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SUNS # 8918 Monday 3 June 2019

Trade : Panel set in UAE-Qatar goods dispute, AB impasse continues   (Kanaga Raja, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on Tuesday agreed to establish a dispute panel, at the request of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to examine certain measures maintained by Qatar on the importation, stocking, distribution, marketing, or sale of goods originating in the UAE.

Trade : China lambasts US at WTO over Huawei ban   (Kanaga Raja, Geneva) (PRIV)
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A meeting of the WTO Committee on Market Access on 28 May heard China criticising the United States over its recent prohibitions on the Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd purportedly on national security grounds.

WHO : Member States adopt resolution on transparency in medicine pricing   (K M Gopakumar, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) of health ministers on 28 May adopted the resolution on "Improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines, and other health products" in what is considered as a first step to improve the transparency on medicine pricing and other factors impacting prices such as clinical trial costs.

Opinion : Finance's new avatar   (IPS, Kuala Lumpur/Penang) (PRIV)
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Kuala Lumpur/Penang, 28 May (IPS/Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Michael Lim Mah Hui*) -- Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon.

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