Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Sept09/22)
little progress" after two-day meeting, says NAMA Chair
Geneva, 25 Sep (Kanaga Raja) -- A two-day meeting of the Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA) that focused on technical work on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and the sectoral initiative achieved "a little progress", the Chair of the negotiations said Thursday.
Ambassador Luzius Wasescha of
Chair also highlighted the active participation in particular of the
According to trade officials, at the informal meeting, the proponents and opponents of some of the proposals dealing with NTBs (page 22 of Annex 5 of the Chair's December text) were involved in a question-and-answer session to clarify some aspects of the documents.
respect of NTBs related to trade in electronic goods, the Chair considered
as "contradictory" two proposals - one by the
According to trade officials, the Chair encouraged proponents to seek convergence on different texts and, in the next revision, to aim as much as possible at a legal form of text.
On the sectoral initiative, members organized several short meetings on forestry products; fish and fish products; electronics and electrical products; chemicals; healthcare; bicycles, sports equipment and hand tools; industrial machinery; and textiles, clothing and footwear.
According to trade officials, there was no detailed information provided to the Negotiating Group on any specific progress registered at these meetings.
In his concluding remarks, Ambassador Wasescha said that both he and senior officials will be more involved in the coming weeks. (A new NAMA week of discussions is scheduled for the first week of November).
Speaking to journalists after the informal meeting, the Chair said that he sensed a timid start to enter into a more legally-based draft text (on NTBs). He said that he encouraged members to prepare to come with legally-drafted texts for the coming sessions.
On the sectoral initiative, the Chair said that a factual discussion and technical work is now taking place among delegations.
He said that the two-day meeting achieved "a little progress" and that the atmospherics was positive. +