World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 19 March 2004 (Issue 2004/10)

Key Issues

Services Cluster Meets

A two week cluster of GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services) meetings will commence in Geneva on Monday 22 March 2004. The cluster will include meetings of the Council for Trade in Services and all its subsidiary bodies, "Friends' Groups" dealing informally with particular sectoral issues and bilateral meetings to discuss services requests and offers. There will also be a two day workshop on domestic regulation.

Rules Negotiating Group agrees to go informal

The WTO Rules Negotiating Group met on 16 March 2004 for the first time since Cancun. Members discussed a paper submitted by the "Friends of Anti-dumping Negotiations" (FANS) (a group of countries including Japan, Brazil and nine others) on the concept of "affiliatedparties", relevant to the calculation of dumping margins. All members agreed that the issue of affiliation should be discussed, although the FANS proposals failed to win universal support.

Members also agreed to replace the current pattern of formal meetings and exchanges of questions and answers, with more regular, focussed technical discussions between members in an informal mode, coupled with the submission of "elaborated proposals" by set deadlines prior to the holding of the actual formal meetings.

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva

MARCH

22 Committee on Specific Commitments

22-26 Committee on Agriculture –Special Session

23 Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

23 Committee on Trade in Financial Services

24 Working Party on GATS Rules

25 Committee on Agriculture

25 Council for Trade in Services

25 Dispute Settlement Body –Special Session

29-31 Negotiating Group on Market Access

31 Working Party on Domestic Regulation

APRIL

1 Committee on Trade and Development – Special Session

1 Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration

2 Council for Trade in Services – Special Session

2 Committee on Market Access

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Office of Trade Negotiations
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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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