016 edition looks at past over-investment in certain sectors, the reversal of the commodity "supercycle"; the implications of low interest rates for corporate and institutional investors; the productivity performance of companies; the profitability of clean energy projects; the fiscal incentives for R&D and innovation.

Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

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This Global Forum strengthens the international dialogue on responsible business conduct and provides a ‌‌‌platform to exchange views on how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress. The 2016 Global Forum will focus on achieving meaningful impact through responsible business.

OECD Forum 2016: Productive economies, Inclusive societies

1 hour 59 min ago
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).

OECD News - Development

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

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The theme of the 2016 Forum taking place in Paris on 3 June is "New Challenges and Innovative Partnerships in a Shifting World". Key issues on the agenda include redefining partnerships to support inclusive and sustainable growth, and innovative policies to increase productivity and tackle inequalities.

OECD Forum 2016: Productive economies, Inclusive societies

1 hour 59 min ago
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).

How to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? We need a GPS

3 days 18 hours ago
With the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has set itself ambitious targets for the next 15 years. But ambition will also be essential if we are to collect and process the data needed for monitoring the goals. Thanks to more than half a century of experience, the OECD is well-placed to support this global project.

Africa’s choice: Business-as-usual or a green agenda?

5 days 17 hours ago
The Paris Agreement on climate change signals the end of business as usual for energy industries. For the first time in history more than 150 developed and developing countries have promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But how binding are these agreements? And do they provide impetus for local action in Africa?

It’s up to us all to end child labour

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A young boy named Kalu, who had been rescued from a carpet-weaving unit in Bihar, once raised a compelling and very significant question when he met then-President Bill Clinton. In conversation with the President, Kalu politely inquired about his plans and policies with regard to the world’s children and their condition.

Africa: Economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

1 week 1 day ago
How Africa urbanises will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, says the African Economic Outlook 2016 released today at the African Development Bank Group’s 51st Annual Meetings.

The OECD at the World Humanitarian Summit

1 week 1 day ago
The World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 23-24 May. The purpose of the summit is to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges.

Fighting poverty means fighting sexism

1 week 4 days ago
Nowhere in the world do women have as many opportunities as men, whether those opportunities are economic, social or political. If we’re going to make our commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) count, we have to start here.

OECD News - Economy

OECD Forum 2016: Productive economies, Inclusive societies

1 hour 59 min ago
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).

New OECD indicators trace productivity growth slowdown pre- and post- crisis

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Productivity growth – the central driver of rising economic output and material living standards – has been slowing in many advanced and emerging economies in the wake of the crisis, according to new data released today in the OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators.

Making growth more inclusive in Costa Rica

4 days 23 hours ago
In the past 30 years Costa Rica has grown steadily and social indicators have improved markedly. Well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions, such as health, environment or life-satisfaction. This paper reviews the social progress that Costa Rica has achieved and identifies reducing inequality and poverty as the main challenges.

How to boost export performance in Greece

5 days 8 min ago
Boosting investment in infrastructure and logistics, further liberalising the network industries, improving investment in human and knowledge-based capital to allow upgrading in the global value chains will be essential to enhance export performance.

Structural reforms to boost inclusive growth in Greece

5 days 46 min ago
This paper takes stock of the main structural reforms that Greece has undertaken since 2010, those currently proposed and that are in the process of implementation, and quantifies the medium and long‑term effects on output.

Structural reforms in a difficult time

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Structural reforms in a difficult time

Can we improve real-time estimates of the output gap for policy purposes?

6 days 16 hours ago
Can we improve real-time estimates of the output gap for policy purposes?

Korea needs new reforms to boost productivity, employment and growth

2 weeks 17 hours ago
Korea needs to boost productivity, increase employment and stoke economic activity as part of efforts to reverse current trends toward slower growth and low inflation, according to a new report from the OECD.

OECD News - Finance

Launch of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook

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The 2016 edition looks at past over-investment in certain sectors, the reversal of the commodity "supercycle"; the implications of low interest rates for corporate and institutional investors; the productivity performance of companies; the profitability of clean energy projects; the fiscal incentives for R&D and innovation.

OJK-OECD High-level Regional Seminar on Empowering MSMEs through Financial Literacy and Inclusion

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Jakarta, 1-2 June 2016: This symposium will address the importance of financial literacy and financial education for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

OJK-OECD High-level Regional Seminar on Empowering MSMEs through Financial Literacy and Inclusion

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Jakarta, 1-2 June 2016: This seminar will address the importance of financial literacy and financial education for empowering micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

OECD Forum 2016: Productive economies, Inclusive societies

1 hour 59 min ago
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).

Business and finance: The size of the reversal of the supercycle is bigger than you think

3 days 21 hours ago
27/05/2016 - The real economy will always seem to be disconnected from the financial economy during periods when the need for structural change is so overwhelming that it can hardly be otherwise. We have had the easiest monetary policy of any historical era outside of hyperinflations, and productivity fails to grow, economic activity is weak...

What is blocking business investment and productivity growth?

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21/05/2016 - It is seven years since the global crisis and despite easy monetary policy, financial regulatory reform, and G20 resolutions favouring structural measures, the world economy is not making a lot of progress. Adrian Blundell-Wignall gives a preview of what’s in the 2016 edition of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook.

World Trade Organization - News

Business leaders call for WTO to address pressing business issues

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Business leaders meeting today (30 May 2016) at the WTO headquarters outlined how the organization could address the current needs of the business community. In addition to the current negotiating agenda, they urged the WTO to look at a wide range of issues such as electronic commerce, rules to better facilitate services and investment flows, support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, action to provide trade finance, and many others.

WTO issues 2016 Annual Report

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The WTO has published its 2016 Annual Report covering the organization’s activities in 2015 and early 2016. The Report begins with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, who looks back at a memorable year for the WTO marked by the organization’s 20-year anniversary and the successful conclusion of the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.

WTO/World Bank Forum discusses how to ensure the poor gain from trade

4 days 16 hours ago
Trade policy must be carefully crafted to ensure trade helps to reduce poverty, concluded a joint WTO-World Bank forum on 26 May, with speakers explaining how sound policies can help farmers, women and workers benefit from trade.

DG Azevêdo welcomes Kazakhstan’s ratification of WTO trade facilitation deal in Astana

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo is in Astana, Kazakhstan, today (26 May) to meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev to discuss the country’s recent accession to the WTO and its prospects for further integration into the global economy. DG Azevêdo also met with Prime Minister Karim Massimov and was presented with Kazakhstan’s formal instrument of acceptance of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will take the total number of ratifications so far to 80.

Astana Economic Forum: ‘The new economic reality: diversification, innovation and knowledge economy’

4 days 16 hours ago

“Clear interest” in securing outcomes in rules negotiations for 2017 Ministerial

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WTO members have expressed a “clear interest” in securing outcomes in the rules negotiations for the organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in 2017, with a significant number of delegations interested in a result on fisheries subsidies, the chairman of the negotiations said on 25 May.

Aid for Trade continues to attract funding but commitments down

5 days 16 hours ago
Support for programmes intended to help poorer countries expand their participation in global trade continues to be provided but funding for trade facilitation and least-developed countries (LDCs), in particular, fell in 2014, WTO members heard in an Aid-for-Trade session of the Committee on Trade Development on 25 May.

Liechtenstein donates CHF 40,000 for developing countries’ participation in trade talks

5 days 16 hours ago
The government of Liechtenstein has contributed CHF 40,000 in 2016 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate effectively in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) will finance training workshops for officials in Geneva and elsewhere to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements. Since the creation of the fund in 2001, more than 2,400 workshops have been organized.

Tajikistan delivers acceptance of protocol amending TRIPS Agreement

1 week 16 hours ago
Tajikistan deposited its instrument of acceptance for the 2005 protocol amending the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 23 May 2016. Tajikistan’s Ambassador, Jamshed Khamidov, presented the instrument to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.

DG Azevêdo meets with European business group chief

1 week 16 hours ago
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 23 May with Markus Beyer, Director-General of BusinessEurope, the representative voice of the European business community.

Proposals for Public Forum 2016 to be submitted by 3 June

1 week 16 hours ago
Participants in this year’s Public Forum have until 3 June 2016 to submit a proposal for a session at the event, which will be held at the WTO from 27 to 29 September. The theme for the 2016 Forum is “Inclusive Trade”.

WTO members debate appointment/reappointment of Appellate Body members

1 week 16 hours ago
At its meeting on 23 May 2016, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) discussed the appointment and reappointment of members of the Appellate Body.

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

1 week 16 hours ago
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 23 May 2016, 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”.

EU appeals panel report in biodiesel dispute with Argentina

1 week 3 days ago
The European Union filed a notice of appeal on 20 May 2016 in the dispute with Argentina over anti-dumping measures on biodiesel from Argentina (DS473).

DG Azevêdo: ‘WTO can help Colombia seize new economic opportunities’

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Bogotá, Colombia, on 19 May to discuss the agreements reached at the WTO Ministerial Conferences held in Bali and Nairobi, the importance of implementing those deals, as well as the future work of the organization. During his visit he met with President Juan Manuel Santos, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Maria Claudia Lacouture and other high-level government representatives.

“The importance of the WTO in value-chain development for countries like Colombia”, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Colombia

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APEC ministerial meeting, Arequipa, Peru: Supporting the multilateral trading system

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DG Azevêdo welcomes strong support from APEC ministers for the WTO

1 week 6 days ago
At a meeting of APEC trade ministers in Arequipa, Peru (17-18 May), Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed ministers’ engagement and their determination that the WTO should keep delivering negotiated outcomes. During their session on ‘supporting the multilateral trading system’, APEC ministers recognized the significant outcomes agreed at the WTO’s 2015 Ministerial Conference in Nairobi and expressed their desire to deliver further results in the years to come – including at the WTO’s next Ministerial Conference (MC11), which will be held in 2017.

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