Goods/General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
Council debates national security exceptions to WTO rules
Raja, Geneva, 6 July 2017)
meeting of the WTO Goods Council on 30 June debated the issue of national
security exceptions to the WTO rules, with a number of members voicing
concerns over the "systemic risks" posed by the investigations
initiated by the United States earlier this year into steel and aluminium
imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
lowers MC11 ambition on AD-CVD, US still opposed
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 30 June 2017)
faces an acid test for bringing about a modest outcome of improvements
in trade remedies at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial
meeting in Buenos Aires in December as the United States remains dead
opposed to any changes in the anti-dumping provisions as well as negotiated
deliverables in the Argentinean capital.
Facilitation and links to China's OBOR
Raghavan, Geneva, 22 May 2017)
stalemate over the agenda at the General Council last week, resolved
on 18 May with a compromise of sorts by the statement from the GC
Chair, Amb. Xavier Carim of South Africa, has nevertheless brought
to the fore many questionable practices of the secretariat and major
systemic issues that, if left unresolved, may soon result in causing
irreparable damage to the WTO multilateral trading system.