World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

Week ending 2 July 2004 (Issue 2004/21)

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

Trade Negotiations Committee - 30 June 2004

The second post-Cancn meeting of the WTO's Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) was held in Geneva on 30 June 2004. In his role as Chair of the TNC, WTO Director-General Dr Supachai (Thailand) urged delegations to work on converting existing political commitment to agree on a July framework package to guide the next phase of negotiations, into real progress in Geneva. Dr Supachai indicated that he and the Chair of the General Council Ambassador Oshima (Japan) intended to circulate a first draft text of the proposed July package within the next two weeks.

The Chairs of each of the eight negotiating groups provided detailed work reports to the TNC. Most interest focussed on the statement by Agriculture Chair Groser (New Zealand), which set out the key areas of difference across each of the three agricultural pillars. These areas of difference will be further discussed in the lead-up to the 27,28 July WTO General Council meeting.

See the Dr Supachai's opening remarks to the TNC

WTO Committee on Trade and Environment- 21-22 June 2004

A regular meeting of the Committee of Trade and Environment (CTE) was held on 21 June 2004, followed by a CTE Special Session meeting on 22 June 2004. Both meetings were fairly low key, given the attention that is being given to other areas of the Doha negotiations at the moment, particularly in the context of the proposed end-July package.

Discussions in the Special Session focused on two recent papers from the US (TN/TE/W/40) and Chinese Taipei (TN/TE/W/41) on the interaction between the WTO and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Taken with the EC paper submitted on this issue at the last CTE Special Session in April 2004 (TN/TE/W/39), members debated the merits of a practical, experience-based focus on the interaction between MEAs and WTO rules, as opposed to a more conceptual-based framework. In addition, there was some futher discussion on categorising envrionmental goods and services, following up on a US paper (TN/TE/W/38) submitted prior to the April CTE Special Session.

All of these papers are available on the WTO website

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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