World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 16 July 2004 (Issue 2004/23)

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

Release of draft July framework expected

Chair of the WTO General Council, Oshima is expected to release a draft July framework text on 16 July that will be the subject of intense discussion and negotiation in the lead-up to the General Council meeting that begins 27 July. A final version of the agreed framework text will guide the next phase of the negotiations. The draft text will be circulated to delegations in Geneva but formal discussions on the content of the draft text is not expected until later in the week beginning 19 July, allowing Capitals time to examine it closely.

ACP / G90 Ministers Meeting in Mauritius discusses July package

Developing country members of the WTO, including the 79 African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) bloc and the G90 met in Mauritius this week (12-13 July) to discuss the state of the Round and their approach to the July package and negotiations in the lead-up to the July General Council meeting. Also attending the meeting was European Union Commissioner Pascal Lamy and United States Trade Representative, Robert Zoellick.

Ministers emphasised the importance of a successful Doha Round, especially for vulnerable developing countries, and noted the importance of developing country issues to the majority membership of the WTO. The Mauritian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cuttaree, stressed the importance for G-90 members to be forward looking, constructive and not defensive in approaching trade negotiations. There was an overall assessment by those attending that the Doha Round had moved back on track and that real prospects for a successful Doha outcome existed.

At the conclusion of the two day meeting, ACP/G90 members issued an "elements of a G-90 platform on the Doha Work Programme". In the document members reiterated the importance of fulfilling the objectives agreed at Doha and outlined a series of issues of major importance to ACP/G90 countries in the negotiations, including agriculture, industrials, services, Cotton, Singapore issues and development issues.

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva


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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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