Qatar chaired the meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices in International Trade, which was held on Wednesday in the Swiss city of Geneva for one week. The committee was chaired by Ahmed Essa Al Sulaiti, acting director of the office of Qatar to the WTO, who was unanimously nominated for the position of chairing the committee for a period of two years.
The meeting featured previewing of policies adopted by member states in the field of anti-dumping in international trade, in addition to showcasing the procedures that are being put in place to notify member states about the approved mechanisms or complaints that are filed to the organisation. Alongside the main meeting, meetings were organised convening the Informal Group on Anti-Circumvention, and the Working Group on Implementation.
Anti-dumping is one of the most important tools for protecting free competition in the international trading system supporting the competitiveness of national products and combating harmful practices to them in international trade, defined dumping as “the export of a product into the country at an export price less than the normal value of the similar product in the exporting country in the normal course of trade”.
Qatar has been part of the WTO since its establishment in 1995. The organisation aims to promote free trade by regulating trade negotiations and acting as an independent mediator in settling trade disputes, providing member states with rules that support the exchange of goods and services, and promoting intellectual property protection.