Global: WTO members demand no restrictions on exports

Updated Jun 4, 2023
The members of the World Trade Organization demanded the importance of not imposing bans or restrictions on exports in a manner that contradicts the relevant provisions of the World Trade Organization. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said 100 restrictions were imposed on the export of foodstuffs and fertilizers following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, but the number of measures still in effect decreased to 63. "This is in the right direction," she said. "It's helped but we can still do more, and we're pushing for transparency and notification so we can do that." In addition, WTO members have adopted 80 measures to facilitate trade in food and fertilizers. The Director-General noted that WTO members are also seeking to advance negotiations on agriculture and shed more light on food security concerns. "If we can look at food security in a new light and try to withdraw from the agricultural negotiations, what would be more beneficial to boosting global food supplies, ...
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