World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 30 April 2004 (Issue 2004/12)

Key Issues

Agriculture negotiations

The second set of post-CancĂșn negotiations in the Agriculture Special Session was held last week from 19-23 April 2004. The chair (Ambassador Groser from New Zealand) once again structured the week around informal Group-to-Group meetings. The Cairns Group maintained an active profile, meeting with the EC, US, G90, G20, G10 and Africa Group.

The general view from delegations was that the discussions had been substantive and there had been a number of new ideas. At the final plenary session on Friday, Ambassador Groser noted that the overall mood remained positive and that he continued to sense considerable political commitment to a deal. However, all agreed that much work still needs to be done if a framework text is to emerge in the next month or two.

The next agriculture negotiating sessions are scheduled for 2-4 June, 23-25 June and 14-16 July 2004.

WTO Negotiating Group on Rules

The WTO Negotiating Group on Rules met on 26 and 28 April 2004, with informal meetings taking place between the two formal gatherings.

Discussions in the first meeting focused on anti-dumping measures (based on a submission by the US), while the second meeting concentrated on fisheries subsidies, following a New Zealand submission. Both papers are available on the WTO website (see http://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/docs_e.htm ).

Nepal makes 147

The Kingdom of Nepal became the 147 th member of the WTO on 23 April 2004. Nepal commenced its accession negotiations in 1989, and its accession package was formally approved on 11 September 2003 at the WTOs 5 th Ministerial Conference in CancĂșn.

A further 24 countries are in accession negotiations to become members of the WTO, while Vanuatu and Cambodia have completed negotiations but are yet to accede.

Forthcoming meetings in Geneva

MAY

3 Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology

5 Committee on Import Licensing

5 Negotiating Group on Rules – Regional Trade Agreements

10-14 Geneva Week

10-12 Negotiating Group on Market Access

11 Committee on Trade and Development

11 Dispute Settlement Body 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.

[More WTO Doha Round Bulletins]