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  To:          Members of the Committee on Agriculture                    Fax No:
               and Observer Governments

  From:        Ambassador Apiradi Tantraporn                              Date:       11 June 2001
               Chairperson
               Committee on Agriculture

  Number of pages (including this): 4                                     Ref:




    Committee on Agriculture (Special Session): Work Programme for the Second Phase
    of the Negotiations for Continuing the Reform Process Under Article 20 of the
    Agreement on Agriculture (G/AG/NG/7)


    Informal Special Session Meeting – 23 to 27 July 2001

    This is to confirm that the second Special Session meeting (informal) under the Work
    Programme for the second phase of the negotiations will be held on 23-27 July 2001,
    beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday 23 July, in the Centre William Rappard.

    An annotated agenda for this informal meeting is attached. As noted therein, the annotated
    agenda and the suggestions it contains are not intended to preclude or limit discussion of
    any trade and non-trade issues or options which Members consider to be relevant in relation
    to any of the topics listed for in-depth work at this meeting.

    Members intending to submit additional elaborated proposals are invited to do so where
    possible in advance of the meeting.


    Issues for in-depth work at the September and December 2001 Informal Special
    Session Meetings

    I would also like to take this opportunity to indicate, for planning purposes, that the following
    issues are scheduled for in-depth work at the following informal Special Session meetings:


    24-26 September 2001: (a) Rural development; (b) Geographical indications; (c) Green
    Box; (d) Blue Box; and (e) Special agricultural safeguard.


    3-5 December 2001: (a) Environment; (b) Trade preferences; (c) Food aid; (d) Consumer
    information and labelling; and (e) Sectoral initiatives.



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(Note: as each of the above meetings are to be followed by meetings of the regular
Committee and of the formal Special Session, respectively, some adjustment of the time
allocated for these meetings within each of the weeks concerned may prove to be
necessary. The main features of the in-depth work at the May, July and September informal
Special Session meetings will the subject of a report by myself as Chairperson to the formal
Special Session meeting on 28 September 2001, and a similar report on the 3-5 December
informal meeting will be made to the formal Special Session meeting on 7 December 2001.)

As Members are aware, the in-depth work of the second phase of the negotiations covers all
issues and options for policy reform set out in Members' proposals, with further elaboration
as appropriate. If there are developing country Members who require assistance regarding
additional or other issues for in-depth work, I am at their disposal.




[Delegations which would like to receive advance copies electronically of papers or other
documents are invited to communicate (unless they have already done so) an e-mail
address to the Secretariat (to: "dixie.reversy@wto.org" ): preferably, the e-mail address of
the person responsible for agricultural matters, or, failing that, the Mission e-mail address
plus the name of the person responsible for agricultural matters.]
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                                                                                       11 June 2001


Committee on Agriculture (Special Session): Work Programme for the Second Phase of the
Negotiations for Continuing the Reform Process Under Article 20 of the Agreement on
Agriculture (G/AG/NG/7)

Informal Special Session Meeting – 23 to 27 July 2001

Annotated Agenda

(Note: The following annotated agenda and the suggestions it contains are not intended to
preclude or limit discussion of any trade and non-trade issues or options which Members
consider to be relevant in relation to any of the topics listed for in-depth work.)


I.     EXPORT SUBSIDIES

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of Export
Subsidies might cover, inter alia:

       A.      Modalities for further commitments to reduce or eliminate export subsidies;

       B.      Anti-circumvention provisions (Article 10), including additional or more specific
               disciplines with respect to practices not listed in Article 9.1;

       C.      Special and differential treatment.


II.    EXPORT CREDITS

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of Export
Credits might cover, inter alia:

       A.      Rules and disciplines to govern the provision of export credits, export credit
               guarantees or insurance programmes;

       B.      Special and differential treatment, including with respect to Least-Developed and Net
               Food-Importing Developing Countries.


III.   STATE TRADING ENTERPRISES

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of State
Trading Enterprises might cover, inter alia:

       A.      More operationally effective rules and disciplines with respect to such enterprises in
               relation to market access opportunities;

       B.      More operationally effective rules and disciplines with respect to such enterprises in
               the area of export competition;

       C.      Special and differential treatment.
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IV.    EXPORT RESTRICTIONS

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of Export
Restrictions might cover, inter alia:

       A.      Quantitative export restrictions (Article 12 of the Agreement on Agriculture);

       B.      Export duties, taxes and other charges on or in connection with exports;

       C.      Special and differential treatment.


V.     FOOD SECURITY

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of Food
Security might cover, inter alia:

       A.      Developing country concerns;

       B.      Domestic support measures and food security;

       C.      Import measures and food security;

       D.      Export measures and food security;

       E.      Food aid;

       F.      Food security stocks.


VI.    FOOD SAFETY

It is suggested that work in-depth on the issues and options for policy reform in the area of Food
Safety might cover, inter alia, precautionary considerations and consumer concerns.



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