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					                                                      WORLD T RADE ORGANIZATION
                                                      ORGANISATION MONDIALE DU COMMERCE
                                                      ORGANIZACIÓN MUNDIAL DEL COMERCIO




                               WTO MONTHLY BULLETIN FOR NGOS
                                                                                                        November 2000
                                                                                                              No. 007

This electronic newsbulletin is an initiative by the Director-General of the WTO to facilitate access of non-governmental
organizations to publicly available WTO information. Subscription is open to all interested organizations and/or individuals.
For new subscribers, should you wish to receive this newsbulletin, please send an e-mail to the following address:
ngobulletin@wto.org. It would be highly appreciated if readers could let us know whether they find this newsletter useful.
For any comments, suggestions or questions, please sent them to the above-mentioned e-mail address.

CONTENTS:

   WTO and NGOs:
         - Internal and external meetings
         - Outreach activities
         - Links to selected recent official WTO documents
   Director-General weekly bulletin
   Main WTO News in Brief
   Special issues
   Selected speeches by DG in October
   Upcoming meetings


IMPORTANT NOTICE
As announced in earlier bulletins, the WTO website (http://www.wto.org/index.htm) has been completely re-vamped. Since
the website is still under construction, we apologize for any problems caused by the change to the new format. We hope to
have these sorted out soon. Your comments (http://www.wto.org/english/info_e/site3_e.htm#comments) will be much
appreciated

Access to the monthly NGO bulletin
Due to the above-mentioned re-vamp, the bulletin may still not be immediately available from the NGO page of the WTO
website.

Selected upcoming WTO meetings
    On 8 and 9 November, the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures will meet. The draft agenda contains
     several trade concerns raised by individual WTO Members. The Committee will also look at developing countries and
     the SPS agreement, including implementation related issues.
    On 9 November, WTO Members will meet to informally discuss external transparency. They will look at the individual
     submissions (see "Special issues" below) which Members have put forward.
    The Agricultural Committee will meet from 14 to 17 November, both in regular and Special Session. The latter is
     already the fourth meeting dedicated to the mandated agricultural negotiations. The Special Session will mainly look at
     existing and new submission from WTO Members.
    For the tentative weekly schedule of meetings, please go to http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm#WhatsOn
     For a complete list of WTO meetings, see below.

Outreach activities
   On 23 October 2000, WTO and World Bank opened an online forum on trade issues. The WTO and the World
    Bank invite government officials, business representatives, students, NGOs and anyone interested in trade matters to
    participate in a month-long online forum on “Trade and Sustainable Development” on their joint website starting on 23
    October 2000. The first two weeks of the forum will focus on “effects of trade on poverty”; and the final two weeks on
    “how to ensure that trade and environment are mutually supportive”. To enable an informed debate, major studies on
    these topics and links to research in other institutions will be posted
   WTO Internship Programme. The WTO Secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate
    students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. For further
    information on how to apply go to http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/vacan_e/intern_e.htm
   Access to SPS documents. All unrestricted documents to the Agreement on the application of Sanitary and
    Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) are now publicly available through a self-subscribing electronic mailing list. Documents
    will be sent through e-mail, usually twice a week. To subscribe to the list, send an e-mail message to
    listproc@list.unicc.org with the following in the body of the message (leave subject line blank): SUBSCRIBE SPS your
    full name. Your email address will be automatically registered. To unsubscribe, please follow the same procedure but

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     with the following message: UNSUBSCRIBE SPS your full name. Please note that the SPS documents will be sent in
     the language originally received.


Links to selected recent official WTO documents
   G/SPS/GEN/209 Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - SUMMARY REPORT ON THE SPS RISK
    ANALYSIS WORKSHOP - 19-20 June 2000 - Note by the Secretariat 03.11.00
   PRESS/TE/034 CTE HOLDS MEA INFORMATION SESSION AND DISCUSSES WTO-MEA RELATIONSHIPS,
    SERVICES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, RELATIONS WITH IGOs AND NGOs, FISHERIES SUBSIDIES AND
    LIBERALIZING ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - CTE ADOPTS 2000 REPORT AND SCHEDULE OF
    MEETINGS FOR 2001 31.10.00
   WT/WGTGP/4 REPORT (2000) OF THE WORKING GROUP ON TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
    PROCUREMENT TO THE GENERAL COUNCIL 31.10.00
   WT/CTE/5 REPORT (2000) OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT 30.10.00
   WT/L/367 GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR SUGAR TRADE REFORM AND LIBERALISATION - Banff, Canada - 9
    October, 2000 - Communication from Australia 30.10.00
   WT/L/368 CAIRNS GROUP FARM LEADERS PRESENTATION TO CAIRNS GROUP MINISTERS - Banff,
    Canada - 11 October 2000 - COMMUNICATION FROM AUSTRALIA 30.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/176 Committee on Trade and Environment - PERU'S EXPERIENCE OF THE PROTECTION OF
    TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES 27.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/177 Committee on Trade and Environment - THE STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL
    MEASURES ON MARKET ACCESS - Communication from India 27.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/175 Committee on Trade and Environment - UTILIZATION OF SUBSIDIES AND THEIR POSITIVE
    ROLE IN THE FISHERIES SECTOR - Communication from Korea 24.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/173 Committee on Trade and Environment - JAPAN'S BASIC POSITION ON THE FISHERY SUBSIDY
    ISSUE - Item 6 - Submission by Japan 23.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/174 Committee on Trade and Environment - THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION
    ON CLIMATE CHANGE (UNFCCC) - Communication from the UNFCCC Secretariat 23.10.00
   WT/DS135/8 EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - MEASURES AFFECTING ASBESTOS AND ASBESTOS-
    CONTAINING PRODUCTS - Notification of an Appeal by Canada under paragraph 4 of Article 16 of the
    Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU) 23.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/172 Committee on Trade and Environment - ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AND SERVICES: AN
    ASSESSMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OF FURTHER
    GLOBAL TRADE LIBERALIZATION - Information Note by the OECD Secretariat 20.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/168 Committee on Trade and Environment-CLARIFICATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
    THE WTO AND MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS - Submission by Switzerland 19.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/170 Committee on Trade and Environment - RESOLVING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WTO
    RULES AND MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS - Submission by the European Community
    19.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/165 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN
    ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) AND THE WTO - Communication from the
    CITES Secretariat 13.10.00
   WT/DS58/17 UNITED STATES - IMPORT PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN SHRIMP AND SHRIMP PRODUCTS -
    Recourse by Malaysia to Article 21.5 of the DSU 13.10.00
   WT/CTE/W/164 INTERGOVERNMENTAL POLICY DELIBERATIONS ON FORESTS: TRADE AND
    ENVIRONMENT - Communication from the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) Secretariat 12.10.00
   G/AG/NG/S/16 STUDIES ON THE IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT OF THE AGREEMENT ON
    AGRICULTURE - A Compilation by the Secretariat 09.10.00

DIRECTOR-GENERAL's WEEKLY BULLETIN
The weekly bulletin provides highlights of the Director-General's activities over the past weeks (due to website re-vamp,
some delay may occur). The bulletin is an initiative of the Director-General and can be found on the WTO website
(http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/dg_e/bullet_e.htm)

MAIN WTO NEWS IN BRIEF
  Moore cites e-commerce potential for development. WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in his opening remarks
   (http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/spmm_e/spmm40_e.htm) to the ITC Briefing Session
   (http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news00_e/prog_ecom_e.htm) on E-Commerce Conference on 31 October 2000,
   cited the development potential of e-commerce for “linking distant markets and creating new ones”. He stressed that
   “we at the WTO aim to do our best to promote rather than hinder the development of the Internet and to help the poor
   as well as the rich benefit from it”. The ITC is inviting the public to participate in an e-trade virtual forum on 20-23
   November 2000.
  WTO says reform helped Brazil recover from crisis. WTO members, in their review of Brazil's trade
   policies(http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp_rep_e.htm#brazil2000) on 31 October and 1 November, were
   impressed by the resilience of the Brazilian economy and its rapid recovery from the financial crisis of 1997 and 1998.
   Some of them asked for a simplification of laws and regulations governing trade.
   > Chairperson's concluding remarks: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/brazil.doc
   > Press release: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp140_e.htm
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   WTO head hails African free-trade area. Director-General Mike Moore, on 31 October 2000, hailed the
    establishment of a free trade area by nine members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
    (COMESA) as a “vote of confidence in trade as an engine for growth and development”.
    > Go to the story
   New dispute panel finds against EU measures on Indian bed linen. A WTO dispute panel has concluded that some
    aspects of the European Union’s anti-dumping measures against imports of cotton-type bed linen from India violated
    the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement. Download panel report WT/DS141/R
   Panel rules on Mexico-Guatemala cement dispute. A WTO dispute-settlement panel, on 24 October 2000, issued its
    report on Mexico's complaint against Guatemala's definitive anti-dumping measures on grey Portland cement from
    Mexico.
   Moore calls for cooperation on trade-environment issues. WTO Director-General Mike Moore, on 24 October 2000,
    called for greater cooperation and understanding between the WTO and environment agreements to help “maximize
    synergies and reduce potential tensions”. He also urged sensitivity to the needs of developing countries and vigilance
    against hidden protectionism. UNEP Executive-Director Klaus Töpfer said a coherent relationship between the WTO
    and these agreements will be “a vital element in creating a sustainable global economy”.
    > Go to Mr. Moore's speech > Go to Mr. Töpfer's speech
   Panels set up in steel safeguard, „shrimp-turtle‟ and corn syrup cases. The WTO Dispute Settlement Body agreed
    on 23 October 2000 to set up a new panel to hear Korea’s complaint about US safeguard measures on welded carbon
    quality pipes. It also recalled two panels to rule on whether the countries concerned are still failing to comply with
    rulings in the “shrimp-turtle” and high-fructose corn syrup anti-dumping cases. Details
   WTO holds “Geneva Week” for non-resident members. The Secretariat organized a second information week on
    21-27 October 2000 for the 37 WTO members and observers without permanent representation at headquarters.
    Director-General Mike Moore said “it is a way of increasing participation and transparency for the smaller members.”
    > Press release > Geneva Week page
   Delegations welcome progress report on implementation issues. Delegations, at the General Council's Second
    Special Session on Implementation on 18 October 2000, welcomed a progress report on consultations by the Chairman,
    Ambassador Kare Bryn (Norway), and Director-General Mike Moore on implementation issues as an important first
    step from which to build on. > Go to summary of the meeting
   WTO lauds Bahrain's liberal policies. WTO members, in their review of Bahrain's trade policies on 11 and 13
    October 2000, cited the role of liberal policies in helping the country maintain stable growth. There were questions on
    non-tariff measures and suggestions for more WTO commitments in services.
    > Chairperson's concluding remarks > Press release
   Dispute body adopts Canada patent reports, notes US-EU subsidy procedure understanding. The Dispute
    Settlement Body on 12 October 2000 adopted the panel and Appellate Body reports in the Canada —Term of Patent
    Protection case. It also approved a one-month postponement in the deadline for the US to implement the rulings in the
    “Foreign Sales Corporations” case, and took note of the US-EU understanding on how to proceed. News page
   WTO deputy chief says TRIPS balances health costs and benefits. A health challenge facing the international
    community is how to share the high costs of medical research and ensure the results are affordable for everyone, WTO
    Deputy Director-General Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza said in a speech on 28 September 2000.
   WTO holds trade policy course for LDC officials. Trade officials from 42 least-developed countries will participate
    in the WTO's third short trade policy course for LDCs on 16 October-3 November 2000. Director-General Mike Moore
    welcomed the record number of participants and the involvement, for the first time, of three regional Secretariats.
    > Go to the story
   Oman set to become 139th WTO member. The General Council, on 10 October 2000, approved the accession of
    Oman to the WTO. Director-General Mike Moore welcomed the forthcoming membership as “a new vote of confidence
    in the WTO”.
    > Go to the press release > Summary of the meeting
   WTO reinforces Spanish information service. The WTO Secretariat, on 5 October 2000, announced the appointment
    of a Spanish-speaking press officer, Mr. Josep Bosch, formerly of Agencia Efe. Spokesman Keith Rockwell said the
    goal is to "improve the dialogue" with the 400 million Spanish-speaking people of the WTO membership.
    > Go to the press release.
   African trade ministers to meet on WTO in Libreville. More than 50 African trade ministers, on 13-15 November
    2000 in Libreville, will discuss how the continent can participate more fully and maximize benefits in the WTO in a
    meeting organized by the Government of Gabon in collaboration with the WTO Secretariat.
    > Go to the press release
   WTO arbitrator sets deadline on auto pact dispute.A WTO arbitrator, in a report issued on 4 October 2000, gave
    Canada eight months — or until 19 February 2001— to implement recommendations and rulings regarding its “Auto
    Pact” dispute with the EC and Japan.
   Lithuania completes membership negotiations. WTO Director-General Mike Moore, on 2 October 2000, said the
    forthcoming membership of Lithuania should help “buttress the country's impressive reform programme and bring
    tangible economic benefits to her citizens”. A Working Party has approved the country's accession documents, which
    now go to the General Council for final approval in December 2000.
    > Go to the story


SPECIAL ISSUES
  Meeting of African trade ministers. Libreville 13-15 November 2000: More than 50 African trade ministers meet to
   discuss how the continent can participate more fully and maximize benefits in the WTO. Organized by the Government
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    of Gabon in collaboration with the WTO Secretariat.
    > Press release > Libreville meeting website
   External Transparency. On 9 November, WTO Members will meet informally to discuss the question of external
    transparency: WTO's relationship with NGOs, parliamentarians and the public at large. Discussion will focus on
    submissions received so far from the EC, US, Canada , Australia , Hong-Kong China and Norway .
   WTO Highlights January — August 2000: Informal background note Secretariat's note on some of the
    developments in the first eight months of this year.
     Go to the informal background note: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news00_e/bknote_e.htm
   Canadian NGO‟s statement seeks stronger trading system. A strengthened, rules-based trading system that does not
    conflict with environmental management, and a well-functioning WTO, are necessary for sustainable development, the
    Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) says in a new statement. Go to Community/forums
    area on our website for further information: http://www.wto.org/english/forums_e/outside_e/iisd2000_e.htm Please
    note that IISD has opened a Trade Statement Discussion Forum on its own website. To participate, go to:
    http://www.iisd.ca/tradestatement/

SELECTED SPEECHES BY THE DG IN OCTOBER
  26.10.00 “The Backlash Against Globalization? ”
   Liberal International, Ottawa
  24.10.00 Moore calls for cooperation on trade-environment issues
   WTO Director-General Mike Moore, on 24 October 2000, called for greater cooperation and understanding between the
   WTO and environment agreements to help “maximize synergies and reduce potential tensions”. He also urged
   sensitivity to the needs of developing countries and vigilance against hidden protectionism. UNEP Executive-Director
   Klaus Töpfer said a coherent relationship between the WTO and these agreements will be “a vital element in creating a
   sustainable global economy”.

UPCOMING WTO MEETINGS

For the tentative programme of WTO meetings for 2000, click here: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/meets.doc

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