World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 9 July 2004 (Issue 2004/22)

This bulletin, summarising key WTO Doha Round-related activities, is issued by the Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Key Issues

The July 'Framework Package'

Negotiations in Geneva on all sectors will intensify over the next two weeks to determine text for the July 'Framework Package' covering all the Doha Round negotiations. The agriculture negotiations will be particularly intense, with the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture (Groser NZ) expected to produce a Chair's text next week.

General Council Chair Oshima will be conducting consultations with the Chairs of all negotiating committees and key Groups and is expected to provide a draft framework text by the end of next week for final negotiations.

The 27-29 July General Council meeting remains the current deadline for finalisation of the Framework Package.

WTO Special Session for Trade in Services - 2 July 2004

Members of the Special Session for Trade in Services met on 2 July 2004, and agreed to a set of recommendations to be forwarded to the Trade Negotiations Committee. The recommendations emphasised the need for the services neogtiations to be highlighted in the July package. It was also agreed that Members who have not yet submitted services offers should do so as soon as possible, and reference was made to the need to ensure a high quality of offers. In addition, Members considered that a date for submission of a round of revised offers should be established as soon as feasible.

Brazil lodged an offer on 29 June but it has yet to be circulated. The offer covers 14 sectors, including construction, distribution and tourism services. It does not include telecommunications or financial services. While falling short of what Brazil is capable of, the offer was welcomed as a reflection of Brazil's commitment to the services negotiations and for the encouragement is may give to other developing countries to make offers. Mauritius also lodged an offer, making it dependent on resolution of an emergency safeguard mechanism for services and meaningful market access in Mode 4 (temporary entry of people).

Discussion Paper on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) - Current State of Play

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has now updated the GATS Discussion Paper it originally circulated in January 2003. The updated Discussion Paper covers recent developments, and has been re-issued to facilitate input from interested stakeholders during consultations that the Department intends to hold over the next few months.

Currently in the GATS negotiations, there are 44 services offers on the table covering 65 WTO Members. Australia lodged an initial services offer with the WTO on 31 March 2003, a copy of which is available on the DFAT website (http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/gats_schedule_initial_offer_0303.pdf). Australia has also made 35 initial GATS requests to other WTO Members, seeking the removal of market access barriers and measures that discriminate against Australian services exporters across 21 services sectors.

The updated GATS Discussion Paper is accessible at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/services/gats_discussion_paper_2004.html.

Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) - Formal meeting postponed

Movement on negotiations on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) continues to be delayed by the slow progress of the agricultural negotiations. The formal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) scheduled for 6-8 July 2004 was postponed. Instead, the Chair of the NAMA negotiations, Ambassador Johannesson (Iceland) conducted informal consultations with groups of Members, on a possible NAMA text for the July package. Discussions centred on the existing Derbez text for NAMA proposed at Cancun.

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva

JULY

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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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