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Explained: How to read the WTO panel's sugar report against India

December 17, 2021 2:43 pm

On a complaint by Australia, Brazil and Guatemala, a dispute settlement panel has found India's domestic support and export subsidy measures in the sugar sector to be in violation of international trade rules. India has rejected the report, said its sugar sector policies would not be impacted, and that it would appeal the findings.

Sugar subsidies ‘inconsistent’, withdraw in 120 days: WTO panel; India to appeal

December 15, 2021 5:58 am

Ruling in favour of Brazil, Australia and Guatemala in their trade dispute with India over sugar subsidies, the WTO panel said, “We recommend that India bring its WTO-inconsistent measures into conformity with its obligations under the Agreement on Agriculture and the SCM Agreement.”

The pandemic is an opportunity to correct some historical wrongs

November 26, 2021 8:12 am

Sachin Chaturvedi writes: The 12th Ministerial Conference of WTO must grant TRIPs waiver for vaccines, Covid-related medical supplies

WTO to start Covid-19 vaccine supply negotiations amid clash on patents

June 10, 2021 8:58 am

South Africa and India, backed by many emerging nations, have been pushing for eight months for a temporary waiver of IP rights on vaccines and other treatments.

Australia says WTO should punish Chinese economic coercion

June 09, 2021 4:56 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia would be working with others to buttress the role of the World Trade Organization and to modernise its rulebook where necessary.

Explained: Intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines

May 11, 2021 8:43 am

The United States will pursue negotiations at WTO to waive intellectual property for Covid-19 vaccines. This can allow large-scale production in middle-income countries, but there are arguments against the move.

Taking ‘extraordinary measures,’ Joe Biden backs suspending patents on Covid-19 vaccines

May 06, 2021 7:56 am

The United States had been a major holdout at the World Trade Organization over a proposal to suspend some of the world economic body’s intellectual property protections, which could allow drugmakers across the globe access to the closely guarded trade secrets of how the viable vaccines have been made.

Explained: Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, first female and African to head WTO?

February 17, 2021 10:39 am

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian economist who has been serving the public domain as an expert on development and finance.

Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO

February 17, 2021 10:37 am

She takes over after four turbulent years in which US President Donald Trump used new tariffs, or import taxes, against China and the European Union to push his America first trade agenda.

All major economies will be drawn into US-China contestations over international trade

May 12, 2020 9:15 am

Significant political contestations within the US and between the US and China to reform, reorient or bypass the WTO system are at hand. All major economies will be drawn into this conflict.