Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Nov09/15)
on templates moves ahead, some signs of movement on SSM
to trade officials, there also appeared to be some tentative signs of
movement on the key issue of the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) during
private consultations in the week held by the Chair of the negotiations,
Ambassador David Walker of
Members discussed the work on templates on 16 November and again briefly on 20 November.
According to trade officials, Members are moving from the first stage of the task in relation to identifying what is needed to the second stage involving the design of forms that will eventually contain the commitments of Members.
Trade officials said that among the issues where on-going work remains is on how to implement the "no new products, no new markets" provisions on export subsidies.
Another issue is on identifying how much of a country's "Blue Box" domestic support is for individual products.
The issue of missing data (in order to calculate some of the commitments) was discussed on 17 November.
According to trade officials, concerned delegations were asked to supply the data by 4 December in order for Members to study these.
The Chair held private consultations with some delegations during the week on the issues of special products, the Special Safeguard Mechanism and tropical products and preferences.
officials said that judging from the Chair's report and the comments
of one Member (
Ambassador Walker said that it was clear that Members have been analyzing the proposal technically.
to trade officials,
The Chair however informed Members that positions remain divided on the number of special products that developing countries can select.
The Chair further said that he heard that some Members were close to agreement on tropical products but were not quite ready to bring the issue back to the full membership. Part of this is in relation to the issue of bananas.
to trade officials,
It said that bananas should be treated as a separate issue from tropical products and preferences in the agriculture negotiations.
The agriculture negotiations continue in the week of 7 December. +