WTO signalling it does not want to allow countries to use COVID-19 as an excuse to get out of their trade commitments.(which includes the offshore trading of potentially tens of millions of good jobs, to companies outside the US, a sensitive subject now)

Trade barriers as the WTO frames them, have increased 350% partly due to COVID. That means they intend to rule on the measures, and possibly overturn them.

WTO report shows trade restrictions among G20 continuing at historic high levels

We have  made significant commitments in areas including healthcare, higher education, and many others.

The promises were formally made in Schedules of Specific Commitments back when the Marrakesh Agreement establshing the WTO was signed in 1994.. (There are serious and important questions about these undemocratic agreements legitimacy. see the relevant keywords on the left )

The American people have never been told this was done, during the subsequent 25 years. This presents a moral dilemma, a severe challenge for multilateralism which demands truth telling. A challenge which they have so far failed to rise to.

Commenting on the report, then Director-General (of the WTO) Roberto Azevêdo said:

“This report provides further evidence that the turbulence generated by current trade tensions is continuing, with trade flows being hit by new trade restrictions on a historically high level. The stable trend that we saw for almost a decade since the financial crisis has been replaced with a steep increase in the size and scale of trade-restrictive measures over the last year. This will have consequences in increased uncertainty, lower investment and weaker trade growth.

“These findings should be of serious concern for the whole international community. We urgently need to see leadership from the G20 to ease trade tensions and follow through on their commitment to trade and to the rules-based international trading system.”

Key Findings, summarized.

This Report covers new trade and trade - related measures implemented by G20 economies between 16 October 2018 and 15 May 2019. • The trade coverage of new import-restrictive measures introduced by G20 economies during this period was more than 350% the average since May 2012 when the Report started including trade coverage figures. G20 economies must follow through on their commitment to trade and to the rules - based international trading system and work together urgently to ease trade tensions and to improve and strengthen the WTO

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