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We hope all of our Members, delegates, friends, and their families are doing well notwithstanding the current circumstances.

As some of the lockdown restrictions are starting to be eased, we wanted to update you on the ACWL’s operating practices during the May 11-June 8 phase of the Swiss government’s plans to re-open.  Generally, in keeping with the Swiss government’s and the WTO’s protocols, we will continue to work primarily from home.  This means that:

  • We will have a skeleton staff of a maximum of 4-5 people in the office each day, subject to strict adherence to social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • We will avoid face-to-face meetings in our office with delegates and non-ACWL personnel.
  • Any face-to-face meetings will respect the Swiss government’s mandated maximum of no more than five people.
  • We will continue to be fully available to assist our Members and the LDCs remotely.  This will include assisting our developing country Members and the LDCs in dispute settlement proceedings, preparing legal opinions, and conducting virtual training sessions.
  • We will update these protocols in line with any further guidance issued by the Swiss government and the WTO.

With the cooperation of our Members and the LDCs, we have been able to continue to be very productive in the past several weeks.  While we would rather be in our offices and welcoming delegates and colleagues  as usual, we appreciate the effort everyone has made to surmount the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

We look forward to continuing to work with you as closely as possible as the COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted.

Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team if we can be of assistance.

Thank you.

The ACWL Team

 

8 May 2020

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