None of the “Quad”—EU, India, South Africa, US—wholeheartedly endorsed it even though the text emerged from consultations among them, with the help of WTO director-general @NOIweala and her deputy @_AnabelG
Their common line was they hoped it could lead to agreement.
In it, the EU🇪🇺 complains that Turkey’s🇹🇷 measures on pharmaceuticals⚕️ discriminate against foreign products or producers through eg, localisation & banning imports that compete with localised products.
Another WTO meeting, another exchange of accusations about the invasion of Ukraine, followed by business (almost) as usual.
This time it was sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS, food safety, animal/plant health) Mar 24-25.
According to Geneva sources, Ukraine's statement included the question: how can it ensure standards are observed when its cities are almost wiped off the face of the earth.
🇦🇺🇨🇦🇪🇺🇯🇵🇰🇷🇳🇿🇳🇴🇵🇾🇬🇧🇺🇸 (name the flag) backed Ukraine
Russia said politics was not part of WTO work
Mar 17 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
Some initial thoughts on the compromise text produced by India, the EU, South Africa and the US, allowing most developing countries to suspend some patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines.
In this ⬇️: Broad implications (pandemic, WTO), and specifics
The text itself is here⬇️. It’s still unofficial, still has to be considered, approved and possibly amended by the WTO’s full membership. Any decision will be by consensus.
We still speak of the #TRIPSwaiver, but it's now a “decision”, not a waiver.
1. Suspending equal treatment (MFN) does not in itself raise trade barriers. Unlike in the US where tariffs automatically go to another list, this allows the EU to set new tariffs or other measures. That has to happen too.
Permanent normal trading relations (PNTR) is the US’s (more accurate) term for “most-favoured-nation” (MFN) treatment—non-discrimination between trading partners. The most important principle in WTO rules.
A formal meeting of the WTO intellectual property (TRIPS) council this afternoon heard reports from an attempt by four members (EU, India, SAfrica, US) to break the deadlock over waiving the obligation to protect some intellectual property for COVID-19 (the #TRIPSwaiver)
WTO deputy head @_AnabelG who is coordinating (with DG @NOIweala) with the group of 4 said the talks have been difficult but she hoped a compromise could be possible.
One approach explored is to separate vaccines from diagnostics and therapeutics. (Why? Explained in 9/10)
Feb 22 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Proposed rescheduled in-person WTO Ministerial Conference—June 2–4 or week of June 13, Geneva.
General Council chair Dacio Castillo the earliest feasible dates taking account of availability of Swiss security and other facilities.
Based on what he heard informally today, Castillo will consult members and report to the formal General Council tomorrow & Thursday.
Most delegations preferred the week of Jun 13, some preferred Jun 2–4, but most said they were flexible, according to a Geneva trade official