World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 6 February 2004 (Issue 2004/4)

Key Issues

Chairs of the negotiating groups to be selected at General Council

Next week’s WTO General Council meeting (11-12 February) is expected to select new chairs for the negotiating groups. The groups last met just prior to the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancún, but have not met since. Active, behind the scenes discussions in Geneva over the past few weeks have sought to reach agreement on chairs before next Wednesday’s meeting. No public comment has been issued by the WTO Secretariat on who may be selected. There are eight negotiating groups – agriculture, rules, industrials, services, TRIPS, development, environment and dispute settlement review (DSU). When reconvened, it is expected that the groups will focus on the key issues identified by Chair of the General Council, Castillo and the Director-General of the WTO, Supachai, at the last General Council meeting in December 2003, in order to take the round forward.

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva


11-12 WTO General Council Meeting

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This bulletin is issued by the Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It summarises key WTO Doha Round-related activities over the past week.

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