Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid pandemic: WTO | AFP

Global trade growth is expected to plummet by up to a third in 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization says. “If the pandemic is not brought under control then governments failing to coordinate policy responses, the the decline could be 32% or more,” World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo says during a virtual news conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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Pandemic could provoke ‘deepest economic recession… of our lifetimes’: WTO chief | AFP

The COVID-19 pandemic could provoke the deepest recession in living memory, World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo warns. “As we face what may well be the deepest economic recession or downturn of our lifetimes, we should aim to make the most of all potential drivers of sustainable growth to reverse this situation,” he says during a virtual news conference in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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The EU to launch trade dispute against Colombia over frozen fries | AFP

The European Union is preparing to launch a case against Colombia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the country’s anti-dumping measures on imports of frozen fries from three European countries. SOUNDBITE

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Angry Trump rails against Biden, media, WTO

Unleashing an unusual show of anger, President Donald Trump railed against former Vice President Joe Biden, his son, the media and the World Trade Organization at a joint press conference in the White House East Room with Finland’s president. (Oct. 2)

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Trump: WTO’s Airbus-Boeing ruling a big ‘win’ for US | AFP

US President Donald Trump hails a World Trade Organization ruling allowing Washington to retaliate against Europe’s illegal support for Airbus as a big “win” for the United States. “We’ve had a lot of wins, this was a $7 billion win, not bad” says the President. SOUNDBITE

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‘Redetermining bilateral relationships’: US allies call for WTO to review trade tariffs

US allies from around the globe are rounding on Washington – as a trade dispute over metal tariffs reaches the World Trade Organisation.

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EU sends legal challenge to WTO against US and China: Malmstrom

The EU’s Trade Commissioner announces the bloc will open legal challenges against China and the United States at the World Trade Organization as punishing trade tariffs announced by Washington raise the prospects of a global trade war. SOUNDBITE