World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 10 September 2004 (Issue 2004/30)

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

Input on trade in services sought

In the July Framework Package WTO Members established May 2005 as the date for lodgement of improved offers in trade in services. Australia aims to submit a revised services offer by this date. In preparation, officials have begun a series of domestic consultations with the dual aims of prioritising Australia's requests of trading partners for improved market access for Australian services exporters and identifying areas where Australia can make an improved offer by the May 2005 deadline.

Consultations with government, industry and non-government organisation stakeholders in all States and Territories have begun. This week productive consultations were held in Brisbane. Officials plan to follow up with more detailed discussions with all stakeholders in the coming months.

In order to further develop the Australian approach to the next phase of services negotiations, stakeholders are requested to provide comments or written submissions no later than 6 December 2004. Comments can be submitted to:

The Director
Services Trade and Negotiations Section
Office of Trade Negotiations
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221
Or by email to: services.negotiations@dfat.gov.au

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva

SEPTEMBER

15 Trade Policy Review Body - Korea

16-17 Textiles Monitoring Body

17 Trade Policy Review Body - Korea

20-23 Services Meeting

21-23 Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

23 Committee on Agriculture

24 Council for Trade in Services

27 Council for Trade in Services - Special Session

27 Dispute Settlement Body

28-29 Committee on Trade and Development

28-30 Negotiating Group on Rules

28 Trade Policy Review Body - Rwanda

30 Trade Policy Review Body - Rwanda

30 Committee on Import Licensing

OCTOBER

1 Council for Trade in Goods

1 Council for Trade in Services - Special Session

Contact Us

Trade Policy Section
Office of Trade Negotiations
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
BARTON ACT 0221
Fax: (02) 6261 3514
or e-mail trade.consult@dfat.gov.au

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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